At ArcelorMittal, we are looking for the best and brightest minds to help us transform the future of steel. To achieve this goal, we seek to develop and recruit professionals in engineering, finance, business management and other areas. We have created partnerships with nine accredited four-year colleges and universities focused on engineering and business programs. Through our Campus Partnership Program, ArcelorMittal USA focuses on equipping students with the skills needed to succeed in the global marketplace and increasing opportunities for women and minorities.
Our engagement with our partner schools is not limited to interviews and career fairs. In fact, throughout the school year, we aim to provide experiences and opportunities for college students who may be interested in a career in the steel industry.
Michigan Tech is one of our partner schools. In March of 2016, nearly 30 students from Michigan Tech travelled to Chicago and Northwest Indiana for a special program with ArcelorMittal. Joe Nowosad, lead recruiter for Michigan Tech and employee at Burns Harbor, explained, "We initiated this tour in conjunction with AIST and Michigan Tech in an effort to raise awareness of what the steel industry has to offer young engineers. We targeted first and second year engineering students to give them an opportunity to see what we do and how we make steel in the hopes that they will become natural ambassadors on campus and hopefully help us recruit future talent to our industry."
The students boarded a bus from campus and visited the Museum of Science and Industry and toured our Indiana Harbor plant. They saw the hot strip mill, No. 2 steel producing, East finishing and No. 7 blast furnace. They then gathered for lunch where Bill Dalzotto, senior division manager, MEU at Indiana Harbor, presented to the students along with a peer panel composed of Michigan Tech graduates working for ArcelorMittal.
Our partnership with Colorado School of Mines (CSM) also illustrates our commitment to developing a pipeline of talented scientists and engineers. CSM’s “The Outlet” is a student-run lab where students can work on personal projects, finish lab experiments outside of class or meet to work on group assignments. ArcelorMittal was a significant donor in the creation of the lab which was officially opened in April 2016.
“ArcelorMittal is very pleased to help Colorado School of Mines electrical engineering students,” said Al Barsophy, chief technical officer at ArcelorMittal USA. “We equipped The Outlet to help students expand their knowledge and increase their ability to think openly.”
“The lab can meet any electrical hardware needs that a student may have,” explained Stephanie Claussen, Colorado School of Mines teaching associate professor. “In addition to the comfy chairs and social area, it has oscilloscopes, power meters, signal generators and a collection of components.”
The Outlet is the latest in the continuing expansion of student-made spaces on the Mines campus. The lab is designed to be open 24/7 to all students and will be managed by both student and faculty advisory committees.
Our partnership began with Colorado School of Mines shortly after the Arcelor and Mittal merger. Since then, we have hired 29 Mines graduates.
“This type of relationship is incredibly valuable and we are committed to maintaining it throughout challenging business cycles,” said Morgan Hewitt, representative, talent acquisition and development, ArcelorMittal USA. “Through labs like this and summer internships, ArcelorMittal introduces students to practical applications of their classroom instruction. Graduates who are hired can hit the ground running, already familiar with the company, our products and our culture.”
Programs like these support ArcelorMittal’s efforts to develop and recruit talented individuals who are critical to the future of our industry.