Outsourcing Engineering Work

Course Number: BS-2029
Credit: 2 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: George Petrescu, P.E., Ph.D.
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Overview

In Outsourcing Engineering Work, you'll learn ...

  • Which engineering activities are most frequently outsourced and when you should consider outsourcing
  • Steps required to define an outsourcing strategy
  • The cost analysis for outsourcing engineering activities
  • Features to look for in a contracting company when contemplating outsourcing engineering work
  • Critical items to address in the outsourcing contract and during the execution of the work

Overview

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Credit: 2 PDH

Length: 28 pages

This course offers a pragmatic approach to answering the questions faced by engineering companies when contemplating outsourcing engineering work. The considerations have immediate applicability in the real world and are equally beneficial to the contractor companies and freelancers that are offering their services to the engineering project market.

The course presents a list of engineering activities and situations that are good candidates for outsourcing, along with situations when engineering outsourcing is discouraged. The typical advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing engineering work are shown, along with particular considerations related to various contractor parties (offshore companies, freelancers, universities and other learning centers). A common outsourcing process is introduced, together with a detailed explanation of each step in that process and strategy considerations.

A typical cost analysis with associated particularities is presented, as well as contractual considerations and beneficial attributes displayed by various engineering contractor parties. In the end, several outsourcing theories are presented, in an attempt to allow the reader to further explore the subject if needed.

This course will help engineers, project managers, engineering managers and lead engineers who are contemplating outsourcing engineering work. It will also benefit engineering freelancers, contractor engineering companies and engineering project managers that are looking to expand their customer base by offering engineering work. They will gain a deeper understanding of the functions of their potential customers, appreciate their thinking and as a result become able to develop ways to better answer their needs.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Which engineering activities are good candidates for outsourcing
  • Which engineering activities should not be outsourced
  • Situations when the engineering department should consider outsourcing and when outsourcing should be avoided
  • The typical outsourcing process and the associated strategy
  • The particularities of various contractor parties (freelancers, other businesses, learning centers, etc.) and how to select the best candidate for outsourcing
  • The financial aspects of the decision to outsource, and what factors are typically considered in an outsourcing economic analysis
  • The particularities of the contracts associated with outsourcing engineering work
  • Good practices that should be followed during outsourcing of engineering work, and after the work is completed
  • Several governing theories that were developed to understand the outsourcing process

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 10 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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