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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2003
Contact: Steve Buchholz, Public Information Manager, 394-6082
Darrell Sawyer, Director, Career Planning and Placement, 394-2667
Employers Recruit Tech Students During Career Fair
Nearly 50 companies from around the country will be on the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology campus Tuesday, Sept. 16, to recruit Tech students for full-time employment and for internships.
The Career Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Goodell Gymnasium in the King Center. The Career Fair is not open to the public, but Tech invites the media to attend.
Tech’s Fall 2002 and Spring 2003 graduates have found that companies are not hiring as many new graduates as in recent years, but the graduates have done well in the search for work. Overall, the graduates who entered the workforce averaged starting salary offers of $47,093. Eighty percent of those graduates have been placed in jobs in their career fields or in graduate or professional programs.
“Despite a tight job market, Tech graduates are finding excellent work in their fields,” Darrell Sawyer, Tech’s director of Career Planning and Placement, said. “That shows that employers are looking for students with the kinds of skills Tech graduates have.”
Tech offers 16 undergraduate degrees in engineering, science and interdisciplinary studies. All undergraduate programs emphasize advanced science and math, and all combine classroom instruction with hands-on laboratory work. In addition, 75 percent of Tech graduates have relevant work experience through co-ops and internships. That increases their marketability to employers.
“That combination sets up our graduates for success,” Sawyer said. “They leave Tech with the theoretical and practical knowledge and the experience they need.”
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Chemical Engineering graduates top the salary list with an average salary offer of $52,207. See a full breakdown of starting salary offers below.
Major Avg. 2002-2003 Salary Offer
Chemical Engineering $52,207
Civil Engineering $41,350
Computer Engineering $51,797
Computer Science $41,472
Electrical Engineering $50,604
Environmental Engineering $43,125
Geological Engineering $40,000
Industrial Engineering $46,726
Interdisciplinary Sciences $40,125
Mechanical Engineering $46,096
Metallurgical Engineering $46,000
Mining Engineering $48,648
All Engineering $47,546
All Science $41,178
Avg. Overall $47,093
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