Educating Engineers for the New Market
While debate heats up again over immigration and the movement of jobs offshore, U.S. schools are starting to come to grips with the challenges of preparing new engineers for the realities of globalization. Regardless of where one stands on the outsourcing debate, on this most experts agree: Engineering positions that involve fairly straightforward and time-consuming tasks, such as testing and producing detailed blueprints, will continue moving to wherever skilled labor is cheapest, whether that's India or West Virginia. If such jobs aren't imperiled by outsourcing, they are threatened by steady advances in automated design software.
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