Hiring for Mechanical Engineers Gets a Power Boost

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Recruiters posted more than 9,000 online ads for Mechanical Engineers in February, growing 10% year-over-year, according to WANTED Analytics™.

During February, more than 9,000 job ads were placed online for Mechanical Engineers in the United States, according to WANTED Analytics™ (http://www.wantedanalytics.com), the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Hiring demand for Engineers to design and build engines, machines, and other equipment is approaching levels seen prior to the downturn in 2008. The volume of job ads increased 10% year-over-year growth from February 2011, 87% compared to 2010, and more than 65% versus 2009.

The most demanded skills required in Mechanical Engineering candidates are:

1. Microsoft Office
2. Autodesk Auto CAD
3. SolidWorks CAD
4. Microsoft PowerPoint
5. Microsoft Word
6. MathWorks Matlab
8. Engineering drawings
9. Stress analysis
10. Data acquisition

The most commonly advertised certifications for Mechanical Engineers include:

1. Structural Finite Element Analysis Engineer (FEA)
2. Certified Association Executive (CAE)
3. Engineer-in-Training
4. American National Standards (ANSI)
5. Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)

Mechanical Engineers are most demanded in the Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston metropolitan areas. The motor vehicle and parts manufacturing industries in Detroit increased their hiring demand by 56% compared to last year. Many of the mechanical engineering job ads in this area were for candidates that can further design and build electric and hybrid vehicle components. Despite growth in this sector, overall demand for Mechanical Engineers in Detroit declined about 9% compared to February 2011. Boston also saw the volume of job ads decrease about 22%. Employers in Houston increased their volume of job ads the most of these 5 cities, with 26% more ads than last year. Los Angeles and Chicago also saw growth in demand.

The talent pool of Mechanical Engineers remains limited and, as hiring demand continues, companies sourcing for these jobs are likely to find them difficult-to-fill. Despite seeing a decline in hiring demand, the Hiring Scale™ shows that Recruiters in Detroit are currently experiencing some of the most challenging conditions when recruiting candidates with these skills. Since hiring is out-pacing the local talent supply, employers in Detroit are likely to compete heavily to attract potential candidates and experience a longer time-to-fill than other areas across the United States. In fact, Recruiters in this location keep job ads online for an average of 6 weeks. In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows that the best markets for recruiting these skills are Las Vegas (Nevada), Ogden (Utah), and Huntsville (Alabama). Lower hiring demand in these areas, coupled with larger talent supply, means that Recruiters are likely to fill job openings in as few as 4 weeks, about 2 weeks faster than the national average.

The Hiring Scale measures conditions in local job markets by comparing hiring demand and labor supply. The Hiring Scale is part of the WANTED Analytics platform that offers business intelligence for the talent marketplace.

To see additional charts and detail, please visit http://www.wantedanalytics.com/insight.

The Hiring Scale is available at http://www.hiringscale.com.

About WANTED Analytics™

WANTED Analytics™ helps recruiting organizations make better decisions faster with real-time business intelligence on jobs, employers, and talent. Analytics brings together, for the first time, years of hiring demand and talent supply data to create a true talent intelligence platform for hard-to-fill positions.

Clients in the staffing, HR, RPO, media, and government sectors use WANTED Analytics™ to find sales leads, analyze employment trends, gather competitive intelligence, forecast economic conditions, and source hard-to-fill positions.

About WANTED Technologies Corporation

WANTED Technologies (TSX-V:WAN) provides real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Founded in 1999, the company’s headquarters are in Quebec City, Canada, and it maintains a US-based subsidiary with primary offices in New York City. WANTED began collecting detailed Hiring Demand data in June 2005, and currently maintains a database of more than 600 million unique job listings. For more information or to sample WANTED’s services, visit http://www.wantedanalytics.com.

WANTED is also the exclusive data provider for The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series®, the monthly economic indicator of Hiring Demand in the United States.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Any statement that appears prospective shall not be interpreted as such.


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