Engineering pointers

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity ofGeorgiaA college degree doesn’t guarantee a job. It may take months for graduating students to find employment, unless they’re willing to take a harder course load, invest time in internships and talk themselves up at career fairs.This is true even of fields such as engineering. Companies look for graduates who can slide easily into the work force.The University of Georgia Faculty of Engineering recently hosted companies represented mostly by UGA engineering alumni. Several had tips on how students can stand out from other job applicants.”Obviously, they’re technically capable,” Jim Tiller said of UGA engineering students. “We’re looking for people who can fit in well in a professional environment, who dress nice for work, who have professional etiquette, who are creative people.”Several of the companies at the Nov. 8 career fair offer internships. Tiller was an intern for CertainTeed Insulation before they hired him as an electrical-mechanical project engineer after graduation from UGA in 2004. He pointed out why internships are so important.”You get a good idea if engineering is right for you. You find out what aspects of engineering you want to pursue,” he said.”Obviously, you earn money while you’re in school,” he said. “The pay is much better than delivering pizza. And you gain experience. If you don’t get any experience, you haven’t learned a lot of the little things you need to develop into a professional.”Internships enable companies to screen future employees. “It gives us the opportunity to check people out,” said Bobbi Carter, who works under the ecology branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Athens. She graduated from UGA several years ago with a degree in forestry.The EPA has a specific federal career intern program specifically for students within nine months of graduation. “It gives students loads of experience,” Carter said. “We have a lot of hiring successes because of the program.””Our company, when they hire, looks for engineers,” said Brandon Marlow, a manufacturing engineer for Rockwell Automation. “It doesn’t matter what career — everybody knows how to do everybody else’s job.”Companies are hiring more engineers because the U.S. industry has seen an economic upturn, said Marlow, who graduated from UGA in 2000.”There’s an increased demand for engineers, period,” said Cary Nagler of B.P. Barber & Associates Inc.But getting hired isn’t a cake-walk. “The business environment is so different” than it was a few years ago, said Casey Adams, an engineer with Eaton who graduated from UGA in 2002. “You have to have stuff outside of that degree, a higher level of degree, maybe an MBA, to take yourself to the next level. It’s so competitive out there.”Companies are looking increasingly at the UGA engineering program, said Tim Foutz, a professor and undergraduate engineering program coordinator in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Our degrees (in biological and agricultural engineering) are designed to provide a basic engineering education, to instill engineering as a way of thinking,” Foutz said. “That’s why we have so many students employed, because they have such a broad perspective.”A few years ago, he said, a Macon company discovered UGA’s engineering program. “Now they hire nothing but our students, because they’ve got enough of a background, a fundamental education,” he said. “Our guys can maneuver from project to project.”At UGA, engineering students get balanced experience across several engineering fields. That gives them a versatility that’s increasingly rare in engineering.”According to national data, engineering and technical jobs are increasing at five times the rate of any other work force,” Foutz said. “A lot of current engineers are reaching retirement age. Plus, the United States imports 12-15 percent of its engineers, and Georgia is at the lead of that trend. The demand for engineers is there.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Dutch euthanasia supporter warns UK to be wary of ‘slippery slope to random killing of defenceless people’

first_imgDr Keizer added: ‘Every time a line was drawn, it was also pushed back.’His view, set out in the Dutch Medical Association Journal, amounts to a warning to British right-to-die campaigners.They have pressed in Parliament for a law to allow doctors to prescribe deadly drugs only to terminally ill patients and in recent weeks have revived their attempts.READ MORE: Daily Mail 14 September 2020Family First Comment: Dr Bert Keizer, one of his country’s most prominent practitioners of euthanasia, said that the type of patients whose lives are ended in the Netherlands has spread far beyond the terminally ill and now includes physically and mentally healthy old people who ‘find that their life no longer has content’.#slipperyslopeA champion of the Dutch euthanasia system has admitted that British critics are right to warn that assisted dying is a slippery slope to ‘random killing of the defenceless’.Dr Bert Keizer said that the type of patients whose lives are ended in the Netherlands has spread far beyond the terminally ill and now includes physically and mentally healthy old people who ‘find that their life no longer has content’.Dr Keizer, one of his country’s most prominent practitioners of euthanasia, said that, in future, assisted dying in the Netherlands is likely to be extended to prisoners serving life sentences ‘who desperately long for death’ and disabled children whose parents believe their suffering is hopeless.He said that after assisted dying was legalised in the Netherlands in 2002 ‘what our British colleagues had predicted years earlier, with unconcealed complacency, happened: those who embark on euthanasia venture down a slippery slope along which you irrevocably slide down to the random killing of defenceless sick people’.last_img read more