HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) – Michigan Tech held their Spring Career Fair in the Student Development Center, Wednesday February 21.
More than 200 employers were set up in the S.D.C. from Target and Tesla, to Harley Davidson and Ford Motor Company.
They were on hand to recruit from more than 2,000 Michigan Tech students in attendance.
The Michigan Tech Pep Band led the waiting students into the S.D.C. gym where hundreds of recruiters waited to attract their next employees.
“This Career Fair is a staple for Michigan Tech Students, we use this even to recruit students, letting them know that we have one of the world’s largest multi-major career fairs in the country so it means a lot,” Michigan Tech University Career Services Communications Manager Jennifer Wall said.
Most of the companies have been recruiting from Michigan Tech for years because of their reputation for consistently talented grads.
“All of the recruiters that we come up here with are Michigan Tech alum, so we all know that Michigan Tech really creates the best and brightest students that we need in the engineering fields at Ford motor company,” Ford Motor Company Recruiter Wills Frantz said.
35 new companies were on hand to recruit Tech students, from established companies looking to further improve their brand, to fairly new companies looking to expand their presence.
“There’s a goal right now to get up to 5,000 cars a week so that’s a pretty steep incline, so we’re working on automated systems just to make that number,” Tesla Automation Development Department Technical Writer Cassandra Matchinski said.
Tesla’s Automation Development Department is hiring talent from Michigan Tech to be able to mass produce vehicles in most of their factories.
“We expanded our boundaries so it just seemed logical that we would come here and get the best,” Matchinski said.
To find the right match in a sea of qualified, hard-working students, one company said they look for someone with a smile on their face, who wants to do a great job for their company, but other things also help.
“Extra-curriculars, they don’t hurt, so anybody that has a passion for usually motor sports or we get a lot of students that love to work for us in Tomahawk because they love snowmobiling, fishing, hunting,” Harley-Davidson Human Resources’ Katie Kwas said.
According to staff, many students will be able to interview with employers after meeting today as soon as Thursday.