[Posted on September 14th, 2015 by Bill Stewart]
There are a number of reasons for hiring outside consultants for a project or projects. It may be that you have a job that is larger than the scope of your in-house team’s ability to finish. There may be a need for an individual discipline or area of expertise that your group does not typically cover. It may be a matter of simple economics.
Sometimes it makes more sense from a business standpoint to hire engineers on an as-needed basis rather than keep them on staff full-time. Whether you need training in software for mooring analysis or other systems or hands-on capabilities, a consulting group can provide the necessary tools and manpower.
Intimate Knowledge of the Latest Technologies
The most common reason for hiring engineering consultants is because the consultant can bring a particular level of technical expertise to a project. If you are working with a new technology and want to avoid costly mistakes, it is a good idea to consider outside consultancy sources who are familiar with and used to implementing the technology. When you hire outside experts, you are engaging the services of a dedicated team of consultants who are highly accomplished in hands-on training and development.
Some firms may be reluctant to hire consultants because they prefer to expand their in-house capabilities. However, consider for a moment that hiring experienced consultants to train your employees in the use of new software can be one of the fastest ways to create in-house expertise. When a consultant can work with in-house staff to achieve a particular task or goal, there is significant knowledge transfer and software proficiency is increased.
An Experienced Team of Experts
Most firms have a dedicated and talented group of experts that make them proud, and rightfully so. That is why it often appears to make no sense to turn to an outside team of consulting engineers for specific projects or training. However, in today’s world, technical advancements are fast-paced, and companies need to be first-to-market to achieve a reputation of being the best at what they do. It is a common practice for businesses large, intermediate and small to be on the lookout for categorical expertise from dedicated consultants. If you need training on software, the implementation of software, hands-on problem solving, extra design help, or particular fields of study, going outside can be the best option to meet your objectives.
Consulting firms can provide experienced teams of experts in a variety of areas, such as mooring analysis on an as-needed basis. They can fill in manpower gaps or expand expertise in areas where your firm is not active. They can take on entire projects if your company is ultra-busy and free you up to retain clients or obtain new ones. Engineer consultants can impact the bottom line by bringing a project to fruition on time and under budget.
Knowledge of Best Practices
If you need an individual consultant to assist you with a project on an ad-hoc basis, or a full regiment of engineers to aid in a broad-scope critical project, you want the group or individual to have a proven record of success.
Hiring an international, multi-discipline engineering consultancy firm such as Stewart Technology Associates removes any guesswork. You can rest assured that you will have engaged the services of an experienced team of best-in-class personnel. Highly accomplished individuals who are experts in their respective fields from risk and financial assessments, to marine training simulators and emergency preparedness; people who have a proven work history and can demonstrate successful case studies. Our collaborative endeavors with our clientele provide conditions where everyone can focus on doing what they do best. This concerted effort leads to time and money savings.
It is a Cost-effective, Temporary Solution
When working with an external consulting firm, you have access to a group of experts in a variety of disciplines. They can implement training or work closely in collaboration with your internal team, during every phase of a project. This results in an a measurable uptick of productivity among your staff and a quicker resolution to the project at hand.
A consulting team can be brought on board project by project, as needed, without a permanent and ongoing outflow of cash.
Confidence in the Outcome
The use of outside consultants can bring about a very satisfying return on your investment. Typically, the sooner a problem is solved in the development process, the less cost to your company in the long run. In general, engineering assistance is far more cost effective than a last minute intervention in a crisis.
Utilizing outside sources can be essential to creating and maintaining a successful project. Your team can stay focused on day-to-day objectives while the consultants extend your capabilities. An engineering team with a demonstrable track record can meet your company’s needs and work collaboratively with your in-house staff to achieve your goals–on time, and on budget.