Research Report The Changing Work Environment for Engineers Today
In a recent online survey HIS asked engineers and technical professionals in the industrial sector about the pace of engineering, available resources, knowledge management practices, performance measurements and more.
East Greenbush,NY/USA – What are the biggest headaches for today’s engineers around the world? According to a the global study by business information provider IHS, the pressure to work faster, the threat caused by institutional knowledge drain and challenges posed by environmental regulations are among the chief concerns.
“The research offered an opportunity to validate what many people already think is true about the profession, and to uncover information about market dynamics and industry trends that otherwise might not be apparent,” said David Wagman, editorial director for IHS Engineering360.
More than 2100 engineers and technical professionals responded to the recent IHS survey, the results of which appear in a report called “The pulse of engineering: the changing work environment for engineers today”. The online survey asked engineers and technical professionals in the industrial sector about the pace of engineering, available resources, knowledge management practices, performance measurements and more.
The Survey Respondents
Of the 2,162 survey respondents:
• Thirty-four percent work at companies that employ 10 or fewer engineers; 22 percent work for companies with more than 500 engineers.
• Sixteen percent work in engineering/tech design services; 10 percent in aerospace and defense; eight percent in utilities/energy; seven percent in automotive and seven percent in oil and gas.
• Thirty percent are design engineers; 13 percent are in engineering/consulting; 13 percent are process/production engineers.
• Thirty-two percent of the respondents are team leaders/supervisors and 25 percent are managers/senior managers.
• Thirty-six percent have been in the engineering field for 30 or more years; 27 percent for 20-29 years and 21 percent for 10-19 years.