Job prospects are promising for Northeast electrical students

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by jamesc  10/27/2017 9:23:15 AM --  NORFOLK, NE – Students enrolled in Northeast Community College’s electrical construction and control and electromechanical technology programs should not run into too many obstacles when looking for employment upon completion of their college work.

“Job prospects are great for these students over the next 10-years,” said Dan Frohberg, electrical construction and control instructor. “I have companies call everyday looking for electrical personnel….apprentices, journeymen…. to start. They are also looking for our past graduates to fill jobs too.”

Approximately 80 students in the programs had the opportunity recently to meet with employers. The Northeast Career Services Office and program faculty members organized a career fair right in the middle of the building the students call home during the academic year – the Applied Technology facility on Northeast’s Norfolk campus.

Frohberg said an event like this gives these students an idea as to what employers are looking for.

“We have 21 employers here looking at electrical (construction and control) and electromechanical students for employment, both full-time and coop for sophomore students when they graduate. The students can learn more about what they may need, both in terms of technical and interpersonal skills, and what the job pays. It’s also a great networking opportunity for these students.”

Frohberg said some of electrical jobs can start at $15 to $20 an hour and many companies are offering good benefits to keep dedicated employees on staff.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average salary for an electromechanical technician in Nebraska is $48,000. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the annual salary range for electrical and electronics installers and repairers is $37,000 - $45,000 across Northeast’s 20-county service area.

To learn more about the electrical construction and control and electromechanical technology programs, contact Northeast’s Applied Technology Division at (402) 844-7216.





Corey Pospisil, human resources manager at Norfolk Iron and Metal, (left) visits with Northeast Community College students during a career fair at the College recently. The event was held in Northeast’s Applied Technology building on the Norfolk campus for students in the College’s electrical construction and control and electromechanical technology programs.

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