In the world of engineering, there's always hiring and market movements being made by companies and managers alike. In the latest roundup of engineering news, it's been found that one specific industry field can see heavy growth in the near future, while engineering optimism is holding steady and some areas of the country experience notable growth.
According to the Houston Chronicle, one of the strongest corners of the engineering field in the recent past has been in pipeline engineering, thanks to the recent energy boom and exploration attempts throughout the country. As one of the world's leading producers of natural gas, the country will soon need a new way for its customers to access energy. In the near future, to ensure increased demand for these resources is met and that new delivery methods to refineries and processing facilities are successful, pipeline engineers' skills will come even in handy more than ever.
The needs of the pipeline engineer can often range wildly. These systems will require a number of skilled workers with specializations in field technician work, data analysis, information technology prowess and mechanical services to help maintain their efficiency and productivity needs. When combined with a new demand for shale oil, the industry is completely changing, moving its efforts from easy-to-reach resources to more complex production developments.
With new demands in energy come new demands for improved talent, and pipeline engineers will be needed to improve and maintain current pipelines. Crude oil pipelines have as much as 40,000 miles lining a number of states, while there are another 278,000 miles of natural gas transmission lines worldwide.
Those in the job market are looking for employees with certain skills such as cross-country experience or willingness to travel for design projects. Entry-level positions are in high demand, while leadership is key for higher-end jobs.
Penn Energy added that of all engineering jobs in the market right now, environmental energy jobs are at the forefront. No matter what the specific engineering desires of the workers taking them over are, it has reportedly never been easier to find a job in environmental causes. Solar energy has seen a large increase, for instance - the news source says that solar positions have leapt 20 percent in just one year from the one previous, and 45 percent of solar companies plan to add new jobs in the coming year.
Hydroelectric power will also be on the rise for engineering positions. As many as 50 percent of current hydroelectric workers are expected to retire in the next five years, which will likely just provide new job opportunities for those with experience in the engineering world. With more than 60 gigawatts of green energy expected to join the grid soon, the industry is poised for further expansion.
There's more good news in the market when looking at specific high-tech working hubs across the United States. Crain's Detroit reported that the city has recently seen heavy engineering growth among other expansions.
According to the report, schools in metro Detroit have graduated more students in the fields of engineering than any other in the country. That means that with a worker base bigger than Silicon Valley, companies in the area will be able to build hotbeds of information knowledge that will likely only aim to improve its efforts. There was also nearly double the number of jobs in life sciences in the city from 2010 to 2011. More than 2,000 utility patents were issued in one recent year, while advanced automotives, which often has a large number of engineering jobs, expanded in size by thousands of jobs.