Goddamn, that's true everywhere. There are people that have been doing it for 20 years that can rise to the challenge, but they are few and far between and the more businesses beat them down and try to cut costs, the less they are inclined to do so.
I had a senior stress engineer who was supposed to buy off on one of my projects, it required a simple kinematic analysis. He threw his hands up and claimed he couldn't figure it out. I figured it out for him, it wasn't anymore difficult than was taught in any mechanical engineering program. He claimed he didn't understand what I had done. I asked one of our interns to solve the problem and he quickly replicated what I had come up with.