Yes Iâ€™m familiar with Mentor and Quartus. I have a feeling your program was similar to mine. http://www.ece.ufl.edu/academics/underg ... ee2001.htm
A few factors that come into play: if you had a co-op during undergrad, your GPA and willingness to relocate. UF grads have a big advantage because the engineering department has one of the best annual career fairs in the nation. I cant really say the undergrad education was all that great (I had over 60 people in my senior design class.) but the department was very tight with so many recruiters across the nation that it was a joke finding a job. The only people that had problems landing a job were the ones not willing to relocate.
Does the university you attend offer career fairs?
Off the top of my head here are a few companies that actively recruit undergrads for hardware design:
Lockheed in Maryland
ïƒŸ---- I was a design engineer there; and later became a college recruiter
Here is a link to the UF career fair:
http://www.crc.ufl.edu/CareerFairs/Even ... ending.htm
Select Engineer-Electrical and it will pull up companies recruiting undergrads, along with links to their websites.
But your best bet is a career fair locally. NOTHING beats out face time with a recruiter. There were many times I bumped an application up to HR because the person I spoke to at a career fair was knowledgeable about our company and very enthusiastic about what we did. My biggest pet peeve was the applicants that showed up at the fairs and didnâ€™t know a single thing about our company. Those applications, no matter what their qualifications were, were not filed.