Focus On: Engineering

Focus On Engineering

One of the main areas that JSG recruits for is Engineering. From Aerospace Engineers to Software Engineers to Structural Engineers and everything in between, we recruit them all for hundreds of companies throughout the US and Canada. The Engineering industry has experienced a 10.3% steady growth rate over the last 10 years and with new technologies emerging every day, it doesn’t look like hiring will slow down anytime soon! We asked a couple of our Engineering recruiting experts to share their thoughts on today’s market.

Jeff Paarlberg, Branch Manager – JSG Jacksonville

“Our region’s Engineering needs are in the energy/utility space, simply because that is what are clients specialize in. In that space specifically, we have seen heavy demand for positions directly related to utility infrastructure projects (transmission/substation/grid modernization). Most of these roles are common project needs with very specific industry experience, i.e. Project Managers, Schedulers, Estimators, EHS Specialist, etc. These needs are in various states, and many of these modernization projects are multi-year endeavors. So, not only does it provide stability in the marketplace for consultants, but it also provides continued hiring needs as the scope of projects progress from cradle to grave. We do not anticipate any slow down over the next 3 quarters of 2018. Demand for these project-specific skill sets continue to increase as grid modernization spreads across more remote locations where the local talent pool is not as deep.”

Jim Halvorson, Branch Manager – JSG Chicago

“In the greater Chicago land area, JSG provides engineering staffing services for primarily the corporate manufacturing, engineering services, and construction industries.  In 2018, JSG has seen a high demand for engineering talent in all 3 market segments. This goes for both contract and direct hire openings.  The most recent employment statistics released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for April only reinforces this hiring trend, since 3 out of the top 5 industries that experienced job growth include engineering, manufacturing and construction-related roles.  In the greater Chicago area, some of the more in-demand job openings that we recruit for include: Civil/Structural Engineers, Mechanical or Electrical Design Engineers, Machine Design, Controls Engineers and Project Engineers with specific construction/building systems backgrounds.  In the current economic environment, it is important for companies to be prepared to act quickly on engineering talent that meets their hiring criteria.  If not, there is a strong chance they will compete with multiple offers. This risks losing that candidate to another opportunity.  The high demand for engineers does not seem to be slowing down any time soon.”