Finding mechanical engineers can be a difficult enough task for hiring managers and recruiters to take on, but finding a minority candidate to diversify the workplace can be even more challenging. As an employer, knowing which schools graduate the most minority candidates and partnering with those college universities could give you an edge in finding these desirable candidates.
Looking at data from CareerBuilder’s Supply & Demand Portal, we can draw more insight into the available supply of minority candidates with mechanical engineering degrees.
As the above graph shows, the University of Florida graduated the most minority candidates with mechanical engineer degrees nationwide last year. The University of California-Berkeley, California State University-Fullerton, and ITT Technical Institute followed closely behind. After the top four universities, however, there is a considerable drop in minority candidates. Connecting with these schools’ alumni programs would be beneficial to finding candidates.
So now that we know which schools the most minority mechanical engineer candidates are coming from, it will boost your recruiting efforts even more to know what kind of degrees these candidates are earning. As the graph above shows, more than 45 percent of candidates have earned their bachelor’s degree, while 37 percent have gone on to earn their master’s degree or higher. At 14 percent, very few minority mechanical engineers have an associate degree or lower. When compared to all mechanical engineers, minorities tend to be more educated. Only 28 percent of all mechanical engineers have a master’s degree or higher compared to 37 percent of minorities.
Because we are talking about minority candidates, let’s take a closer look at what we mean by minority. The above graph shows the breakdown of ethnicities among mechanical engineers. The majority of candidates are Asian, making up 47 percent of the talent pool. The next two ethnic groups are pretty close in size, with Hispanic/Latino coming in second at 24 percent and black/ African American coming in third at 22 percent.
Smart employers understand the importance of understanding their candidate base. When it comes to recruiting minority candidates right out of school, knowing the schools from which these candidates are graduating, the degrees they are earning and their backgrounds is key. This information helps hiring managers and recruiters decide where to allocate their recruitment marketing dollars and how to formulate their employer value proposition.