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“Ideally, I want to go into design engineering and design systems for buildings throughout the city and maybe projects overseas.”

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While STEVEN MONTONI has several options, he’s not sure what his next move will be just yet. The mechanical engineering major has been accepted in the College’s seamless five-year master’s program but also has applied to positions with design-based engineering firms in New York City. The Floral Park, N.Y., native would rather start working now and preparing for his professional engineer (P.E.) license. “There are a few companies I interviewed with that I would be really excited to work for,” he says. “So if I found a position with them, I would take that right away because while the master’s degree in design engineering looks good, it’s the P.E. that is more important for the field.” He took the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in April, which is the first step of the licensing process, and should receive the results in a few months. Once he passes, he becomes an engineer-in-training. Steven is leaning toward accepting a recent offer from Syska Hennessy to intern this summer in its mechanical engineering department. If no job offers are extended afterward, then he will likely return to the College in the fall. Either way, he is sure about his career path. His father, with whom he credits for influencing his career choice, works in construction. When he was younger, Steven recalls going to work with his dad and sitting in an office studying blueprints. He’s wanted to be an engineer ever since. In 10 years from now, he’d love to be heading up a group at a firm and working his way up the company ladder — and have some tangible projects in which he can take pride. “Ideally, I want to go into design engineering and design systems for buildings throughout the city and maybe projects overseas.” But he is concerned about the job market and his immediate prospects. “A lot of companies are not hiring as many engineers as they were,” he says. “There are a lot of engineers graduating and not a lot of positions. That’s something I’ve been concerned about for a long time.”

Manhattan Magazine Spring 2011  

SPRING A Day in the Life of the College 56 OBITS 22 A DAY IN THE LIFE MANHATTAN COLLEGE EDITORIAL Lydia Gray, Director of College Relations...