Target Hires Engineers!
Last year I was invited to attend a career fair to recruit Engineering interns. What struck me immediately was how so many young, bright engineers would stream past our booth and form long lines in front of Fortune-ranked defense, medical and industrial companies. As I started to engage passersby, they would almost always say, “What? Target hires engineers??”, invariably followed by a”…to do what?” From there it dawned on me, I needed to spread the message that Target hires engineers! To that end, I’ve been given this humble platform to spread the message, describe exactly what engineers do at Target, and why this is a pretty good gig if you are one.
As proof of the fact that Target hires engineers, I, myself, have a degree in Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics. I worked in the defense industry developing small, unmanned surveillance aircrafts prior to joining Target. I did everything from wing and propulsion designs to live flight demonstrations for foreign governments. It was a great chance to do detailed engineering, and learn my trade. Eventually though, I realized that I wanted leadership opportunities, business experience and the chance to think BIG. Engineers generally face this fork at some point in their career path – leadership or engineering fellow (the highest strata of engineers within a major organization). For me, I want to follow the leadership path. Because I knew that I wanted to join an organization with dedication to developing leaders, a focus on personal challenge and growth and a fast paced schedule to bring innovation to market, I chose Target. And when I got here, I realized I wasn’t necessarily alone – I work every day with Electricals, Mechanicals, and even a Civil engineer.
So, I’ve answered the “Target hires engineers?” question. Let’s tackle the “…to do what?” part.
Target hires engineers to design and develop owned-brand products, in dozens of different categories ranging from camping gear to dinnerware to sunscreen. Each owned-brand product has a team of engineers and designers who actually have to bring the product to life, just like any national brand. Room Essentials, Threshold, Xhilaration, Archer Farms, Market Pantry, up&up – the list of Target owned-brands goes on and on. Behind every product, in every one of these brands, are engineers and designers – right here at Target in Minneapolis. We develop these products for nearly 1800 stores in 49 states and generate billions of dollars in revenue for Target. At every step, we design these products to provide a great value and experience to the millions of Guests who buy them. Pretty neat if you ask me.
Over the coming weeks and months, I will continue to spread my message that Target hires engineers and share with you exactly what we do, and why this is a great place to practice the craft.