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This article aims to discuss advantages of outsourcing engineering and how it helps businesses.

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Engineering functions play an important role in industries such as:

  • Aeronautics
  • Automotive
  • Public Structures
  • Chemicals
  • Defense
  • Electronics
  • Energy
  • Marines
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Telecommunications
  • and more

If you own a business and have an idea of developing a product, you need the help of manufacturers or engineers to launch the product.

However, before going ahead with product development, you should think of the cost of engineering, manufacturing and maintaining products first and review available resources before starting the engineering process. Companies mostly have limited available resources, raw materials, tools and experienced staff needed to launch the product. Also, there are revisions and product testing which, however minimal, can get costly.

No matter how large or small scale the project, businesses can cut down on costs associated with engineering and product development by outsourcing engineering functions. Outsourcing engineering services makes sense for companies that want to develop a product, test and then be able to market it faster.

Outsourcing engineering is the practice of assigning engineering functions to a third-party service provider. The scope of functions includes design, planning, product testing, tools and software, product launch, and maintenance thereof.

By working with a provider that offers outsourced Engineering services, companies can improve their speed to market, product lifecycles, and have continued process improvement.

Engineers are equipped with communication skills and have an eye for detail.They identify project goals, objectives, and constraints.

You can find outsourcing companies that offer specialized services such as Engineering. Before engaging with these providers, it’s important to understand the different types of engineering in order to determine which best suits your need.

When outsourcing engineering, you have access to a huge talent pool where you can find experienced outsourced staff – outsourced engineers have completed a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, along with necessary skills and experience.

Because of this, you can take on new engineering projects effectively.

There are different types of engineers for hire depending on what you prefer. Outsourced Engineers have educational experience in engineering related fields but with different specializations. While there are instances these functions overlap, there are significant differences from each field, making one unique from the other. Some of the commonly outsourced types of engineering are:

Mechanical Engineering:

Mechanical Engineering is a broad field of engineering which is focused in the design and manufacturing of components, machines, or systems.

Outsourcing mechanical engineering is hiring engineers with technical expertise design and create complex blueprints of machines, engines, and tools with accuracy.  Their product scope can range from building simple devices, complicated engines to facility machines or structural equipment.

Mechanical Engineers develop detail-leveled models, review drawings and models. They then install and assemble models, conduct testing, and provide troubleshooting when needed. They also recommend design changes and collaborate with other engineers, management, and the creative department to meet project goals and objectives.

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 Mechanical Engineers have technical expertise in applying their engineering drawings and using computer aided design software such as AutoCAD, Naviswork, BIM, and Revit software.

They coordinate with other members of the engineering team to ensure that all components of the model are up to date.

Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering is the study of engineering that deals with design, development of electrical equipment. Concepts that Electrical Engineers should be knowledgeable in are circuitry, analog and digital signals, thermal components and other related concepts.

Outsourced Electrical Engineers have experience in Construction Management, Electrical Engineering and have proficient knowledge of Autodesk production software (Revit, Navisworks, APL, BIM 360).

They work with construction operations teams to build electrical BIM models for construction projects and VDC modeling of electrical systems.

Outsourced Electrical Engineers also must have experience in creating drawings as well as electrical components and specifications in order to create shop drawing and coordinated layouts for total stations and create prefabrication models.

Software Engineering

Software Engineers provide development, identify key product features and can work with your in-house software development team and other software experts to set specifications for new software and design/build software based on product specifications.

Software Engineers demonstrate technical competency, delivering mission-critical infrastructure and ensuring the highest levels of availability, performance, and security.

By Outsourcing Software Engineering, businesses get to work with technical experts in innovative product development, enterprise management and related services.

They gain access to staff working remotely who have technical expertise in developing and launching a scalable, well-designed and agile product.

Software Engineers perform technical setup, system design, program configuration. Before they launch the product, they make sure to conduct a feasibility study and impact analysis, unit and integration testing to ensure the software adheres to client specifications. Software engineers also provide proper troubleshooting via quality assurance methodologies, and regular documentation, maintenance and monitoring of software.

Conclusion

Whether the engineer is under the civil, mechanical, or electrical type, they are responsible in communicating with architects, engineers, contractors, and other stakeholders to ensure all parties are on the same page based on the needs of the client.

Outsourced engineers provide you with technical expertise and make sure the project is aligned with compliance requirements and company goals through continuous monitoring and tracking of deliverables and on managing projects from the initial phase to implementation and ensures the project adheres to scope, resources and materials, budget, and timeline.

If you are a business owner planning to outsource engineering functions, make sure to look for outsourcing providers that have experience in mechanical engineering and a proven track record of properly delivering both large and small scale engineering projects.

Connext Global Solutions is an outsourcing company that helps manage a client’s team as if it was theirs and makes sure the performance matches or exceeds that of your local teams.

The company provides custom offshore staffing and engineering process solutions to improve the productivity, product lifecycle of your engineering projects. Outsource with Connext today.

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Jim Lucas. “What is Electrical Engineering?”. https://www.livescience.com/47571-electrical-engineering.html. Live Science. livescience.com. Published August 27, 2014.

Richard Quinnell. “Top 10 Skills Every Electrical Engineer Needs”.  https://www.electronicproducts.com/10-skills-every-electrical-engineer-needs-to-know/. Electronic Products. electronicproducts.com. Posted on August 10, 2017.

What types of jobs and employers are there in engineering? https://targetcareers.co.uk/career-sectors/engineering/12-what-types-of-jobs-and-employers-are-there-in-engineering. Target Careers. targetcareers.com.

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