by Robert S. Benchley
It isn’t as though Michigan Tech senior Joe Gallo doesn’t have a care in the world. Like every college student in his final semester, he still has classes to attend, homework to finish, and tests to take. But Gallo, who hails from Marquette, is more relaxed than many seniors throughout Michigan—throughout the US, in fact—because he already has a job lined up after graduation. A good job, with a $66,000 starting salary. A job for the future.
Gallo, you see, is an engineering student, majoring in both mechanical and electrical engineering. After he is handed his diploma in May, he’ll be headed to Clarksville, Tennessee, where he’ll work for Hemlock Semiconductor Group, a subsidiary of Dow Corning. The company produces poly-crystalline silicon, the raw material used in many semiconductors and solar panels.
“I’m excited,” says Gallo. “I interned there this summer, and they treat their employees very well. I’m happy to be going back. The work is interesting, and I feel like there will be some job security, too.”