Engineering grads thrive in Maine workplaces
Part 3 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 Matthew Araujo '15:
Matthew Araujo ’15
Engineer, Texas Instruments
"I work as an engineer for one of the world’s top semiconductor companies – right here in Maine. At Texas Instruments we design and manufacture chips for everything from automobiles to cell phones. Working in an international company, I get to collaborate with experts, scientists and engineers from all over the world on projects that demand innovation. I’m encouraged to be curious and to develop creative solutions to technical and complex issues. For me, the best thing about my career is that every day brings new and interesting challenges. USM’s location in Maine’s largest city made it easy for me to reach out and make connections with local high-tech industries while seeking internships. When my summer internship was successful, it was easy to extend the internship into my senior year. I went into my senior year with a job offer already accepted. I apply the mathematics, science, engineering and communication skills I acquired as a student at USM. Success in my career requires that I continue to learn and seek knowledge independently; my education laid a foundation of knowledge that I continue to build upon as I develop professionally."
By Trevor Maxwell for USM Connects