Corporate officials from Wärtsilä North America, Fort Lauderdale, Florida were on the MSU-Northern campus last week to look over their recent engine donation and to tour the new Diesel Technology Center, which is currently under construction and scheduled to open May 23, 2018.
“Industry partnerships, like we have with Wärtsilä make Northern’s Diesel program one of the best in the country. Wärtsilä has hired many of Northern’s graduates over the years and the donation of this engine will make it easier for the students who are hired by Wärtsilä to hit the ground running,” said Chancellor Greg Kegel.
Two other employer partners with MSU-Northern were also on campus, Butler Machinery Company and Kiewit Equipment Services.
Wärtsilä has recruited from Northern since 2001 and has graduates who are in technical service positions all across the globe.
Kiewit Equipment Services spent time giving an information session to students and conducting student interviews. Kiewit has recruited from Northern for more than twenty years and still employs over 25 alumni from Northern programs.
The information session held with the company representatives had the largest participation ever, with 86 Northern students attending who major in Diesel, Ag Mechanics, and Civil Engineering Technology. Kiewit interviewed 19 students for coop and fulltime job placement in these degrees within their organization across the United States.