(Note: This is part one of a 2-part series).

Alumni Reflections of MSOE from a Mechanical Engineer
Marcus Poppler is a Project Engineer in the engineering department at Taylor Dynamometer, the leading manufacturer of engine dynamometers located in Milwaukee.

Marcus attended MSOE where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology with a specialty in Fluid Power.  Marcus shares some insight on his experience at MSOE and how it prepared him for a career in mechanical engineering.

What are the benefits of MSOE in your professional career?
MSOE’s engineering program has a great reputation for producing exceptional students.  But more than that, many employers know how difficult it is to get an engineering degree from MSOE.  The course work is very demanding, so much so that not every student will graduate. For those who do graduate, they definitely will have an advantage when they apply for jobs.

In addition, because the course work is so difficult, the education I received at MSOE really gave me the foundation I needed to do well in my job.

Do you network with MSOE alumni?
I’ve kept in touch with a number of people that I went to school with, and it helped me land my current job.  One of my colleagues from MSOE was calling on Taylor Dynamometer in his job, so he knew they were getting into hydraulics and recommended they talk to me.  Because of his recommendation, I got an interview and eventually the job.  I wouldn’t be at Taylor without the MSOE network.

Did you keep your college textbooks?
One of the best decisions I made was keeping all of my college textbooks.  They have made a great resource library for me.  At least once a month, I pull out one of my textbooks to look up information on anything from technical writing, electrical machines, hydraulic or other topics.  They have really helped me in my job.

(Stay tuned for part 2 next week…)
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