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- From: Bill Polhemus <bpolhem(--nospam--at)swbell.net>
- Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2000 17:26:08 -0500
I guarantee you, any engineer who decides to do this will find he is spending MORE money, not less, to get his work done at the level of confidence and quality to which he is accustomed. Here are just a few problems I think you'd encounter: 1. You advertise, and select, a "Foreign Engineer". You select him based on what? His resume? How do you check his bona fides? Ask someone who has worked with him? What are the standards for referral, then? How do you know the reference at the other end of the phone isn't a cousin? Remember, you're talking to people over the telephone and via computer, who are in an environment and culture that you know NOTHING about. Talk to professors where the person went to school? Again, we're talking about completely different standards of "competence" here. Many countries, particularly in the third world, have a vastly different standard of competence from the U.S.A. For example, simply getting the equivalent of a B.S. in engineering there is, in the minds of those in that country, the pinnacle of achievement. Many countries and cultures have a reverence for "academia" that is very foreign, literally and figuratively, to our way of thinking here. So right off the bat, you're buying a "pig in a poke" when it comes to selecting the person, no matter HOW "cheap" they may come. 2. How do you really assert quality control over work that is being done in a remote location? How do you enforce the schedule? You're paying SUPER CHEAP rates for "grunt work". Does this person have the same aims as you do? What is his objective? After all, he can already do design work and have it constructed in his home country, even if he's straight out of college. In his own mind, he is "already there" as an engineer unlike here in the U.S. where the concept of "Engineer Intern" is very important. Does this person have the same standard of care that you do? How do you know, sight unseen? I have had my OWN share of problems, as I've shared on this list, just with U.S. trained junior engineers who don't yet "get it" and don't even see that I have anything to teach them. Among the most egregious in that respect are typically non-U.S. born engineers (who, again, have a very elevated view of themselves just because they have an engineering degree; this because this is the culture they grew up in). I'll be durned if I'm going further out on the limb with a "FR" who isn't even employed or directly supervised by me. 3. You are simply going to find that you have so much "cleaning up" to do after the FR has done his job, that you'll realize you probably gained very little in terms of schedule and cost. We've all encountered situations where the most effective and economical way to accomplish something is simply to "do it yourself". And with computerization and office automation, you realize you can leverage your own capabilities in a much more productive way now than could ever be accomplished by farming out to FRs. Bottom line: I am a BIG believer in the "Free Market", and I invite my colleagues to "go for it" in terms of using FRs to extend your capability. I simply believe that in the end, those who do will realize you really DO get what you pay for, no matter the currency of exchange involved. "Garner, Robert /SD" wrote: > > I'm fascinated by the possibility (likelyhood) of "Global Engineering", that > is the use of lower cost foreign engineers for work in the U.S.
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