Mexico's talented engineers

With manufacturing assembly work migrating to countries like India and China, the Mexican government recognised the need to upgrade the engineering capabilities of its own workforce.

by BusinessWeek, May 22 2006
Last Updated: 23 Jul 2013

The results of a decade-long investment in engineering education has borne fruit. Currently, 451,000 Mexican students are enrolled in full-time undergraduate courses in comparison with 370,000 in the United States. The consequence is that multinationals such as GE, General Motors and Delphi have created large R&D centres employing Mexican talent to carry out high-value design changes and handle the testing of products such as cars and jet engines.

GE has several Global Engineering Centres around the world in India, Poland, Russia and now Mexico. Good engineers also cost less in Mexico. Starting salaries might be $15,000 a year and move up to around $25,000 to $35,000 for those with experience. The effort made by the Mexican government to attract global business is illustrated by its pledge to construct a new aerospace university near a proposed electric wire harness plant which Canadian aircraft maker Bombardier is considering locating in QuerĂ©taro. The government hopes they and other global giants will invest in the country and use its growing pool of engineering talent.

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Geri Smith
BusinessWeek, May 22 2006

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