Hiring season for new graduates

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When the staff at Day Automation comes to campus, they don’t come merely to meet new students; they know they are here to meet their future co-workers. The company’s system controls and video surveillance systems are operating in over 200 K-12 school districts, 20 colleges, universities, and hospitals across the state, thanks in large part to the work of Alfred State graduates.

“Of our entire technical and engineering staff, Alfred State grads represent over 50 percent of that staff,” said Mick George, director of marketing for Day Automation. “Our founder, James Day, is an Alfred State graduate, along with sales engineers, project managers, and one of our VPs.”

George says what makes Alfred State graduates into such great employees is a passion for the development of electronic, mechanical, and computerized solutions used by Day Automation clients.

“The students we contact for follow-up interviews have demonstrated enthusiasm. Alfred State graduates who are hired are capable to hit the ground running,” he said “Their education in electrical and mechanical engineering provides a solid foundation for building a facility’s video surveillance, access control, or building automation systems. Our in-house development and deployment software allows for a quick start-up and execution of jobs for entire K-12 school districts, universities, hospitals, and commercial buildings.”

employers and students at tables in the gymnasium
Hundreds of students meet their future employers at a recent career fair on campus.

Thanks to an emphasis on applied learning in all programs, and an abundance of majors focused on preparing students for in-demand careers, the employment and continuing education rate at Alfred State is an astounding 99 percent.

Companies like Rochester-based Surfwrench LLC recognize that new graduates are ready and qualified to begin their careers right away. Surfwrench attended a recent career fair looking for automotive technicians and people to develop the company’s app and website.

“The resumes that I’ve gotten from students shows they are very sharp developers,” said Eric Miller, co-founder and head of marketing and sales for Surfwrench LLC. “The idea that you have an application-based curriculum in the IT department is fantastic. It’s something that you don’t see a lot of, hands-on specialization in IT.”

Employers came from as far away as the west coast to meet students at the career fair. Cisco Meraki traveled from California to recruit talented students for both internships and full-time careers. Companies wanting to recruit on campus, post a job opening, and participate in future career fairs should contact Elaine Morsman, director of Career Development, www.AlfredState.edu/careers.