Mines News

Release Date Monday, February 3, 2020

SD Mines Hosts Largest Spring Career Fair Ever

During the job fair, students meet with prospective employers. 

RAPID CITY, SD (Feb. 3, 2020) — South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will host a record 124 vendors for the annual spring Career Fair. The fair will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the King Center in the Goodell and Fraser gyms. The event is open to Mines students and alumni only, not the general public. However, the media is invited to attend.

More than 1,000 South Dakota Mines students are expected to attend, networking with employers including 3M, Cargill, Caterpillar, Garmin, Kiewit, Nucor and Union Pacific as well as regional companies and engineering firms. In all, 124 employers from 27 state plus the District of Columbia, including 45 from South Dakota, will be on hand to visit with Mines students. South Dakota employers include Black Hills Corporation, Daktronics, Raven Industries, Omnitech Inc., Sanford Health and Vishay.

Mines plays an important role in helping the state meet its workforce needs. In the past five years, 318 Mines graduates accepted jobs with 166 employers in South Dakota. Twenty-five of the employers will be participating in their first career fair at Mines. In addition, many of the employers from the fair are staying to conduct next-day interviews with students for both internships and full-time positions. 

For South Dakota Mines students, navigating the large fair with so many employers in a short period of time can be daunting. Fortunately, students can now use the Mines Career Fair app which includes a list of employers, majors of interest, positions, information sessions and a map of the fair booths.  

Another event this week that connects employers with Mines students is the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) forum at 5 p.m. today, in the Surbeck Center Ballroom. The WiSE program is designed to “educate, recruit, retain, and graduate academically motivated women in STEM fields.” The media is invited to the forum.

The annual WiSE forum, which features female STEM professionals and industry leaders, is a panel discussion for students to learn from women who have forged a path in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.  

Those speaking include Amanda Erskine of Coeur Mining, Sara Venhuizen of Raven Aerostar and Lauren Keene of Garmin. A speaker from Union Pacific is also expected to take part in the discussion. The event is sponsored by Coeur Mining, Garmin, L3 Harris, Raven and Union Pacific. This event is one of many ways SD Mines partners with industry leaders to help meet their demand for increased diversity in STEM fields.

Mines graduates continue to be in demand with 77 percent landing at least one paid internship before graduation, a 97 percent job placement rate and an average starting salary of $63,350.

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About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Lynn Taylor Rick, (605) 394-2554, Lynn.TaylorRick@sdsmt.edu

Upcoming Events

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
8:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Surbeck Center
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Music Center
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Surbeck Center Ballroom
Friday, Feb. 21, 2020
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Surbeck Center Ballroom