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Feeling stretched to the limit? You’re not alone

March 10, 2015

A global study of 2,100 engineers and technical professionals has found that the pace of engineering is accelerating.
The report from IHS, entitled “The Pulse of Engineering: the Changing Work Environment for Engineers Today,” invited respondents to explain their biggest headaches.
What emerged was that engineers are feeling pressure at work like never before.
Slightly more than half (52%) of the respondents said the pace of engineering is accelerating, and 57% said they are asked to do more with less.
They agreed that designs are becoming more complex at the same time that design cycles are shrinking.
About seven in 10 respondents noted that constraints on resources, specialized knowledge, budgets and time were jeopardizing productivity, quality and innovation.
David Wagman, editorial director for IHS Engineering360, said: ” “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.”
Another finding from the research was that 90% of the respondents said designing and developing environmentally sustainable products was an important part of their work.
IHS is based in Colorado and provides insight, expertise and analytics to businesses and governments in more than 150 countries.
To download the report, click here.


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