PLYMOUTH, Mich.—It will take 24 months and thousands of miles of travel for Alexander Turkan to find his dream job.
But the wait certainly will be worth it for the Purdue University graduate currently working as a quality engineer at Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies Inc.'s facility in Bristol, N.H.
Turkan is one of eight members of the inaugural class of Freudenberg's Emerging Professional Program, an initiative designed to provide intensive training to a select group of recent college graduates, allowing them to experience the company's processes and products from a variety of angles.
The eight spent or are in the process of spending 18 to 24 months on a series of assignments throughout the organization, working and learning at various Freu-denberg-NOK sites across the U.S., performing jobs that help shape their future role with the rubber manufacturer. Those that have graduated from the program have been assigned a permanent position within the organization.
"This program exceeded my expectations," Turkan said. "It was a good surprise. I wasn't expecting it to be this comprehensive, and I wasn't expecting Freudenberg to invest in my professional development as much."