Kerstin Purvis, Talent Acquisition Manager at Sparton Electronics gives us insight into this great company listed in De Leon Spring, Florida.
Please describe Sparton Electronics.
Sparton is an electronics manufacturer. In De Leon Springs, FL we design and manufacture anti-submarine warfare devices, known as sonobuoys, for the U.S. Navy and foreign governments. This business unit also internally develops and markets commercial products for underwater acoustics and inertial measurements.
What does your current role with Sparton entail?
My current role as Talent Acquisition Manager is focused on attracting top talent to our team. My recruitment efforts focus on Campus Recruiting, Military/Veteran recruitment programs, and all staff positions other than production. Additionally, I am responsible for social media and employer branding efforts.
What qualities make a great candidate at Sparton?
Our core values are: Do What’s Right, Respect Others, and Perform with Excellence. When I am recruiting I look for individuals that embody those traits. Do what’s right means operate with a high standard of ethics. Honesty and integrity are paramount to trust. Respecting others shows our commitment to embracing diversity in our culture. Perform with excellence, well that one is pretty clear, however we approach every challenge with the determination to succeed.
What advice do you have for graduating students entering the workforce?
There are so many things I wish I knew then, but I’ll stick to three: Be open to change, never stop learning, most importantly learn how to ask for help and how to say “No”. Oh! And make sure to always have a mentor. (okay, four)
What skills does the internship/co-op of your company build?
Our engineering interns will learn how to create practical build drawings in Solidworks and how to run various machines for testing. Your opinions as an intern matter to our overall program success so learning how to provide input and give solutions based on new technologies you’re learning is crucial. We will also teach you some networking, and professional communication.
What unique projects does a student or graduate participate in?
Our engineering interns work on redesigns for buoys, and R&D programs. You can expect to design and execute experiments and test procedures as it relates to innovating our products. We have a very hands-on internship program, and there is a lot of involvement from cradle to grave.