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SDSU’s Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering is one of the region’s leading producers of computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians, statisticians and technologists. Located along the I-29 corridor in the heart of the state’s principal manufacturing and high-tech industries, the college enjoys a close partnership with many local and regional employers. Of course, this offers students exceptional opportunities for employment both before and after graduation.

Work experience before graduation: We encourage students in all of our majors to take advantage of the numerous internship and part-time work opportunities available in Brookings and the immediate region. Frequently there are more job opportunities than available students! These positions offer students a unique opportunity to build professional experience and earn some extra money while completing their degrees. Students from all majors in the College of Engineering are highly sought after by South Dakota employers.

Stay in South Dakota after graduation: A growing number of College of Engineering graduates now remain in the state for professional employment by South Dakota employers who highly value our graduates. Nearly two-thirds of all College of Engineering graduates choose to remain in South Dakota to begin high-paying STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. Salaries range from $40,000 to $70,000 depending on the major.

Become licensed: Many of our students choose an engineering career requiring professional licensure, and SDSU students score very well in the required examinations. Our graduating engineering majors typically score above the national average on the Fundamentals in Engineering examination required for becoming a registered Professional Engineer.

State and Regional Employers

SDSU students who graduate with a degree in the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering can look forward to exceptional employment opportunities in South Dakota and elsewhere. Below is a partial list of the employers that actively recruit for SDSU engineering graduates.


Aagard Group

Adams Thermal Systems, Inc.

AE2S- Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.

Alfred Benesch and Co.

Associated Consulting Engineers, Inc.


AGCO Corporation

American Cast Iron Pipe Company

American Engineering Testing


Baldwin Filters

Banner Associates, Inc.

Bartlett and West Engineers, Inc.

Black Hills Corporation

Bobcat/Doosan Company

Bolton and Menk

Border States Industries, Inc.

Braun Intertec Corporation

Brookings City Engineer

Brookings Municipal Utilities

Brosz Engineering, Inc.

Burns and McDonnell

Cannon Moss Brygger and Associates

CAPITAL Card Services

Cars for Sale


CCL Label, Inc.


Civil Design Inc.

Clark Engineering Corporation

Climate Systems, Inc.


Cortrust Bank

Dacotah Bank

Dakota Pump and Control

Dakota Supply Group

Daktronics, Inc.

Design Data Corporation

DGR Engineering

DHHS PHS Indian Health Service

Dunham Associates, Inc.

Eagle Creek Software Services

East River Electric

Eaton Corporation

EDA Engineers

Edco Group, Inc.

Electrical Consultants, Inc.


Empirical (formerly Beef Products, Inc.)


First Bank and Trust


Gage Brothers

Gehl Company

Geotek Engineering and Testing

Graco, Inc.

HDR, Inc.

Helms and Associates

Honeywell International

Hormel Foods Corporation

Horton, Inc.

Howard R. Green

IBM Corporation

Indian Health Service - OEH&E

Infrastructure Design Group, Inc.

Innovative Systems

Interstates Companies

Jans Corporation

Jennie-O Turkey Store

John Deere

Johnson Controls

Journey Group

Kansas Department of Transportation

Kiewit Mining Group

Lane Construction

Larson Manufacturing

L. G. Everist, Inc.

Malloy Electric  

Masaba Mining Equipment

McLaury Engineering, Inc.

Michaels Energy

Midland National Life

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Missouri River Energy Services

Mutual of Omaha


Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Div.

Northwind Technical Services, LLC

NorthWestern Energy



O'Connor Group

Otter Tail Power Co.

PCL Construction Services, Inc.

Pella Corporation


Power System Engineering, Inc.



Regal Beloit Corporation

RFA Minnesota Engineering

Rockwell Collins

Sanford Research

Sayre Associates, Inc.

Sencore Inc.

SGT, Inc.

Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.

Simon Contractors of South Dakota

Sioux Corporation

Sioux Falls City

Sioux Steel Company

South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources

South Dakota Department of Transportation

South Dakota Rural Electric Association

South Dakota State University Army ROTC

Spartan ER (formerly Crimson Fire)


SPN and Associates

Stanley Consultants


Stockwell Engineers, Inc.


Tessier's, Inc.

Terex Utilities

The Schwan Food Company


Trail King Industries, Inc.




Twin City Fan Companies, Ltd.

Ulteig Engineers

US Marine Officer Programs

US Navy


USGS Dakota Water Science Center

Valero Energy


Vermeer Manufacturing Company


Wells Enterprises, Inc.

Wells Concrete Products Co.

Wells Fargo - Technology

West Plains Engineering

Wildcat Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Wilson and Company

Würth Elektronik

Xcel Energy