Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Engineering Outsourcing.

  1. Mar 28, 2010 #1
    I've been researching Outsourcing recently, focused towards Engineering specifically, and so I wanted to ask what you guys thought about it! Any ideas, opinions, or knowledge that you have about outsourcing or engineering companies that have outsourced would be most welcome. Thanks!
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 28, 2010 #2


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member

    I've noticed a sharp rise in companies that provide engineering and design services based overseas. They often have a partner in the US, either official or unofficial, that acts as a 'reception desk' for them. The US company takes the order and sends the work out. I suspect the same thing happens in European countries.

    I've also noticed a lot of US companies going overseas and outsourcing all sorts of work such as engineering and IT support. If it can be done cheaper over there, the upper management of US companies often feel they have to send work out to remain competitive. There don't seem to be any laws that restrict it.

    Personally, I think we should outsource our CEO's. Bet we could get a whole team of folks from India or China for the price of a single CEO in America.
  4. Mar 29, 2010 #3
    along with about half of the middle managers directly below the CEO

  5. Mar 29, 2010 #4


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    We typically outsource engineering work that we either don't have the manpower for or we don't have the tools for (i.e. specialized software for unique problems).

Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook