FAQs for Employers

What Positions are Better Suited for Maine EET Graduates as Compared to ECE Graduates at Maine and Other Institutions?

There is often confusion by employers in this area. There are definite similarities between the material covered in each program. Both programs have rigorous technical content and applications of higher order mathematics such as differential equations. The primary difference exists between faculty credentials and course emphasis. EET graduates are taught by working professional engineers with Masters credentials who actively consult with industry. Coursework requires all students to take multiple courses in digital systems, analog electronics, control systems, electrical machines and power systems. Thus, graduates have a well-rounded education in several electrical engineering areas. The courses focus on current industrial applications of electrical engineering and laboratory work is spent using industrial grade equipment. ECE graduates are taught by research faculty with Doctoral credentials. Coursework starts with theoretical fundamentals while allowing students multiple technical electives to focus strongly in niche topic areas. Graduates gain a strong focus in specific technical areas. Based upon a survey of Maine companies, graduates of both programs are employed interchangeably in the manufacturing sector. We find that EET graduates work best in positions such as project engineers, electrical and instrumentation engineers, field service engineers, power systems engineers, equipment engineers and electronic applications engineers. The research focus in a typical ECE program provides skills that create opportunities in corporate research and development operations while focusing less on “hands on” laboratory experience .

Work experience is the best teacher. How can I attract graduates when I demand they get practical work experience before moving into supervisory and lead engineer positions?

The best place to start is by hiring students for summer employment, while they are in college. Starting after the first year of college, students don’t expect to be in management. They look for and welcome any electrical engineering employment. Co-op and summer intern positions give employers and employees a chance to learn together and learn about one another. Over 90% of our graduates have a co-op or intern experience before graduation.

How can I employ more students in the summer?

Students are most likely to take summer jobs near where their parents live or near their college apartment. They are trying to save money for college. Accordingly, they can save more money by living at home with their parents or to continue living where they have to pay rent. Some employers attract students by paying per diem or provide housing for students during the summer.

Would EET students be willing to take jobs in other states upon graduation?

Oh yes! Many students are looking for an opportunity to move away from home — especially to a warmer climate. Many of our students are non-residents. A few of these students plan to move back to their home state to work.

How can I hire summer or permanent help?

Send us a position announcement (preferably by e-mail). We will see the announcement is sent to all students. We always welcome potential employers who would like to interview students. We will help you set up an interview schedule and provide you with a room to conduct interviews.