August 28, 2012
By: Alli Knothe
Source: Times Union
Company seeks architects, engineers, others at job fair conducted at NanoCollege
ALBANY-— Job seekers from across the Capital Region gathered at
UAlbany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Tuesday with the
hope of landing one of 50 jobs at the M+W Group.
Candidates from all walks of life poured into the building between 4
and 5 p.m. They crowded hallways and found seats in the stairwell to
fill out the employment application before the company's presentation
M+W Group is a German-based global engineering, construction and
project management company serving clients in advanced technology
facilities, life science and chemicals, energy and environment
technologies and high-tech infrastructure. The company's U.S. operations
are based in Watervliet.
About 300 people attended the event, where they completed
applications, saw a short presentation by M+W U.S. Inc. President and
Chief Executive Rick Whitney and went through brief interviews in hopes
of landing jobs paying anywhere from $40,000 to more than $100,000 a
This is the second job fair the company held at the NanoCollege. In
2009, the company hired 32 people when it had advertised 25 spots,
"We definitely see a lot of reasons to stay here long term," he said
during the presentation. "This is a hub for the high-tech work... We are
very close to almost all our major clients."
The positions also offer travel opportunities, in the U.S. and in other countries like Ireland or China.
"The airlines are very nice to us," he said.
After the 30-minute presentation, candidates filed into the hall to wait for interviews.
The company said it will contact candidates in two or three weeks and let them know if they qualified for a follow-up interview.
Amanda Tucker said she graduated with her master's degree in
architecture last June. The Selkirk resident said she hasn't been
actively looking for a job the whole time but hopes that she can land an
entry level architect position with the company, and is hopeful because
it is looking to hire qualified women, minorities and veterans.
M+W is especially looking for engineers and architects.
David Olson of Rensselaer said he has been unemployed for two years
and 15 days. Though he said he is not very optimistic after attending
countless other job fairs, Olson came just in case they have room for
someone like him with a background in business.
"After two years, you don't hold your breath," he said. "I'm hoping for the best."