Engineering grads thrive in Maine workplaces
Part 1 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 Julie Doxsey ’13:
Julie Doxsey ’13
Software engineer, Tyler Technologies
"As a software engineer at Tyler Technologies, I work with a range of technologies to support and develop software that meets the needs of a dynamic client base. The best part of my job is that I am constantly solving puzzles and working with a great group of people to figure out the best way to answer a request or fix a problem. I love to learn, and I find software engineering to be an exciting (and sometimes daunting) field to try to master. The more I learn, the more I realize there is always more to know. My time at USM prepared me very well for my current position, even though I majored in mechanical engineering and am now writing software! I’ve found that engineering methodologies are useful no matter what task you are trying to tackle. The most valuable skill I learned at USM was the ability to teach myself new things. My time at USM also gave me the confidence I need to take on assignments or positions that I am not totally prepared for – which I also think is the best way to grow."
By Trevor Maxwell for USM Connects