Engineering grads thrive in Maine workplaces
Part 2 of 3
Demand for engineers in Maine continues to rise as high-tech industries, construction, manufacturing and other employers expand. In fact, there is a projected shortfall of engineers over the next decade. The engineering program at USM is responding to the need and proving that its graduates are ready for the challenge and to enter Maine's workforce.
USM currently enrolls about 200 engineering students. That’s about twice the size the program was a decade ago. In the spring of 2017, USM and Southern Maine Community College signed agreements designed to boost the numbers of qualified engineers entering the Maine workforce. The “2+2” agreements allow associate degree graduates of SMCC’s engineering program to seamlessly enter USM’s programs for mechanical and electrical engineering, getting two full years of credit toward a USM bachelor’s degree.
USM Connects caught up with three recent graduates and asked them about their jobs and their experience in USM’s engineering program. Here, we catch up with Emily Donovan ’16:
Emily Donovan '16:
Automation Engineer, IDEXX
"I work as an automation engineer in the operations engineering department at IDEXX Laboratories. One of the aspects I enjoy most about my job is the variety of tasks I get to perform. Some of these include designing/working with parts and assemblies in solid works, performing experiments to develop new products, analyzing processes, procedures and steps necessary to manufacture products, and working with vendors to build new equipment. Every day is different – but equally exciting! Above all, I enjoy being a part of a great group that relies on collaboration and hard work to get things done. I had a very positive experience in the USM Engineering Department. The professors were approachable and allowed students to benefit from using them as a resource for knowledge and advice. The lab portion of most courses and the junior/senior design courses provide a great opportunity for students for hands-on/real-life experience. Students are encouraged to apply for local internships. I was fortunate enough to get one at a great company as a junior. Getting this experience and exposure to real-life engineering is a great advantage when graduating and looking to enter the workforce."
By Trevor Maxwell for USM Connects