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Gallogly College of Engineering Career Fair

Engineering Career Fair in Lloyd Noble Center


Engineering Career Fair - September 23rd, 2020 | 11:00am-4:00pm CDT

Registration opens on Tuesday, September 8th, at 12:01AM CDT

The Engineering Career Fair, held each fall,  is the primary campus recruiting event for employers who want to increase their visibility among students interested in careers in engineering and technical disciplines. The Engineering Career Fair also provides majors an opportunity to network, engage with potential employers and gain a better understanding of potential careers and career paths in the fields of engineering.

In order to ensure the health and safety of our students and corporate partners, the Engineering Career Fair is being held virtually via Handshake this year.  This platform will enable students to virtually connect with employers throughout the day in a variety of ways.  For questions about the fair and other virtual sessions for the fair, please contact the Engineering Career Fair coordinator, Jeff Biggerstaff.

In order to attend this year's Engineering Career Fair, students should do the following:

    

As the event is being held on Handshake itself, you will need to access the platform and make sure your profile is up to date.  You can access Handshake at (ou.joinhandshake.com) and login using your OU 4x4. 

Even if you have logged onto Handshake in the past, we recommend that you check to make sure you have no issue with accessing the system or your account.

You can go to the Career Fair page on Handshake and look up employers.  This can be done before registration opens.  Employers will post information about their company, the job opportunities available to students, and social media or website information.  Each job opportunity will list preferences for classification, majors, work authorization, and other information that can help you know if an employer would be interested in you. 

Knowing who will be attending and what they are interested in can help you plan for the day and help you tailor your profile and resume to specific opportunities.

Once you login to Handshake, you will be able to customize your profile with information about your work history, organizations, and education.  You will also be able to upload a resume.  Employers will be able to view your profile and resume prior to the fair as well as during and following it.  Keeping this information up to date will help employers get an accurate idea of you as a candidate and make the most of your meeting with them.

On September 8th at 12:01AM CDT, registration will open for the virtual engineering career fair.  In order to meet with employers, students will need to register for sessions.  Sessions are first come, first serve, so students are encouraged to register early for sessions that they would be interested in.  You can register for sessions even on the day of the fair and drop-ins are welcome.  You must register for sessions in order to interact with employers at the fair!

To register for sessions, students will need to do the following:

  1. Register for the Engineering Career Fair proper from the fair's Handshake page.

  2. Register for available sessions.  These sessions will include:
    • Group Sessions – Large 30-minute presentations and Q&As where recruiters will talk to interested students about the opportunities available with them.  Each employer is allowed up to three sessions with a maximum capacity of 50 people.  Any attending student can join one of these sessions.

    • One-on-One Sessions – Short 10-minute sessions where a recruiter will talk to you directly about your interest in their company.  These sessions are restricted by employers and can only be seen by eligible students.  Criteria can include classification as well as major. 

Additional Networking Opportunities

  • When: Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
  • Via Zoom
  • For students that are a DLC mentor, a HLA, or are holding a leadership position in a student organization or competition team

Click Here to Register

Based off of our popular Engineering Leaders Lunch, we have reimagined this lunch session as a virtual zoom session allowing for our current student leaders to meet with employers to discuss opportunities, partnerships, and network. 

This session is available to all students enrolled in the Dean's Leadership Council, Jerry Holmes Leadership Program, and student leaders within our student organizations.  Interested students can register for this session starting on Sunday, September 13th.  Please be aware that registration will close on the following Sunday, September 20th.

After a brief welcome, students and recruiters will be sent to breakout rooms for each company in order to meet and network.  After a certain period, the breakout rooms will end and students will be shuffled to another employer.  Students will identify which employers they wish to speak with during their registration.

Companies currently enrolled for the Engineering Leaders Luau include:

  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
  • ONE Gas
  • Raytheon Technologies
  • Textron Aviation
  • United States Postal Service
  • Urenco USA
  • When: Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 | 4:30pm - 5:30pm CDT
  • Via Zoom
  • For students enrolled in GCoE's Diversity and Inclusion Program

In partnership with our Diversity and Inclusion program, we offer a unique opportunity for Gallogly College of Engineering and Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy students to network, discuss opportunities, and celebrate diversity with recruiters.

