Here are a few indicators to guide your decision-making process
- Experience is required other than what you and your staff have. Engineering consultants are usually more detail oriented and have a greater focus on aspects of the project that may seem minute. Really question if your impending project can be handled with your experience and knowledge or if it would be helpful to bring in a fresh or more experienced professional. Figuring this out at the beginning of the project will save you time and most likely money as well.
- You need some fresh ideas and creative insight from a new source. A consultant who knows even a little about the way your company operates and accomplishes projects can boost creativity. Even if your company does this type of work on a day-to-day basis, some new perspective can be very beneficial.
- A speedy turnaround is needed and you’re running out of time. You and your team may be completely qualified to complete a project, however, there is an approaching deadline or there is too heavy of a workload on your team. Bringing in outside help in a situation like this is perfect for an engineering consultant because they are routinely hired to compensate for overscheduling or help meet impending deadlines.