Maggie Buchele still had a few months before graduating from the University of Toledo College of Engineering when she secured a full-time job as a project engineer with Marathon Petroleum Corp.
The mechanical engineering major traced her success back to the college’s career expo two years ago, when she first met representatives from the company that is ranked No. 31 on the Fortune 500 list.
“I chose UToledo because of the College of Engineering’s mandatory co-op program, which gives you amazing work experience as a student,” said Buchele, who completed two co-ops working at Marathon in Findlay, Ohio. “Companies are getting more specific on who they will hire, and UToledo’s co-op program gives them a perfect opportunity to see if you will be a good fit as a permanent employee.”
In 2018, the College of Engineering placed 1,745 students into co-ops with companies that paid students an average wage of $17.54 an hour.
More than 700 UToledo engineering students and alumni once again connected with employers from more than 170 companies across the U.S. at the fall 2019 Engineering Career Expo in September.
The networking event is part of a yearlong celebration of a milestone for the UToledo Shah Center for Engineering Career Development: 20 years of placing more than 20,000 engineering co-ops.
In addition to Marathon Petroleum Corp., participating companies included Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Dana Inc., GEM Inc., Johnson & Johnson – DePuy Synthes, GE Appliances, Honda, Owens Corning, Owens-Illinois Inc., PCC Airfoils, SSOE Group, and North Star Bluescope Steel.
Buchele completed co-ops at two other companies in addition to Marathon.
“After my co-ops, I knew Marathon was the right fit for me. After my second co-op with them, they offered me a permanent position starting February 2020,” said Buchele, who accepted the position. “I would never have received a job offer from Marathon at another university.”