Go Back  British Expats > Living & Moving Abroad > USA
Reload this Page >

Mechanical Engineer Job Offer

Mechanical Engineer Job Offer

Old Dec 28th 2013, 2:07 pm
  #1  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Dec 2013
Location: Middlesbrough England
Posts: 15
davids9317 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Mechanical Engineer Job Offer

Hi all,
Sorry for this post since this type of question has been asked but i'd like to hear about my specific situation.

I'm a mechanical engineer with a bachelor degree, i have 11 years experience in industrial engineering (3.5 years post grad, 7.5 years as a tradesman in the same industry) in the UK, i consider myself pretty employable over here. I'm a 32yr old single male, no ties etc.

My dream is to live and work in the USA, i understand i'm going to need a job offer to get H1B sponsorship but i'm wondering if this is a futile endeavour; most jobs adverts state they will not sponsor expats.

Do you think i have a viable chance of getting a job offer?
davids9317 is offline  
Old Dec 28th 2013, 2:49 pm
  #2  
Lt Cl (Rtd)
 
Pulaski's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2001
Location: Dixie, ex UK
Posts: 49,124
Pulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Mechanical Engineer Job Offer

As a single person you have a option.
Pulaski is offline  
Old Dec 28th 2013, 3:19 pm
  #3  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 22,105
AmerLisa has a reputation beyond reputeAmerLisa has a reputation beyond reputeAmerLisa has a reputation beyond reputeAmerLisa has a reputation beyond reputeAmerLisa has a reputation beyond reputeAmerLisa has a reputation beyond reputeAmerLisa has a reputation beyond reputeAmerLisa has a reputation beyond reputeAmerLisa has a reputation beyond reputeAmerLisa has a reputation beyond reputeAmerLisa has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Mechanical Engineer Job Offer

Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
As a single person you have a option.
Where did you run off to?
AmerLisa is offline  
Old Dec 28th 2013, 3:24 pm
  #4  
MODERATOR
 
Noorah101's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2003
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 58,217
Noorah101 has a reputation beyond reputeNoorah101 has a reputation beyond reputeNoorah101 has a reputation beyond reputeNoorah101 has a reputation beyond reputeNoorah101 has a reputation beyond reputeNoorah101 has a reputation beyond reputeNoorah101 has a reputation beyond reputeNoorah101 has a reputation beyond reputeNoorah101 has a reputation beyond reputeNoorah101 has a reputation beyond reputeNoorah101 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Mechanical Engineer Job Offer

Originally Posted by davids9317 View Post
Do you think i have a viable chance of getting a job offer?
A job offer, yes. Whether you can find an employer to sponsor your work visa is another matter. But of course you can keep pursing it...maybe you'll land something, who knows?

Rene
Noorah101 is offline  
Old Dec 28th 2013, 3:26 pm
  #5  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Bluegrass Lass's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2003
Location: My Old KY Home!
Posts: 6,498
Bluegrass Lass has a reputation beyond reputeBluegrass Lass has a reputation beyond reputeBluegrass Lass has a reputation beyond reputeBluegrass Lass has a reputation beyond reputeBluegrass Lass has a reputation beyond reputeBluegrass Lass has a reputation beyond reputeBluegrass Lass has a reputation beyond reputeBluegrass Lass has a reputation beyond reputeBluegrass Lass has a reputation beyond reputeBluegrass Lass has a reputation beyond reputeBluegrass Lass has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Mechanical Engineer Job Offer

You could also look into obtaining a job in the UK office of a US-based company, and after working for them for a year, try to get transferred to the US office.

Btw, I hold a degree in Industrial Engineering, and I while I know there is some overlap with the ME field, there are definite differences between the two disciplines in the US. So it may appear odd to employers for an ME to apply for IE positions. Saying that, though, experience usually counts for more; so if all your experience is an IE type role, having an ME degree probably wouldn't be held against you. I'm not sure I understand what you mean by being a tradesman though?

I would also suggest you start networking. Often, in the US, it's more about who you know to help you get a foot in the door somewhere.
Bluegrass Lass is offline  
Old Dec 28th 2013, 4:34 pm
  #6  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Dec 2013
Location: Middlesbrough England
Posts: 15
davids9317 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Mechanical Engineer Job Offer

Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
As a single person you have a option.
Haha!!
davids9317 is offline  
Old Dec 28th 2013, 4:39 pm
  #7  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Dec 2013
Location: Middlesbrough England
Posts: 15
davids9317 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Mechanical Engineer Job Offer

Originally Posted by Bluegrass Lass View Post
You could also look into obtaining a job in the UK office of a US-based company, and after working for them for a year, try to get transferred to the US office.

Btw, I hold a degree in Industrial Engineering, and I while I know there is some overlap with the ME field, there are definite differences between the two disciplines in the US. So it may appear odd to employers for an ME to apply for IE positions. Saying that, though, experience usually counts for more; so if all your experience is an IE type role, having an ME degree probably wouldn't be held against you. I'm not sure I understand what you mean by being a tradesman though?

I would also suggest you start networking. Often, in the US, it's more about who you know to help you get a foot in the door somewhere.
I have an ME degree and all my experience is ME based so this would be the line of work i'm looking for. By tradesman I mean a mechanical technician or fitter so could take a step down from the engineer level if this makes me more employable in the USA.

