PITTSBURG — Pittsburg State University College of Technology students dressed their best to meet with companies across the Midwest and United States on Tuesday and Wednesday during the annual Company Days.
Between the two days, approximately 240 companies set up booths for a career-fair style event for the 1,700 students enrolled in the COT.
The event focused on PSU’s Automotive-Diesel Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Plastics Engineering Technology programs.
“This is one of the most important days of the year because students get to find a path for a future career … what they do today can determine their internship for next summer and their internship over the summer could dictate their future career,” PSU Professor and Heavy Equipment Coordinator Tim Dell said.
The students spoke to representatives about career options within their businesses, along with opportunities for internships. They also gave the students brochures and pamphlets to take home for more information. ‘
“It’s hard for students to find a university which has a large quantity of opportunities and quality of opportunities, that’s a big advantage for our students,” Dell said.
PSU automotive student Brady Williams visited with a variety of representatives. Although he’s a freshman, he’s looking into what his opportunities are in the diesel and heavy equipment fields.
“I plan to start out as a technician and work my way up,” he said.
One of the representatives, Foley CAT Dealership Recruiter for Kansas and Northwest Missouri Anthony Dahl, said he shared about internships for technicians, along with other career options in the business, such as support and sales positions.
Dahl praised the professors and instructors at PSU for going the extra mile to prepare students for their career, from the Company Days to tours and more.
“They bring students to our company and we show them what we do,” he said. “They have the best of interest in the students.
“We have a rather large group of alumni that work for us and we have a lot of success coming from Pitt State.”
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.