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Jun 3, 2011

Siemens USA Targeting the Millennial Generation to Fill Open Engineering Positions With College Training, Internships and Advanced Job Offers

WASHINGTON: Siemens USA is educating and training the Millennial Generation, those born between 1977 and 1998, to compete for talent in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

"Siemens has more than 3,000 open positions in the U.S., half of them engineering positions, and we will be hiring an additional 35 recruiters this year to find qualified candidates to fill them," said Eric Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens Corporation. "While we continue to invest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiatives at the high-school and university levels, we also are launching a new recruiting effort this summer focused on attracting and developing college graduates and fast-tracking them into early leadership development programs in these fields."

At the end of a 12-week summer program, Siemens will offer full-time positions to 75 of their 170 interns, 70 percent of whom will work in engineering positions. Research shows that the Millennial Generation is diverse, comfortable with technology, confident, upbeat, open to change, and possesses a strong, civic sensibility. They have a passion for problem solving, an ability to learn from mistakes, intellectual curiosity, a willingness to "try something new," and the ability to work well independently.

"When looking to hire young talent, we look for candidates who take initiative, recognize when additional data or research is necessary, and take it upon themselves to find it," said Mike Panigel, SVP, Human Resources. "They might say something like, 'we realized we weren't getting anywhere because we didn't have all the information we needed so I did some research on my own to fill the gap.' They might not have anything to gain individually, but their efforts helped the team succeed. This displays the kind of self motivation and client focus we're looking for when bringing someone into our leadership development program."

In addition to the future engineers, other summer interns offered a position will work in finance, operations and supply chain management. Many of these future employees will have been trained on Siemens products during their college careers.

For instance, Siemens PLM Software's GO PLM™ initiative leads the product lifecycle management industry in the commercial value of the in-kind grants it provides and brings together four complementary community involvement programs focused on academic partnership, regional productivity, youth and displaced worker development. GO PLM provides PLM technology to more than one million students yearly at nearly 11,000 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level – from grade schools to graduate engineering research programs.

"Students who have access to this technology in college have a distinct advantage when they enter the workforce as they will already be familiar with the PLM technology widely used by leading multi-national manufacturing companies around the globe," said Hulas King, Director, Global Community Relations and GO PLM Programs, Siemens PLM Software. "The experience gained in the use of these tools better prepares students for today's highly-competitive manufacturing jobs which require full knowledge of modern technologies and applications."