The Offshoring of Engineering: Facts, Unknowns, and Potential Implications

  • AuthorNational Academy of Engineering
  • TitleThe Offshoring of Engineering: Facts, Unknowns, and Potential Implications
  • PublisherNational Academies Press
  • Release DateJanuary 1, 2008
  • Copyright2008
  • ISBN978-0-309-11483-7

Offshoring has transformed U.S. engineering. In some industries, offshoring has contributed to the creation and retention of engineering jobs in the United States. In others, however, the effects have been devastating. Because of significant gaps in the data on trade-in-services and employment, the committee found it extremely difficult to assess the net effects of offshoring on the U.S. engineering workforce. Thus, more study will be necessary to sort out all aspects of offshoring and clarify the long-term implications. In the meantime, the committee recommends steps to help those who have been adversely affected. This volume includes the study committee’s consensus report, with findings and recommendations; commissioned papers on offshoring in six major industries: software engineering, automobile manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, personal computer manufacturing, construction, and semiconductors; and edited versions of talks from a preliminary workshop in 2007.