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Excerpted from the Netherlands Career Guide

Competition is fierce for engineering candidates in The Netherlands and across Europe; although engineering candidates have nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010, that is still not enough to satisfy demand from employers across the EU.

Areas of Job Promise

The European Aeronautics, Defense and Space Company (EADS) states there are 12,000 job openings for aeronautical engineers in Europe every year.

Due to a thousand years spent shaping its environment, The Netherlands is a world leader in advanced environmental technologies. In particular, The Netherlands specializes in waste processing, water purification, soil remediation and environmental management and consultancy.

With 25 percent of the country, 60 percent of the population and 70 percent of economic output produced below sea level, the Dutch are experts in high tech flood protection and hydraulic engineering. They are taking no chances, especially with climate change. Earlier this year, bad storms caused water levels to reach a 14-year high. The Flood Control 2015 program aims to develop advanced forecasting- and decision-supporting systems.

Organizations and Trade Associations

http://www.fme.nl/ (Dutch, an English page)
FME-CWM is the largest organization in The Netherlands representing employers and businesses in the technological industry. FME is prominent regionally in dealings with public authorities and in networks. Sector activities cover engineering, manufacturing, trade, industrial maintenance and industrial automation. Approximately 2,500 organizations (in metal, plastics, electronics and electro-technology), employing some 225,000 people, are members of FME. The members enjoy a total turnover of 60 billion EUR, of which 37 billion is generated abroad. FME represents the interests of member companies, both nationally and internationally, and provides assistance on social, economic and financial fronts. Areas of advice are HRM consulting, strategy, innovation and operations; international business; legal advice; training and collective agreements for the sector. Some 120 trade organizations are affiliated with the organization. FME itself, including trade groups, employs a staff of 228 with specialist knowledge in many fields.

Postbus 190
NL-2700 AD Zoetermeer
Tel: +31 (0)79 353 11 00
Fax: +31 (0)79 353 13 65
Email: info@fme.nl


 Technisch Weekblad
http://www.technischweekblad.nl/ (Dutch)
This magazine for the engineering industry is available in print and online. The online edition has been made compatible for tablets. Its news covers such categories as energy, media and gadgets. Furthermore, the website offers an extended news archive, a calendar with congresses and seminars, and the ‘Top 50’ ranking of engineering agencies (since 2000). The website also includes a list of job openings and a contact form.

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Netherlands Guide.

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