Can Engineers Find Opportunities in Central/South America and Spain?

In summary, The speaker is a graduate student studying Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in energy and thermal sciences. They plan to seek employment overseas, particularly in regions such as Central/South America and Spain due to their interest in different cultures. However, they have found through research that these regions lack engineering positions. They are seeking advice on which countries are technological hubs for offshoring engineering, and Switzerland and companies like Bechtel are mentioned as potential options. The Mideast is also mentioned as having a lot of work in the energy and thermal sciences.
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Hello,

I am presently studying Mechanical Engineering, earning my Masters degree in the United States. My emphasis is in energy and thermal sciences. My graduate degree program will culminate in 1.5 years. Soon thereafter I will likely seek employment overseas. Having traveled Europe this past summer I'm very interested in other cultures/lifestyles around the globe. Furthermore, I want to learn spanish (taken 4+ yrs back in high school), so Central/South America and Spain are particularly appealling to me.

This is where my concern arises. From my research thus far, I have found most/all countries in these regions to be completely lacking in engineering positions.

Would you please offer me advice/information (or direct me to where I may find it) with regard to this matter? Which countries on this planet, on any continent, are technological hubs for the offshoring engineering I speak of?

...Switzerland is one that I've found...
 
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I'd check out a company like Bechtel. They do a lot of work overseas. The Mideast has a lot of work
 
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Thank you for your question. I understand your desire to explore other cultures and pursue your career in a different country. It is certainly a valuable experience that can broaden your perspective and enhance your skills as an engineer.

In terms of finding engineering positions overseas, it is important to research and network within your desired field and location. You may find that certain countries have a higher demand for engineers in specific industries, so it is important to focus your job search in those areas. Additionally, it can be helpful to connect with professional organizations or attend career fairs in your desired country to learn about job opportunities and make connections with potential employers.

Some countries that are known for their technological advancements and may have a higher demand for engineers include Japan, South Korea, Germany, and the United Kingdom. As you mentioned, Switzerland is also a hub for engineering, particularly in the fields of energy and thermal sciences. It is important to note that the job market may vary in different regions within a country, so it may be beneficial to narrow down your search to specific cities or regions that align with your career goals.

I would also recommend considering the language requirements for each country you are interested in. While Spanish may be useful in Central and South America, other countries may have a higher demand for engineers who are fluent in their native language. It may be beneficial to brush up on your language skills or even take classes in the language of your desired country to make yourself more marketable to potential employers.

Overall, my advice is to continue researching and networking within your desired field and location. With determination and persistence, you will likely find opportunities that align with your career goals. Best of luck to you in your future endeavors.
 

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1. What are the benefits of pursuing an engineering career overseas?

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