Engineers are seriously all over the world, living permanently on the road, going from project to project. This is one of the best ways to travel and work concurrently. Watch an interview about the lifestyle and work of the traveling engineer.
They travel the world and build it too. If you’re looking for a job that pays well and will send you to all corners of the planet, it’s engineering. Building is global: American companies are putting up massive works in China; Chinese firms are working in Angola; Swedish designers are in the United States . . . If you get into this fray you can rest assured that you will be lead around the world from project to project, ever going to where the work is. There are perhaps few better professional type jobs available if you want to live a life on the road.
I met a couple of wandering engineers in the Zhangjiajie part of Wuling park in the north of Hunan province. One was originally from Bangladesh, the other from Michigan. They work for a German company that specializes in building unique, gigantic, or otherwise non-standard types of elevators, and were in the active process of installing one on the side of towering cliff face. After talking with them for a moment it became clear that their work has taken them around the world: they set up for a project in one country, build an elevator over the course of a few months, and then move on to the next project somewhere else on the planet.
Interview with Salman and Ben about the lifestyle and work of a traveling engineer
In Zhangjiajie, Salman and Ben are working on the Bailong elevator project, which is known for being the highest outdoor elevator in the world.
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