Engineering process outsourcing (EPO) has become the latest buzzword of the outsourcing industry. This is due to the large scale shortage of engineers in both Europe and America. Civil engineering firms, in particular, have been facing a crunch of skilled human resource for a long time. Battered by the shortage of manpower, these civil engineering firms across Europe and America are looking towards India to fulfill their needs. The pressures of the recent economic slowdown have also added vigor to the need of outsourcing civil engineering projects to India. Besides this, the booming construction industry of India is also creating more and more demand of civil engineers. |
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2004 the US economy employed 218,220 civil engineers and 90,000 civil engineering technicians. Given the dependence of the US economy on construction projects, these figures are bound to rise. As the US is battling with a severe shortage of civil engineers, hence more and more civil engineering projects will be outsourced. India, being a trusted outsourcing destination, will attract a large chunk of these projects. Therefore, the demand of Indian civil engineers is on the rise. This is evident from the fact that the US construction giant, Bechtel Group already has a team of more than 800 professionals working out of India.
Even European civil engineering firms are not far behind in outsourcing their projects to India. This is because these firms are facing the same pressures of economic slowdown and manpower deficit. A British civil engineering firm, Mott McDonald, for example already has a team of around 900 professionals working out of Mumbai, the financial capital of India. These trends indicate the kind of demand that is being generated for Indian civil engineers.
Outsourcing is no long a prerogative of only big conglomerates; individual business owners and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are equally keen to have their own share of the outsourcing pie. Besides this, the Indian outsourcing industry is competent enough to provide civil engineering solutions according to the individual needs of SMEs. Therefore, a lot of small civil engineering projects are going to find their way to Indian shores in the near future. These projects could be paper to CAD conversion, construction design, construction cost estimation and architectural CAD drafting etc. This means that the demand for Indian civil engineering professionals will increase with the time.
The good news is that India is comfortably poised to fulfill the huge demand of civil engineers in the outsourcing industry. The world renowned IITs produce engineering talent which is at par with the best in the world. There are more than 3000 public and privately held engineering colleges in India. These colleges produce more than 75,000 engineering graduates every year and a considerable chunk of these graduates is of civil engineers. Besides this, the already existing talent pool of civil engineers is experienced enough to take up any outsourced project. Therefore, India can meet the high demand of civil engineers in the outsourcing industry and can emerge as a leader in providing high end civil engineering solutions.
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