IMECE Workshop to Offer Tips on the Engineering Job Hunt

Oct. 21, 2016


The ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) next month in Phoenix, Ariz., will feature a special workshop for engineers seeking pointers on using online job search tools to identify potential employment opportunities and mastering the offline component of the employment search — the job interview.

This complimentary workshop, “Finding Your Dream Job Online — and Getting It Offline,” will be held Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the IMECE exhibit hall at the Phoenix Convention Center. The workshop, which will be presented by four engineering and career development experts, will explore the various steps of the current job-hunting process.

The first part of the workshop, "Focusing Your Search: Determining What You Want in a Job," will be presented by ASME member Callie Tourigny, a mechanical engineer with 23 years of experience at Pratt & Whitney and GE Energy including mechanical design, system design and program management for the military jet engine, power gas turbine and renewable energy sectors. She also managed GE Energy's corporate leadership initiative, the Edison Engineering Development Program. A current member of the VOLT Executive Committee and the Sector Management Committee's Group Alignment/Engagement Task Force, Tourigny has been an active ASME volunteer since her college years, having served in positions including chair of the Committee on Pre-College Engineering Education and member of the Group Engagement Transition Team.

Brian H. Getson, Esq., of the U.S. immigration law firm Getson & Schatz, P.C., in Philadelphia, will lead the second workshop session, “Navigating the Online Job Search Space.” Getson has extensive experience in representing both individuals and corporations in a variety of complex immigration matters. He has also published articles and books immigration law and given short course presentations on the subject to other immigration lawyers.

The workshop’s third session, “Social Media Dos and Don’ts for the Job Seeker,” will be presented by Robin Hammond, director of the Arizona State University Fulton Schools of Engineering Career Center. Launched in 2007, the center provides companies with student engagement opportunities, such as career fairs, on-campus recruitment activities, career coaching for incoming engineering students, and other career development programs for students and alumni. Hammond, who has more than 20 years of experience in the career services field, is the founding director of the center.

Barbara Haney, career development specialist at Arizona State’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, will conclude the workshop with her presentation, “Going from Online to Off: How to Prepare for the Face-to-Face Meeting.” Haney began her career at IBM as a manufacturing engineer before serving in various roles in the wafer fabrication business at Intel, including program manager for the startup of the wafer fabrication plant in Dalian, China. Haney, a program evaluator for the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission, later worked at Medtronic as senior program manager of the company’s microelectronics manufacturing business.

To sign up for the workshop, visit or contact Jimmy Le, ASME Conferences and Events, by e-mail at For more information on the other special events taking place at IMECE 2016, visit