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Old 09-16-2009, 02:51 PM
 
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Default 12 Month J1 Visa (Civil Engineer)

Hello I am a recent graduate from Trinity College Dublin Ireland, I am currently waiting for my 12 month J1 visa to come through, if all goes to plan I hope to be in the states at the start of Oct and my visa will begin on the 1st of Nov.

This will give me approx. a month to look for a job and housing. At the moment I have focused my search on New York, Boston, Chicago (Irish connection), Austin, Dallas, and Houston. I am just looking for advice from anyone if I am looking in the right areas to find a civil engineering job or should I look in other cities.

I am open to any suggestions! I just want to live in a city.
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Old 09-16-2009, 05:53 PM
 
Location: 78731
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What type of civil?

Generally, the bigger the city the more opportunities, so you're looking in the right places.
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Old 09-17-2009, 05:59 AM
 
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Any thing really, my degree is in civil, structural and environmental engineering so will be able to work to work in either of those three. As I only have relatively little work experience (some intern work) I don't have a preference going into any sector.
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Old 09-17-2009, 11:09 AM
 
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You may want to check with the Texas Board of Professional Engineers to see if they recognize your degree from a foreign university (Texas Board of Professional Engineers Homepage).

It'll be hard to get a job if you aren't eventually able to sit for the P.E. exam because of your degree status.
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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The most likely worst outcome from the P.E. board is that they would make you wait a few extra years and get more experience before they let you take the exam.
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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My hubby is a civil engineer and work, with his firm in Austin, is at a dead stop. They have already cut over half their empoyees to try to stay afloat.
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Old 09-17-2009, 03:52 PM
 
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Hello I am a recent graduate from Trinity College Dublin Ireland, I am currently waiting for my 12 month J1 visa to come through, if all goes to plan I hope to be in the states at the start of Oct and my visa will begin on the 1st of Nov.

This will give me approx. a month to look for a job and housing. At the moment I have focused my search on New York, Boston, Chicago (Irish connection), Austin, Dallas, and Houston. I am just looking for advice from anyone if I am looking in the right areas to find a civil engineering job or should I look in other cities.

I am open to any suggestions! I just want to live in a city.
my suggestion: stay in Ireland. We've got an oversupply of civil engineers already.
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:28 PM
 
Location: 78731
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My hubby is a civil engineer and work, with his firm in Austin, is at a dead stop. They have already cut over half their empoyees to try to stay afloat.
Many engineering firms in Austin are site development oriented. Land development has come to a complete halt, and so many of those firms have lost huge portions of their revenue.

My recommendation to future new engineers is to find a consulting firm that has a good mix of private and public work or one that is mostly public. The bonuses and "flashiness" isn't as great on the public side when the economy is sky high, but you can bet your revenue will be much more consistent than from the private sector.

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my suggestion: stay in Ireland. We've got an oversupply of civil engineers already.
Ha. I wasn't surprised to hear the OP is from Ireland. Ireland's economic situation is worse than the US - much worse.

But like I said before, the larger the city the more opportunities. Austin isn't that big and with private development being nil, many local firms are hurting bad.
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