Yes i think the global company route is a good one but a bit more long winded i think….
davids9317 is offline  
Old Dec 28th 2013, 6:40 pm
  #8  
Often not so civil...
 
civilservant's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: The Boonies, GA
Posts: 8,240
civilservant has a reputation beyond reputecivilservant has a reputation beyond reputecivilservant has a reputation beyond reputecivilservant has a reputation beyond reputecivilservant has a reputation beyond reputecivilservant has a reputation beyond reputecivilservant has a reputation beyond reputecivilservant has a reputation beyond reputecivilservant has a reputation beyond reputecivilservant has a reputation beyond reputecivilservant has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Mechanical Engineer Job Offer

Yes i think the global company route is a good one but a bit more long winded i think….
Hardly - if you landed the right role after a year you could look at it, as you have found yourself companies are not looking to spend $5k to bring in someone from abroad in your field. 1 in the hand is worth 2 in the bush and all that.
civilservant is offline  
Old Dec 28th 2013, 6:53 pm
  #9  
Lt Cl (Rtd)
 
Pulaski's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2001
Location: Dixie, ex UK
Posts: 49,124
Pulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Mechanical Engineer Job Offer

Originally Posted by davids9317 View Post
Haha!!
I wasn't necessarily joking. I am not the only one here on BE who would likely not be in the US were it not for an American spouse.

I don't see anything in your post, and no one else has asked, ...... do you have any experience of living in the US, are you just a theoretical dreamer? ..... There's nothing wrong with that, IMO, BTW.

Last edited by Pulaski; Dec 28th 2013 at 7:31 pm.
Pulaski is offline  
Old Dec 28th 2013, 7:07 pm
  #10  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Michael's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Posts: 10,678
Michael has a reputation beyond reputeMichael has a reputation beyond reputeMichael has a reputation beyond reputeMichael has a reputation beyond reputeMichael has a reputation beyond reputeMichael has a reputation beyond reputeMichael has a reputation beyond reputeMichael has a reputation beyond reputeMichael has a reputation beyond reputeMichael has a reputation beyond reputeMichael has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Mechanical Engineer Job Offer

Originally Posted by davids9317 View Post
Haha!!
Besides the obvious, generally someone that is single can move more easily than someone that is married and has children. This may possibly make it easier to get a company transfer since you may be able to move without all the enticing expatriate benefits that they would normally provide to someone with the needed experience that the company needs to transfer.
Michael is offline  
Old Dec 28th 2013, 7:49 pm
  #11  
Member
 
jeffreyhy's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 14,049
jeffreyhy has a reputation beyond reputejeffreyhy has a reputation beyond reputejeffreyhy has a reputation beyond reputejeffreyhy has a reputation beyond reputejeffreyhy has a reputation beyond reputejeffreyhy has a reputation beyond reputejeffreyhy has a reputation beyond reputejeffreyhy has a reputation beyond reputejeffreyhy has a reputation beyond reputejeffreyhy has a reputation beyond reputejeffreyhy has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Mechanical Engineer Job Offer

The grass is pretty green over here, but a lot of it is artificial turf or spray paint.

Regards, JEff
Originally Posted by davids9317 View Post
My dream is to live and work in the USA, ...
jeffreyhy is offline  
Old Dec 28th 2013, 7:49 pm
  #12  
MODERATOR
 
Noorah101's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2003
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 58,217
Noorah101 has a reputation beyond reputeNoorah101 has a reputation beyond reputeNoorah101 has a reputation beyond reputeNoorah101 has a reputation beyond reputeNoorah101 has a reputation beyond reputeNoorah101 has a reputation beyond reputeNoorah101 has a reputation beyond reputeNoorah101 has a reputation beyond reputeNoorah101 has a reputation beyond reputeNoorah101 has a reputation beyond reputeNoorah101 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Mechanical Engineer Job Offer

Originally Posted by davids9317 View Post
Yes i think the global company route is a good one but a bit more long winded i think….
Not really. If you're looking for an H1B visa, the earliest an employer can file a petition right now is April 2014 for a start date in October 2014. Longer if you can't find an employer to sponsor you until after April 2014 (because then they'd have to wait until April 2015).

If you were able to find a job with an international company who has offices in the USA fairly soon, you will be eligible to transfer after only 1 year working for that company.

Rene
Noorah101 is offline  
Old Dec 28th 2013, 8:20 pm
  #13  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Dec 2013
Location: Middlesbrough England
Posts: 15
davids9317 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Mechanical Engineer Job Offer

Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
I wasn't necessarily joking. I am not the only one here on BE who would likely not be in the US were it not for an American spouse.

I don't see anything in your post, and no one else has asked, ...... do you have any experience of living in the US, are you just a theoretical dreamer? ..... There's nothing wrong with that, IMO, BTW.
The spouse option; wouldn't i need to be living in the US to find one hence need a job etc anyway?

Yes i must admit my experience of america comes from my gut, heart and research but as an adventure and a life goal it can't be that wrong….
davids9317 is offline  
Old Dec 28th 2013, 8:21 pm
  #14  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Dec 2013
Location: Middlesbrough England
Posts: 15
davids9317 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Mechanical Engineer Job Offer

Thanks for you info by the way guys!
davids9317 is offline  
Old Dec 28th 2013, 8:31 pm
  #15  
Lt Cl (Rtd)
 
Pulaski's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2001
Location: Dixie, ex UK
Posts: 49,124
Pulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond reputePulaski has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Mechanical Engineer Job Offer

Originally Posted by davids9317 View Post
The spouse option; wouldn't i need to be living in the US to find one ....
Nope. Online dating recognises no frontiers. ..... It worked for me!
Pulaski is offline  

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.