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Bob Weinstein is a journalist who covers technology, project management, the workplace and career development.

The job market for engineering grads has never been better. That's the good word from Kevin Hewerdine, director of career services and employer relations at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.
Rose-Hulman has been ranked No. 1 for the seventh consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report magazine as the nation's best college offering a bachelor's or master's degree in engineering.
Here are a few of Hewerdine's observations on the national job market for engineers:
  • Companies are more aggressive about hiring than they were in the past, and many graduates are getting multiple job offers.
  • Corporate recruiters are visiting campuses much earlier than they have in prior years--typically in the second week of the academic year.
  • Demand is particularly strong for grads with degrees in electrical, mechanical and civil engineering. And the once-weak market for computer science grads has also staged a dramatic turnaround.
  • Students with internship and co-op experience have an added edge in the job market.
  • Ninety-eight percent of Rose-Hulman's 2005 engineering graduates were hired either before or shortly after they graduated.
  • Last semester, a record 800 interviews were conducted on campus in one day.
  • Starting salaries of 2005 grads average…

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