Are you always making a project plan for your engineering projects, no matter how small? If so, you're helping to make yourself more attractive to civil engineering recruitment programs, private businesses, and anyone else in need of an engineer. Creating solid project plans helps demonstrate your competency to them, as well as bringing a wide range of benefits to your own career.
These are just a few of the benefits that you'll see, once you make project plans a part of every project you work on.
Five Major Reasons to Always Create A Project Plan
3D printing is disrupting many markets, but one might not -at first- think of transportation engineering as being boosted by 3D printing. After all, you can't 3D print a train... can you? Well, you can't 3D print an entire train, but the convergence between 3D printing technologies and new techniques for working with carbon fiber are opening entirely new ways to create train components! We've recently been following a fascinating initiative in Europe, called Run2Rail, which is all about utilizing cutting-edge technology to improve rail service across the EU. With partners in 15 countries, it's a truly continental project - and one with the potential to greatly advance the state-of-the-art in railways.
What Run2Rail Could Do for Transportation Engineering
The world has more need of engineers and other geospatial specialists than ever before, but that doesn't mean getting a job as an engineer is easy. Civil engineering recruitment firms see plenty of people who have the skills and the talent but find they just can't quite manage to seal the deal when applying for jobs.
Based on our years of experience in civil engineering recruitment and extensive industry contacts, we can offer some tips on how to land those job offers you want.
Four Specialists' Tips on Landing the Engineering Jobs You Want
According to P&S market research, the global GIS job market is set to grow from around $9 billion (2016) to $17 billion by 2023. Public sector and geospatial work are expected to make up the bulk of this growth. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the fields of cartography and photogrammetry specifically will continue to boom with a growth rate of about 19%.
Other applications that will continue to be in-demand in a range of government and business settings include ARC GIS and AutoCAD, surveying, land assessment, environmental assessment work, urban planning, and visualization.
With such a high demand for GIS specialists, department managers, hiring managers, HR departments, and leaders in other Geography-related, engineering and tech fields may continue to struggle in their search for qualified, competent staff. With much of this work being project-based, employers and job seekers can expect to see many of these positions advertised as contract work.
If you are a GIS specialist who is on the fence about hiring or being a contract worker, you’ll want to consider the following.
A popular annual hiring forecast has surfaced and shows interesting predictions for 2018. The national study shows that 44% of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in 2018 and 51% will hire temporary employees.
They have also found that 45% of managers currently have jobs they cannot fill because they can’t find qualified talent. Additionally, a staggering 40% of workers are planning to change jobs in 2018.
Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder explains it by saying "More job creation, higher voluntary employee turnover and intensified competition for talent will be the main themes surrounding employment in 2018. There is a perfect storm happening in the U.S. labor market. Low unemployment paired with lagging labor force participation and a growing skills gap is making it very difficult for businesses to find qualified candidates – and this is for all types of roles. If employers want to remain competitive, they are going to have to look to new talent pools and significantly increase their investment in training workers to build up the skills they require."