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Engineering Design Outsourcing

Tips for Choosing an Outsourced Engineering Design Services Company

Whether you own a construction or interior design firm that has to produce high-quality plans constantly or only needs occasional engineering design services, by identifying the right company, you can build a bridge between great ideas and the plans needed to make them realities. But how do you determine the best engineering design company for your needs? Here are some tips to help you separate the wheat from the chaff.

You Should Have Flexible Control Over What They Do

The ability to control what your design services company does can be key, especially because the level of control you need from one project to the next can vary greatly. For example, in some situations, you may know precisely what you want, but you just need a few ideas to make the space more efficient or aesthetically pleasing. The ability to scale down the amount of work your engineering firm does can save both time and money while preserving your vision.

The Firm Should Have Experienced Engineers on Staff

Nothing can replace experience, and this is especially true when it comes to engineering design services, mainly because with experience comes problem-solving ability. An experienced engineer has had hundreds, if not thousands, of brain-busting challenges thrown at them. So, in addition to an impressive portfolio, an experienced engineer also brings considerable troubleshooting and creative thinking skills to the table.

Your Engineering Solution Should Fit Your Budget

Yes, an engineering design services company can save you money when it comes to labor, but that’s only the beginning. By having in-house engineers, you have to handle not just their salaries but also the cost of benefits, computers and peripherals, office space and materials, stationary, and other auxiliary items.

And for some companies, the expenses related to recruiting, hiring, training, and continued education can also pile up to the point where they begin to test your budget. But by going with outsourced engineering design services, you can forgo these expenses.

They Should Keep In Line with ISO Standards

ISO standards help ensure that things that are designed and built meet a consistent level of quality. In addition, by adhering to ISO standards, you gain the trust of customers all over the world. So it’s best to ask an engineering firm you’re considering whether they abide by ISO standards. You should also feel comfortable asking them to elaborate on how they ensure that what they produce is ISO-compliant.


When data theft and other kinds of breaches are becoming increasingly common, the last thing you need is an internal slipup that compromises confidentiality. Therefore, you should carefully examine the data security standards that an engineering design firm uses. These may include:

  • Data encryption any time documents or other files are sent between team members
  • The use of VPNs for people that have to access the companies network wild outside of the office
  • Adherence to general cyber hygiene principles, such as those espoused by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA )

In addition, as is the case in many business interactions, you should always have a non-disclosure agreement in place. It’s a good idea not just to shoot it over but spend a couple of minutes discussing some of its more important points and how they relate to your company’s confidentiality standards.

They Should Be Able to Meet Development Timetables

As is always the case in business, time is of the essence, so for you to meet your scheduling obligations, your engineering design firm has to be punctual. Unfortunately, sometimes, even a very good phone may have trouble meeting deadlines, especially because they end up excepting more work than they can handle. So as you interview the firm you are considering hiring, it’s best to specifically inquire about their time management procedures and what they do when it looks like they may miss a deadline.

With outsourced engineering design services with PABS, you can exercise control over the process as you see fit, and you get experienced, ISO-compliant professionals who get the job done on time and within budget. Whether you need structural drawings, product design schematics, or anything in-between, PABS has you covered. Learn more by connecting with PABS today.

By John Bugh

John Bugh is Chief Revenue Officer for Pacific Accounting and Business Services (PABS), responsible for the strategic direction, planning, vision, growth, and performance of the company’s marketing, branding, and revenue streams.

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