We've found that the so-called "over qualified/senior" workers aren't
interested in designing buildings.
They want to "manage projects"; own a piece of my firm; get paid a lot of
money and tell me how to run my business.
American "mid-level" people aren't available....we've posted well paying
project engineer level job opportunities
on both the internet and in the Chicago Tribune; so we've made the jobs
available to US engineers...the best qualified resumes we've
gotten have been from overseas.
In accordance with the INS H1-B visa provisions, we pay competitive salaries
(frankly, much more than market rate here in Chicago)
to those we bring in from overseas. They work very hard and have a hell of a
lot less baggage.
David L. Fisher, SE,PE
Fisher+Horos Structural Engineers
372 West Ontario
Chicago, Illinois 60610
From: Todd Hill [mailto:thill(--nospam--at)tkarch.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2001 8:52 AM
Subject: RE: Wage Busting
Before we look off shore for foreign engineers industry should, at the very
least, expand their selection of personnel to the pool of "Over Qualified"
and senior more experienced American Engineers and High Tech workers
by years of experience.
So where are these people located?
We have run employment ads for the past couple of months and have received
very few (if any) responses.
Because of this we are now starting to look abroad.
I've also talked to few other people in our industry and this seems to be
I might be naive, but I don't think it is so much "wage busting" as it is
too few workers.