It's a digital world. But, ironically, there's a shortage of experienced analog design engineers out there. So laments Steve Lyle, Director of Worldwide Staffing for Texas Instruments. "Obviously, it takes an analog signal at the beginning of the design and at the end of the design to make digital work," he says. "And we're having difficulty finding engineers with five to seven years of experience who can walk in and develop high-speed, high-performance analog devices," says Lyle. One reason: Many good analog design engineers are firmly entrenched in their current companies and can't be pried away—even for salaries that are extremely competitive. Currently looking to fill dozens of openings, Lyle sees demand for analog engineers for years to come. "I hope lots of bright students in high school are going to go on to become engineers, preferably analog," he says wishfully.
Fifty-six-year-old Pasquale Russo has been doing metalwork for more than 30 years in a tiny southern Italy village. Many craftsmen like him brought with them fabrication skills when they came from the Old World to America.
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