Left, Paul Smith, branch manager for the San Diego regional office of Peak Technical Staffing USA and Josh Giardelli, the top salesman and recruiter for the branch, focus their efforts on placing contract engineering personnel largely because the skills employers require in this region are unique.

Left, Paul Smith, branch manager for the San Diego regional office of Peak Technical Staffing USA and Josh Giardelli, the top salesman and recruiter for the branch, focus their efforts on placing contract engineering personnel largely because the skills employers require in this region are unique. Photo by Stephen Whalen.

It sounds almost illogical: Engineers are in great demand, yet many working in the engineering-intense San Diego area are temps working on relatively short-term assignments...

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