Some 180 regional and national employers came shopping for job and intern prospects Tuesday at LSU.
The science, technology, engineering and math component of the two-day job fair took up most of the day. It preceded the business and liberal arts exposition, which opens 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Companies were stationed on the PMAC’s concourse and arena levels and students from the entire LSU System were allowed to attend alongside LSU Baton Rouge students.
Trey Truitt, associate director of employment services for the LSU Olinde Career Center, said roughly 30 more companies are attending this year compared to last year.
“It’s a good sign of (an improving) economy, particularly for engineering students,” Truitt said.
Truitt also said companies’ recruiting techniques at these events are becoming more strategic.
Kongsberg Maritime Inc., with regional offices in St. Rose, was recruiting on the PMAC’s concourse level.
Product Engineer Alejandro Ramirez said Kongsberg is looking for mechanical and electrical engineers and computer science majors, a process he described as “scouting for talent.”
“What we like to see in the people we do our short five-minute interview with is self-confidence and basically knowing that they like the degree that they’re doing,” Ramirez said.
LSU Olinde Career Center officials said they’ve noticed more companies interested in recruiting computer science majors.
“From what we understand, there’s not enough graduates from the (computer science) program to fill the needs,” said Jesse Downs, associate director of talent development at the LSU Olinde Career Center.
Computer science sophomore Howard Wang, of Baton Rouge, who was looking for possible internships, attributed the relatively low number of computer science students at the event to the size of the university programs.
“Computer science has about 200 students, and mechanical engineering alone has over 1,000,” Wang said. “We are the minority here.”