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Engineering Salaries Rise Again

Wages in the United States grow only slightly, while China and India see double-digit increases

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For nine long months last year, electrical engineer John Narney scoured job boards, talked to headhunters, and asked his contacts about jobs. Many positions looked perfect, but when he got to the salary, he often decided not to send a résumé.

"I was earning three to four thousand dollars over the high end of their range," Narney says, and many companies "were pretty set on what they could afford." He finally landed a job in Newport News, Va., as a senior engineer for Siemens VDO Automotive Corp., a subsidiary of the huge German company. But like many U.S. engineers these days, he's more excited about trading a small, shaky employer for a strong worldwide conglomerate than about his pay increase. "I got a little bit of a raise, and the benefits are better," he says.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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