UH Manoa engineering graduates remain marketable

National recruiters continue to seek graduates from UH Manoa

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Eric R. Matsunaga, (808) 956-7584
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Bright Light Marketing
Posted: Apr 7, 2009

National companies continue to hold recruiting sessions for juniors and soon-to-be graduates at the University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Engineering, despite the current economic downturn.

At the recent Career Day held at the College in February, 74 companies including Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Actus Land Lease, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and the CIA presented corporate information and employment opportunities to engineering students enrolled at Manoa.

"Although employer participation in our Spring Career Day was down slightly from previous years, our graduates still have access to good jobs in the engineering sector," said Peter E. Crouch, dean of the College of Engineering. "We are proud to see that the quality of our graduates is recognized and that they are very much sought after by both local and national firms."

In addition to the Career Days that are held twice a year, companies from across the nation regularly hold information sessions for students and recent graduates. The most recent recruiter at the College is Bombardier, Inc., a global transportation company with aerospace and rail transit operations in more than 60 countries. Its Transportation Group is looking to fill positions in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and New York. Bombardier is also offering internships this summer at its headquarters in Pittsburgh.

"We have about 10 open positions in our Systems Division for new engineers and we would be delighted to recruit some graduates from UH Manoa," said Andrew Robbins, Bombardier Vice President of Business Development. "The UH Manoa College of Engineering has a solid reputation and Hawaii offers companies like ours an opportunity to diversify our work force and to train young engineers for positions throughout the world."

Bombardier will be hosting a presentation for UH Manoa engineering students at the College on Wednesday, April 15, in addition to manning an information booth the day before. Robbins hopes to conduct interviews with interested students after the presentation.