SAULT STE. MARIE — The Engineering Society of Detroit returned to the Upper Peninsula Monday to launch a new student chapter at Lake Superior State University. More than a dozen students attended the event at Lake State’s Cisler Center.
“We want to help you be the very best professional you can be,” said
Robert Magee, ESD executive director. “We will help you with 21st
century soft skills. We will help you be better in an interview. We will help you be better in defining and writing your resume.”
Magee said Lake Superior State will be a “great hub” for ESD in the
eastern Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula, “and our
corporate members are very excited to work with you, and to let you meet and shadow our professional members.”
And Dr. David Roland Finley, dean of Lake Superior State’s College of Business and Engineering, told the students that in his professional career, ESD was “the professional society to join.”
Magee told the students that there’s never been a better time to be in engineering.
“The thing that I can guarantee you, because I’ve seen it in my short time at ESD, is that if you finish your degree in engineering, you will get a job,” Magee said. “And right now the average starting salary for
engineering professionals is about $64,000. And today’s engineer is not that geeky guy with no communication skills. Today’s engineer has a sharp mind for problem solving.”
But Magee said working with a professional organization like ESD can give students a major advantage in their job search.
“Companies are looking for students right out of school who are ready to do real engineering work,” he said. “So it’s very important that you do some internships, do some co-ops so you get practical experience that moves you to the front of the line for hiring.”