There was strong interest Wednesday in a Boeing program that gives engineering students a chance to gain up to a year of job experience. The BCA-SoCal Student Engineering Program is open to juniors and seniors who are U.S. citizens, have a GPA of 3.0 or above, and are studying aerospace, civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering.
Dozens of students brought their resumes and dressed for success for a chance to be interviewed for one of 15 positions in Boeing’s Long Beach and Seal Beach facilities. The positions are full-time during summer and 20 hours per week during the school year. Seven hires will work at the Long Beach facility and the remainder in Seal Beach.
Boeing manager Michael Haddadin, who is also a CSULB part-time mechanical engineering lecturer, said the program has been in operation for 14 years. More positions may open to CSULB students in October.
“The vision is developing tomorrow’s engineers today,” said Haddadin. “It’s almost like a long internship. Boeing cares about the community. That’s why we’re doing this.”
The company is looking for candidates who are energetic, enthusiastic, and have a strong desire to learn. The students will be employed by CSULB, but work at one of the Boeing facilities. If the hires perform well during the program, they will be invited to interview for a full-time Level 1 engineering position.
The interview sessions were organized by the College of Engineering Department of Professional Development & Internships.