MFCS Attends Fall Career Day at Penn State University

MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions had a booth at the Fall Career Days hosted by Penn State University in State College, PA.  The goal of the fair was to look for great candidates for internship, co-op and full-time engineering opportunities across MFCS. Wednesday was organized for companies wanting to hire undergraduate students for internships or co-op opportunities, while Thursday was geared towards full-time employment opportunities. In the past, MFCS has utilized career-minded college students as part of their internship and rotational programs.  Interns have worked on projects ranging from Lean (such as 5S), to product design and troubleshooting of defects or other opportunities. Young men and women are important for the future of our business; they help build the pipeline for talent, which is vital for our long-term success.

We enjoyed contrasting the freshman students we encountered on Wednesday to the seniors on Thursday, and noted the evolution and growth they all have undoubtedly experienced over their college careers. We recognize that each of these highly polished seniors was once a shy, nervous freshman needing to land an internship necessary to gain that valued worldly experience that would eventually develop them into fine career-minded individuals. We feel strongly that MFCS is an organization offering an avenue for this kind of growth and opportunity. Therefore, internships and co-op opportunities are really a win-win situation. At the end of day one, we had talked to many candidates, all interested in becoming an intern at MFCS.

Reflecting on the students that were at the full–time segment of career days on day two, it seems that many are still very concerned about finding employment as they prepare to exit the university environment. It was interesting to hear students explain their senior projects, many of which were sponsored by actual companies offering real-life business problems for students to study and solve over the course of a semester. We listened as they explained how they applied methods and tools learned from the classroom to resolve issues and improve efficiencies for their sponsor. It was evident that the collaborative work environment is alive and well at PSU. Other students let their entrepreneurial side shine, and talked about businesses they operated during high school and college. It was great to hear about the various student organizations they have participated in—from Formula SAE where they design, build and race their own race cars, to honors’ societies and service organizations like THON.

We look forward to continuing to develop the pipeline of talent from Penn State University, which is producing a good group of people we should be proud to call co-workers at MFCS someday.


The MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions Display