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The Dream Employers for Engineering Grads.

 

 

Jacquelyn Smith

 

Jacquelyn Smith

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If it has to do with leadership, jobs, or careers, I’m on it. FULL BIO

Global research and advisory firm Universum recently culled its data to find the 100 most attractive employers for engineering students. How?They asked 9,770 undergraduate engineering majors in the U.S. to select the companies they would consider working for and then to identify their ideal employer. Almost one-fifth (19.4%) chose NASA, making it the No. 1 “most attractive” employer for engineering students.

Measuring Employers

“Students are looking for measures of companies’ attractiveness and incorporating these measures into their assessments of which companies are great places to work, and which would be a great fit for them,” says Vicki Lynn, senior vice president of client talent strategy and employer branding at Universum. “Just as they view rankings of colleges and universities as one measure of reputation and quality of colleges, they do the same when looking at companies. It’s an assessment of their value and fit as a place to build their career.”

The No. 1 “most attractive” employer for engineering students; The National Aeronautics and Space Administration was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, partially in response to the Soviet Union’s launch of the first artificial satellite the previous year. Its website reminds potential candidates that “NASA is more than astronauts.” It says: “We are scientists, engineers, IT specialists, human resources specialists, accountants, writers, technicians and many, many other kinds of people.”

No. 2 in ranking; “It’s Google. Who doesn’t want to work there?” asks Kortney Kutsop, a senior account director at Universum. “Free food, volleyball, on-site dry cleaning. In addition, they provide a great internship program for students who get to work on real and challenging projects.”

Rounding out the top three is Boeing. “Boeing provides challenging and interesting career opportunities, including a culture that encourages professional growth, learning and development.” In general, prospective Boeing candidates should be able to think critically and creatively, and work independently and cooperatively, says Candace Barron, a Boeing spokesperson. She says other qualities they look for include the ability to adapt to rapid or major change, a desire for lifelong learning, the highest ethical standards, and excellent communication skills. Boeing prefers to hire students with demonstrated experience in their field, either through outside work, an internship, or a relevant project while at school.

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