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Gerard,

It isn't just you ! I believe this is an educational and social epidemic
that most don't even recognize because of it's insidiously slow propagation
over decades.  But it's real, and I think we (educators, parents, etc.)
better start assessing and researching 'Cause & Effects' before too much
longer.

We are starting to see more and more technically (i.e. draftsmen, engineers,
etc.) qualified and capable people from outside our borders, eager to fill
these longtime vacancies at a reasonable compensation rate.

Longing for those "good-old" days ...

John Hilzman, CEO
STEEL TECH, INC.



----- Original Message -----
From: "Gerard Madden" <gmadden(--nospam--at)duquette-eng.com>
To: "SEAINT LISTSERVER (E-mail)" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2002 7:30 PM
Subject: Lack of Drafters


> Is it just me, or is there a shortage of even 1/4 decent drafters out
there.
> I have been interviewing people for the a couple of the places I have
worked
> and I have been severely disappointed at the capabilities of most
> applicants.
>
> I even went as far to create a cad test. I was able to complete the test
in
> 45 minutes (re-create a hand drafted steel detail into autocad). I realize
> that since I created the test, I understand the drawing, and I have a
> structural background, that I will be faster than the typical test taker.
> But I am having people spend over 3 hours trying to draft what I consider
a
> typical detail in a structural office and then I still find a ton of
> mistakes (improper scale, missing information, wrong linetypes...)
>
> Is everyone out there just starting from scratch with drafters, taking the
> time to train and develop their skills, or are you capable of finding
people
> with experience? We advertised 2 year exp in structural, 20 25 bucks an
> hour. I thought that was reasonable for that amount of experience. I had
one
> lady today ask for 35 an hour and I had to ask her to leave after 3 1/2
> hours because she was too slow. These are the issues I now have fun
dealing
> with in my "Management" position.
>
> Frustrated in San Jose,
>
> -gerard
>
>
> Gerard Madden, PE
> Design Group Manager
>
> Duquette Engineering
> 10 South Third Street
> San Jose, CA 95113
> T: 408.494.0944 - ext 102
> F: 408.494.0940
> E: gmadden(--nospam--at)duquette-eng.com
> w: www.duquette-eng.com
>
>
>
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