Career, salary survey 2022: Engineering concerns
Leading concerns were workforce and supply chain shortages from respondents to the 2022 Control Engineering Career and Salary Survey research.
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- Understand concerns including workforce, materials shortages.
Leading engineers career concerns were offered in a write-in question from respondents to the 2022 Control Engineering Career and Salary Survey research. Leading write-in concerns, organized into 10 categories, are workforce and supply chain/material shortages. Click here for the related 2022 article containing write-in career advice.
A sampling of major concerns include:
- Lack of skilled workers in engineering. We have multiple job openings that are going unfilled because of a lack of engineers. We often extend offers to prospective employees 1,000 miles or more away from their “home” office.
- Availability of parts – long lead time is going to have major impact on all projects.
- The rate of change of procedures: Not having in place ways of doing the job prior to retiring ways that work.
- My company cut too deep and is now paying the price with the inability to get equivalent skills in hiring.
Biggest automation, controls job concerns in next 12 months
To supplement the multiple-choice question about perceived threats to manufacturing, the write-in question asked, “Looking forward to the next 12 months, what is your biggest job-related concern?” Responses were grouped into 10 topical categories: “Workforce and workflow” and Materials and supply chain” were clear leaders among 130 replies, with 32 (25%) and 27 (21%) responses respectively (See table. Many responses listed more than one topic; these were placed in the first or main topic. Highlights are shown below, lightly edited for length and style.
Workforce, workflow concerns
Filling engineering department openings
Finding enough skilled workers to meet demand.
Finding people who can pass the security screening; Integrating automation
Keeping up with technology
Keeping up with the demand post-COVID
Need to double staff to handle work load
Not enough time to get required tasks completed; training new personnel.
Too much after-hours work
Lack of skilled workers in engineering. We have multiple job openings that are going unfilled because of a lack of engineers. We often extend offers to prospective employees 1,000 miles or more away from their “home” office.
Raw workload: Lack of acknowledgement of overworked employees is a major concern.
Talent acquisition, finding enough good, quality candidates
Materials, supply chain concerns
Ability to obtain raw materials at reasonable cost.
Availability of parts: long lead time is going to have major impact on all projects.
Better supply chain management
COVID impact on supply chain, staffing
Getting sufficient materials, replacement parts, integrated circuits to meet schedules
Getting the raw materials. Structural steel is becoming a huge issue for us.
Headcount reduction if we can’t maintain production due to limited raw materials.
If shipping delays continue, projects could delay, which can cause gaps in billable work.
Material shortages resulting in lower sales and commissions
Not being able to deliver to our customers on time due to component shortages
Obtaining parts that can be end of life or low on supply. A lot of the integrated circuits we use and other passive components have been out of stock so we’ve been looked at alternates and substitutions a lot more.
The global supply chain crisis is hitting our business extremely hard. The lead times on all of the components of our machines have increased dramatically. Similarly, the costs of all of machined and fabricated parts has skyrocketed.
Business and the economy get better
Currently, the economic and war impacts on deployment of 5G and streaming along with next generation of products.
Economic downturn negatively affecting the industry I’m in.
Economy slipping into recession
Economic crisis -> job security
Financial compensation and future market outlook
Unpredictable trend in global economy, developments of the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia-Ukraine War.
Company management concerns
An upcoming merger
Company direction, economy, part shortages.
Improved company leadership and strategy.
Lack of new capital for investment in new business opportunities
Management decisions on strategy of organization.
Poor quality board of directors and lack of strategic and financial vision
Success in marketing is the important challenge
The rate of change of procedures: Not having in place ways of doing the job prior to retiring ways that work.
While things have opened up as COVID cases have dropped, concerned with the industry reaction if the numbers go high again. (Knee-jerk reaction on capital and personnel). My company cut too deep and is now paying the price with the inability to get equivalent skills in hiring.
Company survivability. The global economy is a major concern, as is China’s ever-increasing growth. America is being decimated by the abject greed and stupidity that emanates from Washington D.C.
Federal government interference, supply chain interruption and the ability to get products on time.
Getting to key people, best met at face-to-face events, blocked by bureaucrats who fear public events that encourage free speech.
Inflation is eating me alive; salary has not moved since 2014.
Lack of support for oil and gas industry
World economy, innovation of products, efficiency in deliverables
Work-life balance, health concerns
Body holding up
Continue with current workload.
The amount of stress is always a concern.
Too much work; not enough resources. I do not want 2022 to be like 2021 when I had to put in 60 hours or more each week.
Uncertainties regarding pandemic situation
Working from home or in the office, or hybrid
Workload is more than our team can handle. We need to grow sales first before management will add people.
Career development concerns
Finding and developing my next opportunity
Forced to do additional responsibilities that have nothing to do with current skill set or abilities
No concerns. Plan to retire in July.
Not being faced with a challenging task
Project management skills
Project workload (too little)
Competition with upcoming focused start-ups and updating myself with technological developments!
Competition; lack of bids
Losing the U.S. dollar
Being recognized or being misunderstood to my detriment
Enhance my communications skills
Getting all coworkers to buy into a new philosophy of work ethic
Growth of the GREEN products and its acceptance.
Rising energy costs and how to mitigate them
Shift in energy focus and country politics
Mark T. Hoske is content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology, email@example.com. Amanda Pelliccione, director of research and awards programs for CFE Media and Technology, conducted the research and assembled the related report.
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