NORFOLK, NE – Students enrolled in Northeast Community College’s electrical construction and control and electromechanical technology programs had an opportunity recently to discover the variety of job prospects waiting for them once they graduate.
Approximately 90 students met with 28 employers at a career fair organized by the Northeast Career Services Office. The event was in the Applied Technology facility on Northeast’s Norfolk campus, the building the students call home during the academic year.
RJ Bichlmeier, electrical construction and control instructor, said the career fair allows employers to connect directly with students.
“The career fair serves as a bridge connecting our students to internships and full-time positions. The event exposed students to the variety of work that is available to them in the utilities, construction, electronics and manufacturing fields. The students were amazed how many great local and regional jobs are waiting for them when they graduate.”
Bichlmeier noted that one student assumed he had only one career choice after graduation but discovered at the career fair that he now has at least six.
Kyle McGown, Anselmo, holds degrees from Northeast in electrical construction control and electromechanical technology. He was attending the career fair as a representative for BD in Broken Bow, where he works as an electromechanical technician.
“We want to let students know we have jobs available, and we’ll provide a good wage and room to grow. We come to the career fair every year to let the students and instructors know we are interested. We like the Northeast graduates we’ve got; so far, they’ve been really great.”
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average salary for an electromechanical technician in Nebraska is $54,000. Recent graduates from Northeast’s electrical construction and control program earn an average hourly wage of $20.70, while those in the electromechanical technology program earn an average of $20.31 hourly, according to the College’s 2017 Graduate Report.
To learn more about the electrical construction and control and electromechanical technology programs, contact Northeast’s Applied Technology Division at (402) 844-7216.
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Mackenzie Van Zee, recruiter for Muth Electric, speaks 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. (Courtesy Northeast Community College)