NWTC students tell: Why become an engineer?

Monday February 18, 2019

Wisconsin employers need thousands of two-year engineering technology graduates. Job Center of Wisconsin lists more than 500 current job openings in Wisconsin for associate-degree level mechanical engineers, 900 jobs currently open for associate-degree electrical engineers, more than 1,200 current job openings for associate-degree level electronics engineers. When we checked in with current students, though, they were most attracted by the variety and the challenge of the jobs waiting for them.

“Manufacturing engineers make things better, safer, faster,” said Patrick Konyn, an NWTC Manufacturing Engineering Technology student who will transfer to UW-Stout after graduation.

“I can take a machine that isn’t working and make it run at its peak level,” Mike Beno, Electro-Mechanical Technology student said. "It's a cool field."

Dana Townsend, a former nurse studying to be a Utilities Engineering Technology student, said students don't have to worry about not finding something interesting and challenging. “There are so many different options, you can find your niche.”

Engineer a Better Future: Attend the NWTC Engineering Open House Feb. 21, 2019. All are welcome!NWTC is holding an open house for potential students of all ages, including adults who want to change careers. The public is invited to check out the options, talk to instructors and employers, and see what students are doing in their program.

Engineering Open House profiles careers in ‘making things work better’

Potential students, including adults, can explore 17 STEM degrees and related career options

Problem-solvers who like making things faster, safer and better can be good engineers. The Engineering Open House at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is designed to help visitors find out whether engineering would be a good fit and how many engineering related career paths Northeast Wisconsin offers.
NWTC staff, four-year university reps, and employers will hold the annual Engineering Open House on Thursday, Feb. 21 in NWTC’s Engineering Technology Center. The event showcases careers and 17 engineering-related degree programs. It is intended for anyone interested in engineering careers, from middle school to adult, plus their families and friends.
Visitors can drop in from 5 to 7 p.m. to see working robots, meet instructors and students and watch demonstrations. Experts can answer questions about admissions, credit transfer from NWTC into university engineering programs, and career services. Refreshments will be served.
Employers participate both to describe local job opportunities and to meet prospective students one-on-one. Hundreds of high-tech, high-paying jobs in these fields are open in Northeast Wisconsin each year, and the supply of skilled graduates has not kept pace with rising demand.
NWTC offers engineering-related degrees in fields as diverse as automation, prototyping, energy, civil, architecture and environmental engineering. The open house is held each year during National Engineers Week to encourage talented students to try engineering education.
The Engineering Open House is free and open to the public. Information:


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