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Excerpted from the Mexico Career Guide

While Mexico’s manufacturing industry was greatly affected by the recent global recession, it is now making a strong recovery. Manufacturing is responsible for 30 percent of GDP and employs 24 percent of active workers.

Mexico also has an emerging aerospace industry, which has grown by about 20 percent annually over the past decade. There are 270 industry-certified firms in the country concentrated across six states, employing more than 31,000 highly skilled workers.

Areas of Job Promise

Engineers are in short supply in Mexico. They also earn the highest salaries, earning on average 20,000 MXN monthly. There is an insufficient number of engineering graduates, which negatively affects Mexico’s further economic development and foreign investment.

Several important projects are planned for Mexico’s ports, including the expansion of the Port of Veracruz, which will take 15 to 20 years to complete and require investments of more than 1.2 billion USD. Many projects that were on standby during the recession will be restarted by private investors, including improving facilities and building new private multimodal terminals and distribution centers.

Certification and Education Requirements

In Mexico, in order to be eligible to be responsible for an infrastructure project or civil construction, a civil engineer is required to be certified by the School of Civil Engineers or by the specific school in the state where he practices. For positions in the pharmaceutical industry, a degree in chemical engineering or chemical pharmaceutics and biology is required, along with a high level of proficiency in English and two years of experience. In the manufacturing sector, a university degree is required for the following engineers: mechanical, electrical, electronic or industrial with knowledge in machinery, tools, layout and ISO. For the construction industry, a university degree in civil engineering or architecture is required.

Candidates in all areas with master’s degrees will have greater access to the higher executive level positions.

Organizations and Trade Associations

Cámara Nacional de la Industria de Transformación (CANACINTRA)
National Chamber of the Manufacturing Industry
CANACINTRA is the main umbrella organization that represents the manufacturing industry sectors in Mexico, and has more than 14,000 members. The organization has 80 delegations around the country. The chamber works to protect the interests of member firms and to enforce the rules of legal competition.

Cámara Nacional de la Industria de Transformación
Av. San Antonio No. 256
Col. Ampliación Nápoles
03849 México, DF
Tel: (52-55) 54-82-30-00
Fax: (52-55) 55-98-80-44
Email: scervantes@canacintra.org.mx, dcervantes@canacintra.org.mx

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

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