Some of the U.S.’s biggest engineering employers made bleak announcements today that could have a profound effect on technical workers.
The Associated Press reported that NASA could eliminate as many as 8,000 contractor jobs in the manned space program by 2010, while Dell Inc. said it will close a Texas-based computer plant, which is likely to eliminate 900 jobs very soon.
Also today, The Wall Street Journal reported that General Motors Corp.’s sales dropped 19% during February. Meanwhile, Toyota announced a 10% decline, while Ford Motor Co. reported a 14% drop and Chrysler LLC declined 19% in February.
GM, Ford, and Toyota are recognized as three of the biggest engineering employers in the world, while NASA, Dell and Chrysler are among the largest in the U.S.