Four Information Challenges for the Modern-Day Engineer

Research & Development | July 25, 2016

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The Internet, radio and television, advances in space and aeronautics ― the engineering achievements of the last century signal how fast this discipline moves (think about just the accomplishments since the 1960s). A recent report published by the National Academy of Engineering, “14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century,” shows that modern-day engineering covers all aspects of life ― from global health to environmental concerns to cyberspace.

In their day to day work, the modern-day engineer faces more challenges than they did decades ago. Increased competition, a surge of seasoned “baby boomer” colleagues retiring from the industry (and taking their knowledge along) and greater job complexity are just a few, not to mention some engineers doing more work with less support.

1. Increased Competition

The pace for engineers has certainly changed over the years, which is due in part to a huge boom of technological advancements. The world and consumers are moving at a faster pace and engineers must constantly evolve in their thinking and approach. Make sure engineers are equipped with up-to-date and cutting-edge industry information.

2. Brain Drain

Engineers have relied heavily on colleagues for information, but isn’t that just one piece of the puzzle? With the retirement of many “baby boomer” engineers happening now in droves, a gap in information is inevitable. Providing a comprehensive collection of premium information allows for the puzzle to come together quickly and cohesively.

3. Greater Job Complexity

Gone are the days of operating in a single silo. Engineers are expected to understand multiple industry ― related subjects outside of their discipline. Accessing information that covers various engineering topics and phases from research to planning is not just necessary, but vital.

4. Doing More (with Less)

Even years after the recession, companies are still feeling the aftermath. Keeping a conservative eye on staff numbers is prevalent no matter the industry and that means engineers are taking on more with potentially less support. Conversely, the industry has seen small numbers of available engineering graduates, and tack on the fact that hiring the right engineering candidate can take a long time. Robust information resources can play a vital role in helping an engineer stay on track and feel supported in their work.

With so many challenging variables to navigate, providing premium content and an engineering focused information tool allows for a constant that engineers can to turn to again and again. This is why we created Engineering Source™. Learn more about it below.

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