Workforce demographics among project engineering professionals - Crisis ahead?

Edd Gibson, Alison Davis-Blake, Kevin E. Dickson, Brian Mentel

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Abstract

The age and experience profile of project engineering professionals employed by both owners and contractors has recently become a concern due to downsizing, retirements, and lack of hiring during the 1990s, Data were gathered from U.S. Census panels and from 27 owner firms and 23 contractor firms within the Construction Industry Institute to investigate the extent of this issue. In particular, the study examined changes in industry staffing levels, projected industry staffing levels, the current age and experience profile of project engineering staffs, current and projected hiring practices, and retention levels. The results of the data analyses indicate that, while substantial downsizing occurred among project engineering professionals during the early 1990s, the era of downsizing appears to be at an end. However, the high proportion of engineering professionals nearing retirement suggests that the transfer of knowledge from more to less experienced employees is an area of critical importance for both owners and contractors. Data showing demographic breakdowns using these analyses will be given, conclusions drawn, and policy implications outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-182
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Management in Engineering
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Contractors
Construction industry
Industry
Personnel
Demographics
Downsizing
Owners
Engineering project
Workforce
Retirement
Hiring
Staffing
Employees
Census
Knowledge transfer
Staff
Breakdown
Proportion
Policy implications

Keywords

  • Contractors
  • Employment
  • Engineers
  • Information management
  • Owners
  • Project management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Workforce demographics among project engineering professionals - Crisis ahead? / Gibson, Edd; Davis-Blake, Alison; Dickson, Kevin E.; Mentel, Brian.

In: Journal of Management in Engineering, Vol. 19, No. 4, 10.2003, p. 173-182.

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Gibson, Edd ; Davis-Blake, Alison ; Dickson, Kevin E. ; Mentel, Brian. / Workforce demographics among project engineering professionals - Crisis ahead?. In: Journal of Management in Engineering. 2003 ; Vol. 19, No. 4. pp. 173-182.
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