Cap, Gown, and Tech Ready: Prepping for the First Five Years as a New Hire 

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As companies recruit young, new talent from universities, the field, or elsewhere, there is urgency to get new hires up to speed on the software platforms used today. The MEP panel will review information on how employers address onboarding and share their personal experience.


  • Sarabeth Gandara

    U.S. Engineering Construction

    I have a B.S. and an M.S. in Architectural Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering. I have worked at U.S. Engineering in Denver, Colorado since I graduated college in 2018. I started as a Preconstruction Engineer and have moved into a Preconstruction Manager role. My day-to-day entails putting together proposals, budgets/estimates, design feedback, coordinating with engineers and general contractors, and preparing for project interviews. I really work on anything that happens from project pursuit through design before ground breaks on the project. The most notable project that I have been a part of is the National Western Campus Energy Plant. It is the largest wastewater heat recovery system in North America. I have also worked on the DEN Airport Terminal and projects in healthcare, K-12, higher education, commercial, and industrial sectors.

  • Jack Stefanek

    Jack Stefanek

    Shambaugh & Son

    Jack is a Project Manager for Shambaugh and Son’s Electrical Division. He graduated from the IU Kelley School of Business in 2019 with a Bachelors in Business Management. Currently, he helps manage strategic accounts and large projects. He has electrical management experience in food processing, heavy industrial, and automotive manufacturing sectors.

  • Michele Hoffman


    Michele Hoffman became the Director of Career Development for MCAA in 2022 and manages nearly 50 student chapters at colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada.  She is the staff liaison for the MCAA Career Development Committee, which creates programming geared towards students for both the MCAA GreatFutures Forum in the fall, as well as the MCAA Annual Convention each spring.  The committee also facilitates a real-world Annual Student Chapter Competition.  Ultimately, her day-to-day mission is to develop unique means and methods to connect students with opportunities for employment in the mechanical contracting industry.

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