This session is available to all students within the Diversity and Inclusion program in either the Gallogly College of Engineering or the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy.  Interested students can register for this session starting on Sunday, September 13th.  Please be aware that registration will close on the following Sunday, September 20th.

After a brief welcome, students and recruiters will be sent to breakout rooms for each company in order to meet and network.  After a certain period, the breakout rooms will end and students will be shuffled to another employer.  Students will identify which employers they wish to speak with during their registration.

Companies currently enrolled for the Diversity and Inclusion Reception include:

  • BP
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
  • FSB Architects + Engineers
  • IBM
  • Koch Industries
  • Nalco Water
  • ONE Gas
  • Raytheon Technologies
  • State Farm
  • Textron Aviation
  • Urenco USA
  • Valero Energy

Frequently Asked Questions

In the interest of safety and health, OU has decided to move the Engineering Career Fair to a virtual platform.  Largely, this is due to how difficult it would be to social distance at Lloyd Noble, provide food and drink to attendees safely, and to overall make things easier for students and recruiters.

Despite being virtual, we have worked hard to make sure you can still connect with employers and learn more about their company and the exciting opportunities they are offering OU students.

Absolutely!  We always encourage students of all classifications to attend the career fair.  Not only is it a good way to meet employers and network, it can also help you prepare for future fairs and getting an internship or co-op.

As for alumni, this is a good opportunity to find full-time employment  and internships as well as network.  You are always welcome to attend!

We understand that employers are sometimes looking for both engineering and non-engineering students.  If there are any opportunities to connect with employers within the Engineering Career Fair, please feel free to join.  We encourage you to also check out the Sooner Showcase as that is geared more towards non-engineering opportunities and might have additional opportunities.

Students are welcome to attend either fair or even both.  We encourage you to look at the list of participating employers and see which opportunities appeal to you most.

Unfortunately, only those affiliated with the University of Oklahoma can attend this year’s fair.

Since this year’s fair is hosted on Handshake, you can access the fair as well as information from the Handshake mobile app.  If you haven’t already, we recommend that you install this app to your phone.  This way you can connect to sessions without a computer or if you have technical difficulties. 

At this time, the Gallogly College of Engineering is not excusing absences related to the Engineering Career Fair.  However, we do encourage students to reach out to their professors and instructors about potential accommodations.

You can join as many group and 1-on-1 sessions as you like, however, please be aware that you can only join one 1-on-1 session per employer.

No worries!  So long as sessions are available, you should be able to register.  However, we still recommend that you register as soon as possible to guarantee time with the employer you are most interested in.

Please be aware that you cannot register late for sessions, so make sure you complete registration prior to the session time.

Sessions do have a limit on how many can attend.  If you see no sessions, this is because there is no more space to attend.  If you see group sessions, but not 1-on-1 sessions, this may be because the 1-on-1 sessions are full or that you do not have the requirements to join the 1-on-1 sessions.

As the fair gets closer, students may also cancel their registration and employers may add sessions or join the fair, so check back regularly to see if any sessions have opened up.

Sessions can be entered 5 minutes early.  Employers will be made aware that you are inside the session waiting and will join you as soon as possible.

Students are able to cancel their registration at any time.  However, they are not guaranteed to have additional sessions, so please be aware of that if you decide to cancel any of your current sessions.

Of course!  Each employer does share an email address for questions on their Handshake profile.  There are also may be other opportunities throughout the year to connect with them.  You can check the GCoE newsletter, Career Services, and the employer themselves to see about additional networking and employment opportunities.

Unfortunately, we will not be hosting next day interviews.  Instead, employers will reach out to you for interviews and follow-ups as needed.


For questions, help, or accommodations, please contact the Engineering Career Fair Coordinator, Jeff Biggerstaff.