"When I first considered working for Outdoor Illumination, I wondered how I could make a career out of landscape lighting. It's been almost three years now and I realize this industry is booming."
Outdoor Illumination & Irrigation Management
- Architecture & Sustainable Design
- Building Construction
- Construction Management
- Landscape/Plant Production
Outdoor Illumination designs and installs landscape lighting that sets the tone for residential and commercial properties. Outdoor Irrigation Management utilizes carefully trained technicians to install and maintain irrigation systems that promote plant health and water conservation. Both divisions value their clients, employees, and the community, and maintain high standards for design, implementation, and customer experience. They work closely with some of the region’s leading landscape architects and landscape contractors and have installed and maintained hundreds of award-winning projects.
Q&A with Outdoor Illumination & Irrigation Management
HOW DID YOUR COMPANY FIRST CONNECT WITH PENN COLLEGE?
We noticed that one of our strategic partners had recently hired a graduate of Penn College. After checking Penn College's website, we realized they were a perfect match for us, producing students we would like to hire.
WHAT QUALITIES OF PENN COLLEGE STUDENTS MAKE THEM STAND OUT FOR YOUR OPERATIONS?
Penn College offers hands-on experience. We consider this a major benefit and, when combined with classroom learning, prepares students to think critically. These well-rounded applicants are who we prefer to hire.
WHAT ASPECTS OF YOUR COMPANY ATTRACT OUR STUDENTS AND FUTURE STUDENTS TO JOIN YOUR OPERATION?
Almost all of our associates begin work in the field. We prefer to promote from within, so having a working knowledge of our trade allows employees to have a career path. We also promote a healthy work/life balance. Employees who have time to relax and enjoy their time off tend to perform at a higher level when at work.
WHAT PROFESSIONAL ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE PENN COLLEGE STUDENTS TO BEST PREPARE THEM TO JOIN YOUR TEAM?
My best advice is to do your research and prepare. This goes for any firm you are considering. Check out the website, ask lots of questions, and think about short- and long-term goals. These goals should not only be professional, but personal goals. Do you think we can help you attain these goals? Ideally, where would you like to see yourself in 1-5 years? Having goals and a plan, even though they may not always work out as you think, will give you something to work towards.
Architecture & Sustainable Design
Make a lasting impact designing all kinds of spaces with industry-leading software including AutoCAD, Revit, Trimble Sketchup, and Adobe Photoshop.
Whether you’re drawn to the technology behind residential construction or have an interest in rising to management, there’s an opportunity waiting for you.
Take the lead in the boardroom and on the job site, running all types of construction projects from small to large.
Learn all the ins and outs of electrical and automated systems, training in specialized labs using equipment just like the pros.
Pursue a career in landscape/plant production at Penn College and you’ll be at home in our living labs, cultivating real-world experience and nurturing the in-demand skills to thrive.