IMHO I see no problem finding engineers who are qualified. The only problem
I see is finding an engineer willing to move. If there is not a large enough
difference in compensation with an added sense of job security no engineer
will move. This has been the case for at least 10 years and it has created
lower wages. The other issue is that within the structural engineering
profession is that very few small to mid sized offices are willing to
recognize that although a applicant may have worked in a nitch the skills
are transferable. I have experienced this myself and have been denied very
interesting positions because a firm looking just did not want to recognize
the transferable issue and provide compensation. I also have 3 sons all with
excellent skills in math and science who see no reason to take on one of the
toughest majors in college when looked at with the lifetime compensation
issue. They have been raised to respect how well a person does what he does
and the character of the person with no regard to his occupation. This is
not true for a lot of the diverse family cultures of the USA today or
abroad. Being an engineer in some cultures/families places one in higher
regard. Just mho.
Bob Hanson, S. E.
From: Todd Hill [mailto:thill(--nospam--at)tkarch.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2001 6:52 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.