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ONU engineering grad lands job at Otterbox

Posted: Jul 24, 2012

2012 Matt Krajec
“Engineering is a great field because it’s so versatile,” says ONU engineering graduate Matt Krajec ’12. “Just about every company can use an engineer.”

Originally from Berthoud, Colo., Matt first heard about Olivet from a family at his church, the Walkers. Through their influence, Matt found the perfect school for him, which led him to his first fulltime job — as an engineer for the worldwide company, Otterbox, out of Ft. Collins, Colo.

For two summers, Matt interned with Otterbox, a company that specializes in designing protective cases for phones and tablets. In March 2012, he was officially offered a job as a mechanical engineer, doing reverse engineering.

“I’m very involved with the whole process, but I mostly work on the first step of the design,” Matt explains. “I am in charge of the fit of the case.”

He adds, “The work is challenging and I like that. Nothing is better than people needing your work.”

Despite the challenge, Matt felt fully prepared for his new endeavor — thanks to Olivet’s rigorous engineering program.

“It’s a well-rounded program,” Matt says. “Even though I studied mechanical engineering, I had to study electrical as well, so I have a good understanding of both sides.”

Matt formed a special bond with his professor, Dr. Robert Allen, who also served as Matt’s faculty advisor on his senior design project. “With over 30 years of engineering experience, he really understood what he was teaching. He was encouraging and fun to have for class.”

Dr. Allen was especially influential, but Matt credits all of his ONU professors for helping him come this far. “At Olivet, professors always have their doors open,” Matt says. “They take time out of their day for you as a student — if you’re having problems with homework, or anything else.”