Connecting College and Career Success - External Relations
Connecting College and Career Success
Purdue Polytechnic Vincennes students enjoy learning and networking opportunities
October 12, 2020
VINCENNES, Ind. - To provide greater opportunity for Purdue
Polytechnic Vincennes students, Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Jim
Tanoos has formed a club that allows them to engage with people and
processes in their careers before they graduate.
Members of the student chapter of the Association of Technology,
Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) have the opportunity to
network, earn certifications, and learn about innovative developments
in the field of technology and applied engineering.
Purdue Polytechnic Vincennes is located on the Vincennes University
campus and offers a path to a multidisciplinary technology bachelor’s
degree for VU graduates with certain associate degrees.
The ATMAE chapter was
established to enhance students’ abilities for their professional
careers, according to Tanoos. He is interim Purdue Polytechnic
Vincennes Location Director.
“ATMAE certifications can help you in obtaining the job that you
really want,” said Purdue Polytechnic Vincennes ATMAE President
Christopher Kutz of Calhoun, Illinois. “It also helps show you other
things that employers are looking for. The annual conference this year
is virtual. Normally it’s a trip to a city with robotics competitions,
a case study competition, and technology seminars. This also means
meeting people, making contacts, and potential job offers.”
The group hosts learning and networking opportunities. Special guests
like Walt Pozgay, Senior Manager of GE Engineering Labs and a member
of the ATMAE Board of Directors, meet with students.
ATMAE serves as a premier leader in developing technology,
management, and applied engineering disciplines in both academia and industry.
“Many of our best students in the past have been involved in various
non-academic clubs and groups, both on and off campus,” Tanoos said.
“In the current environment, it's more difficult to tap into these
important experiential opportunities. Many of the most successful
community leaders are involved in professional industry groups,
service clubs, and networking associations, which are an important
part of career success. Our students’ involvement in ATMAE during
their studies better integrates them into the fabric and culture of
their career path.”
Purdue Polytechnic Vincennes students earn certifications sponsored
by ATMAE. It is free for students and Purdue Polytechnic
Vincennes covers the cost.
“Students can have the skills, connections, and know-how to enter a
field with more built-in qualifications,” Tanoos said. “Our club
president (Kutz) was going to go to Louisville, Kentucky for the
national conference before it got converted to a virtual conference,
and he'll be earning more certifications and attending workshops such
as training and certification for Arduino Uno, which is a
Kutz served in the U.S Navy for more than 20 years. He loves
troubleshooting problems, puzzles, and solving things. He graduates
next semester and hopes to work for a company where he can utilize
“I passed the Certified Controls Engineer exam and will earn that
certification,” he said. “Within the next few months, I intend on
taking the Certified Technical Manager exam and the Microelectro
Mechanical Systems Foundation exam. These certifications will help
when applying for the job I want because it informs my future employer
that I have a diverse understanding of these technical systems and
maintain these certifications that meet ATMAE standards.”