Job Shadowing for Future Engineers

Job shadowing provides students with the opportunity to visit a company and an employee who is working in the engineering industry. A student spends time one-on-one with an employee at the worksite. He or she observes daily activities, asking questions about the job and workplace.

The experience gives students a look at the world of engineering and the range of career opportunities available to them in the field. Students can relate the job shadow experience directly to their individual interests, skills, and future educational goals. Finally, job shadowing can help a student determine the area of engineering they wish to go into, or help define the direction for an internship.

With job shadowing, students typically spend a few hours or a full day on a job site to learn about a profession.

Once your job shadowing is completed, complete the Job Shadowing Exit Survey.

Learn what it takes to be an engineer.

For students who know very little about engineering, job shadowing provides a hands on look at the world of engineering and the range of career opportunities available to them in the field. For students currently pursuing engineering at UNK, the abstracts of the classroom will become much more real-world when they can see exactly what it is that they are working toward. 

In general, job shadowing can help a student determine the area of engineering they wish to go into, help define the direction for an internship...or even help determine if engineering is right for them.

Job shadowing lets you test drive your future before you're even there.

Once your job shadowing is completed, complete the Job Shadowing Exit Survey. If you have further questions, feel free to contact us at engineering@unk.edu

Promote the engineering field.

Why provide a job shadowing opportunity?

Through job shadowing, employers can promote the importance and necessity of engineering to a student who has expressed curiosity about the field. Although the job shadowing experience is not a recruiting tool, workers are free to point out the advantages of going into engineering, showcase the strong commitment of their companies, and discuss the meaningful satisfaction they derive from their work.

When employers host students, they help ensure the quality of their future workforce. They have a unique opportunity to instill in students a sense of what it takes to succeed in engineering. In addition, job shadowing is a chance for your company to become involved in supporting the pre-engineering program at UNK.

Please read through the links below for more information on how to get involved with our growing program.

If you have further questions, feel free to contact us at engineering@unk.edu