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Still powerful

Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. - NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY AUTHORITY

Facing resistance to his original $2.25 trillion infrastructure proposal, President Joe Biden appears to be closer to achieving a bipartisan compromise on a less-costly $1.2 trillion deal. While lopping nearly 50% off the total funding, the wide-ranging proposal still directs federal money to clean transportation and clean energy initiatives, in addition to lead pipe replacement and other cleanup efforts that a June 24 White House news release says will create more union and other jobs. If it passes, New Jersey could benefit, according to some insiders.

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Capacity limits

A new push to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure will likely boost the already high demand for engineering services — but a shortage of STEM-trained job candidates could crimp firms’ ability to handle the new projects. There’s a bright side, though: To fill the gap, companies are increasing their outreach to historically underrepresented groups.

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Infrastructure opportunities

If President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure proposal is passed in some form, T&M Associates and other engineering firms could see a lot more work like the firm's construction management and inspection services for the $13 million Grasselli Access Road Bridge in Linden coming their way — and the Northeast region as a whole will be better off, according to John Cimino, chief strategy officer at the national engineering and technical services consulting company.

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Seeing some green

Linden Landfill solar farm - GZA

The Biden administration has placed environmental technology — including solar, wind and other “green energy” solutions — front and center of the national conversation. Besides being good for the planet, this emphasis will likely mean more activity for engineering firms, according to local experts.

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New challenges

The Standard in New Brunswick- GILBANE CO.

Despite the havoc wrought by COVID-19, engineering firms and educational institutions around New Jersey are continuing to operate — carefully balancing social-distancing safety practices while getting the job done.

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Marching on

Students sitting at the laboratory desk and using a 3-D printer for prototyping

Remote collaboration and other pandemic-related obstacles haven’t stopped New Jersey engineering organizations – and institutes of higher education – from innovating, according to insiders. Instead, like any good engineer, they come up with a workaround.

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The road to advancement

On Nov. 22, more than 100 Lockheed Martin employees volunteered during the Women in Engineering Day event at the Rotary and Mission System’s facility in Moorestown. This year, the annual event brought together 150 female high school students from more than 20 South Jersey and Philadelphia region schools. Here, students participate in an “hour of coding,” during which time they work as a team to solve difficult mathematical problems. - ROBERT O’NEIL

Women and minorities seeking a good career may want to consider engineering. It’s a fairly lucrative profession, with a median annual wage of $81,440 in May 2019, and there was plenty of demand with job growth, at least pre-COVID, that was expected to be “about as fast as the average for all occupations,” according to the BLS. But there’s one wrinkle in that rosy outlook: These groups generally don’t seem to be getting a sizable share of the pie. Educational institutions and businesses in New Jersey, however, are trying to change that.

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