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60 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I JUNE 2021 Introduction In this month's column, I examine the PCB engineering job outlook and evaluate the career moves we are making. Next, PCEA Chairman Stephen Chavez shares some important attri- butes for personal development that will keep our edges sharp. Finally, I provide a growing list of industry events for 2021. PCEA Updates e pandemic came upon us like a super- sonic jet—unseen and unheard as it passed over and through us. It compressed the atmo- sphere of our lives, our industry, and our jobs. As it appears to be moving on with the help of remote working, masking, social distancing, and vaccination, the industry is moving to pos- itively decompress. NPI programs are revving up once again and causing sonic shock waves of hiring activity and job movement. Were you one who was furloughed, laid off, or had your hours cut back due to the effects of the pan- demic? Boom! It's time to become an industry shock wave and clap back. Check out the PCB industry hiring pages. ere are pulses of hiring activity here in the Pacific Northwest—and most likely in your area as well. One PCB designer I know moved to a company that is staffing up for new proj- ects, which le a void in his company. I am happy to have recently been given the oppor- tunity to fill his position. But my movement le a void in the company I le, which is now trying to recruit another designer to fill PCB Engineering on the Move The Digital Layout by Kelly Dack, CIT, CID+, PCEA

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