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    Discussion in 'Jobs wanted' started by cyberking, Aug 4, 2009.

    1. cyberking

      cyberking Member

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      Are there any jobs in China for British mechanical designers? I would love to work over there. I think it;s the way forward, but I can't speak Chinese. Does that matter? It would be a great experiene.

      Does anyone know how to find a job in China???
       
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    3. Camid

      Camid Well-Known Member

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      Hi cyberking

      We have worked with suppliers in China for years and in fact recently took a Chinese designer on (although he trained at Loughborough uni). He was saying that there are a number of big consultancies in Beijing (where he is from) who are starting to look abroad for customers. Also the internal market for design is growing fast.

      I think it will be difficult to get work with no Chinese. Three options spring to mind -
      1. You may find a company in HK that will take you on - where English is more widely used.
      2. Many large internationals (Fluke, GE etc) have factories in the Shenzhen area so maybe you could get a posting out there with them.
      3. The large Chinese consultancies may be interested in having a English speaker to help with their overseas work. Email me on info@cambridge-industrialdesign.com if you need some names.

      The other area is manufacturing companies - many use mech engineers to manage projects for customers. I know a Swedish toolmaker in China that employs Swedish and Chinese engineers to solve design problems and run projects at the China factory. Due to the Cultural revolution there are not many highly experienced engineers (certainly over 40) so you could be highly sort after for you management and English skills.

      Leads-
      I did know someone at GE China - Ms Hong (Haiyang.Hong@ae.ge.com) but I am not sure she is still there.
      NXT have a design and development office in HK (Unit 251, InnoCentre, 72 Tat Chee Av. Kowloon Tong, HK)
      Design Innovation Ltd, Hong Kong (I think also in Kowloon)
      Maybe the http://www.hktdc.com/ can help

      Best of luck (I think it would certainly be an interesting experience)
      Email us if you need any more info.
      Alex
       
    4. wangyangzhong

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      Hi,

      This is Stephen from China,

      I have lived here more than 30 years and know everything you want to know,
      also, I was major in mechanicals and used to be a mechanical engineer for a couple of years.

      So,

      1. You don't need to worry about chinese language, I have meet several foreigners live and work very well
      who can't speak any chinese.
      however, I suggest you learn some basic chinese in UK
      2. For jobs, you can visit CRAIGSLIST or LINKEDIN to search,
      too much opportunties.
      if you need more help, please talk to me via skype: stephen_wang_china
       
    5. David_xu

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      Hello, Cyberking

      First, a lot of pleasure that you are interested in finding jobs in China. That must be great experience.
      Actually, I am a prototype supplier in SH and keeping in contact with a lot of foreign designers both in SH and aboard. Now I would like to give you some guides.
      1. I can give you some contacts of Design companies, such as IDEO design, Speck Design, Teams Design. As well there will be a designer gathering in Shanghai also. There you will surely find other foreign designer who might help you find design jobs. If you have any interest, contact me by skype: david_xu425.
      2. Maybe it is not a necessity to find jobs in Shanghai but work for yourself. Now the global recession is still ongoing and many a countries are looking ways to cost down. China is a huge market which can provide you great sources with good quality but low cost. One of my customer is doing business like that, finding projects aboard and proceeding the project in China. The customer is happy to find the cost is down while the products is of good quality. And you will also be happy for you can get a lot of profit from this business.

      I hope this will help you a little.

      All best wishes for the coming Christmas and the new year 2010!

      Regards
      David
       
    6. cyberking

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      Thanks guys for the advice. sorry haven't been around for a while . i hope to get back to some of you personally .... just need to think what to do.
       

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