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Forward planning key for engineering industry

UK businesses must forward plan their project teams if they want to achieve success in the engineering sector, according to Jonathan Lee Recruitment.


The comments come ahead of the Future Powertrain Conference being held in Solihull for scientists and engineers from around the country.


The two day UK conference aims to bring together industry and academic experts within the powertrain research and development to debate the solutions to the challenges faced by the engineering industry in the UK and internationally over the next ten years.


The conference will take place at the National Motorcycle Museum on 24th and 25th February and is being sponsored by Jonathan Lee Recruitment for the third year running.


Kevin Harris, lead consultant at Jonathan Lee Recruitment for the automotive sector, commented, “We have been recruiting into the automotive sector for more than 35 years and requirement for powertrain engineers is at an all-time high.  We are currently seeing increasing demand for both gasoline and diesel engineers covering specialisms such as emissions, after treatment systems, acoustics, simulation, power, performance and fuel economy.


“The reality is that the traditional skill sets of development and calibration engineers are becoming less relevant because of emergence of new technologies on the engines of today and tomorrow.


“Advances in engine technology, combined with the changeable appetite for diesels and increasing focus on accurate real-world driving emission tests, means that it is more important than ever for engine research and development companies to get it right.  However, the lack of long-term planning means many businesses in the UK risk losing out, simply by not having the right people in place.


“The diversity of roles makes it vitally important that companies don’t rely on standard job specs and traditional approaches, while the shortage of candidates also demands that companies have to be far more pro-active in their search for the right people. They can’t sit back and wait for candidates to come to them.”


Jonathan Lee Recruitment is sponsoring the Future Powertrain Conference for the third year running. It has been working with global vehicle manufacturers, 1st and 2nd tier suppliers and SME, R&D centres, design consultancies, test facilities, automotive supply chain and aftermarket businesses for more than three decades.


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