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Questions to Ask Engineering Consultants

Mar 8, 2018 12:37:00 PM / by Bill Currence

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Engaging an engineering consulting firm can help your business troubleshoot issues, complete specific projects, and add targeted expert resources. Engineering consultants bring the expertise you need to your team for the amount of time you need it—within your budget and on your terms. If you’re planning to bring in an engineering consultant, compile a list of questions to ask each candidate so you can find the one that best fits your needs.

 

What Do Engineering Consultants Do?

An engineering consultant provides independent expertise in engineering, science, or other technological specialties to governments, industries, developers, and construction firms. An engineering consulting team often consists of some consultants who specialize in niche scientific or technical roles and others who act in more managerial roles to coordinate the efforts and activities of project team members in a wide range of disciplines and specialties. An engineering consulting team can supplement your resources with specialized knowledge on an as-needed basis.

 

What Do You Need from an Engineering Consulting Firm?

A successful relationship with an engineering consultant depends on making sure you find the right consultant for your company’s needs. The first step in this process is to identify exactly what those needs are. Before you begin searching for and interviewing consultants, set out your goals, the special skills or knowledge you need for your project, your anticipated time frame, and your consulting budget. Then start reaching out to colleagues, professional organizations, or other trusted resources for referrals and recommendations.

 

What Questions Should You Ask a Potential Engineering Consultant?

Once you identify your organization’s needs and find some potential candidates, arrange in-person interviews. It’s beneficial for at least some of the team members who will be working with the consultants to participate in the interview process to evaluate how well they communicate. During the interview process, ask each potential candidate some basic questions, including

  • Has your firm successfully worked on similar projects?
  • What kind of engineering training and education and how many years of experience does your team have?
  • How flexible is your work process?
  • Can you accommodate changes in scope?
  • Who is my point of contact?
  • What steps do you take to ensure quality control?
  • Can you provide examples of past clients you’ve worked with?

Partnering with the right engineering consulting firm can help your organization add resources to enhance your own team’s productivity and success, improve product quality, and promote innovation and efficiency.  

Cornerstone Consulting Organization’s engineering consultants have a wide variety of areas of expertise, previous experience, and technical specialties, including aerospace, automotive, defense contracting, food manufacturing, healthcare, heavy equipment, and retail. We strive to provide our clients with the best engineering consulting services in Huron and the best ROI for each project. Contact us today to learn whether our expert engineering consulting team is right for your next project.

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Written by Bill Currence