• Tech-Clarity’s BOM Management Buyer’s Guide - Boost Performance with Digital BOMs provides criteria for manufacturers to evaluate software solutions to support their Bill of Material and product structure data and processes. Tech-Clarity’s Buyer’s Guides go beyond software functionality to provide a framework of requirements that impact implementation success and long-term ROI, including:Software requirements Implementation Integration User adoption Support Vendor characteristics / attributes Industry or unique business needsPlease enjoy the summary below, or click the report to … [ read more ]

    BOM Management Buyer’s Guide
  • This episode of Tech-Clarity TV explains how digital food and beverage companies improve agility, innovation, and productivity through better connectivity between R&D and the plant, streamlined production operations, and analytics.This video is part of a series of videos showing how digitalization can help food and beverage companies compete with innovative, digital industry competitors that are disrupting the status quo.The video series is sponsored by Siemens, a leader in digitalization for the food and beverage industry. For more information, see Tech-Clarity's series of guest posts on how … [ read more ]

    Producing Food and Beverages in the Digital Age (video)
  • How do chemical companies apply digital to the chem lab? Digitalization is streamlining the way companies innovate and bring products to market. Tech-Clarity's Jim Brown will share findings from his research on how chemical companies leverage the digital enterprise to improve efficiency and reduce cost while dealing with mounting regulatory and sustainability pressure.Register for the December 13 webcast (free of charge, registration required). Sponsored by Dassault Systemes BIOVIA. … [ read more ]

    Digitalizing the Chemical Lab (webcast)
  • This Tech-Clarity TV animation explains how companies can combat industry disruption from new, innovative companies and business models in the food and beverage industry by adopting the digital enterprise. It's no secret that companies like Amazon, Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and more are changing the way consumers and consumer packaged goods companies relate. This video shares how companies can become more innovative and agile to compete with these challengers through the value of digitalization, and provides an example of what a digital food and beverage company looks … [ read more ]

    Digitalization in the Food and Beverage Industry (Animation)
  • Join Tech-Clarity's Jim Brown in a lively discussion with Planview NPD Evangelist Carrie Nauyalis discussing how to effectively measure product innovation. The duo will discuss the pitfalls of measuring innovation based on prior performance, the top five measures companies can use to measure innovation capability, and what's needed to get started measuring innovation to improve outcomes.Register for the November 30th webcast now, sponsored by Planview (free of charge, registration required).  … [ read more ]

    Top 5 Metrics to Stop Measuring Innovation in the Rearview Mirror (webcast)

Engineering Skills GapClose the Engineering Skills Gap (survey findings)


Engineering Skills Gap
Close the Engineering Skills Gap:Prepare New Graduates to Be Real-World Ready shares new research on the gap between the skills graduating engineers have and skills companies would like to see. The research examines the evolving needs of the engineering department. The results reveal that engineering departments expect to grow so we will need more engineers. On top of that, the required skills will also expand. Complicating the situation, as the most experienced engineers approach retirement age, companies must figure out how to replace that knowledge. This makes the skills of new engineers especially critical. The study identifies these needed skills. It also reveals the types of program that give new graduates the experience hiring managers want to see.

Please enjoy the summary below, or click the report to download a PDF overview (free of charge, no registration required) thanks to our sponsor Siemens PLM.

For more information, please visit the Siemens PLM Community blog to read Engineering our way out of the skills gap.

Executive Overview

As globalization trends make it that much harder to stand out in today’s competitive environment, companies must rely even more on innovation to engineer winning products that will stand out, capture market share, and secure future revenue streams. Unfortunately, shortages in engineering talent with the right skills make this a challenge. A majority of companies (69%) project their engineering department will need to grow over the next five to ten years. Complicating this further, many of the engineers in the largest segment of the engineering workforce, those with over 20 years of experience, will approach retirement soon. As they leave the workforce, it will put even more pressure on hiring strategies to recruit new engineers.

Tech-Clarity research finds that an overwhelming 80% of companies indicate that hiring the right engineers will be either highly or very critical to the future success of their business. Underscoring why it is so critical, 98% of companies report there will be a negative business impact if they can not find and hire the right engineers. These impacts range from loss of competitiveness, poor innovation, higher costs, to lost revenue. Unfortunately, the top challenge of managing the engineering workforce is finding engineering staff with the right skills. Part of the problem is due to the gap between the skills new engineering graduates have and what industry needs. This situation creates a sense of urgency to improve how engineers are prepared during their schooling so that we can close the skills gap.

To identify these gaps, Tech-Clarity conducted a global survey of 201 companies. Respondents represented companies of different sizes, across a wide variety of industries, and multiple geographic regions.

The results show that manufacturers have a clear preference for how to prepare engineering students for the real-world. They favor students with in-depth project experience involving multiple roles, complete lifecycle stages, and simulate a corporate environment. Schools that incorporate this type of experience into their engineering curriculum will have an advantage as there should be more demand for their graduates in the workforce.

Industry would like to see new graduates better prepared to use several skills. Engineering software is very prevalent on this list. This is largely because most companies (75%) want students to be able to apply the technology to solve problems, not just know the “picks and clicks” of the software.

The research also finds that industry needs to be more involved in academia to close the skills gap. Interestingly, companies report they are not as engaged as they expect others to be. To close the skills gap, engineering companies should at least double their current involvement with academia.

This report identifies the top skills that create the engineering skills gap. The report further explores the types of academic programs and experiences that provide students with the right skills they need to be successful in industry.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Overview
  • State of the Engineering Department
  • Impact of the Engineering Shortage
  • Identifying the Top Performers
  • Look for the Right Engineering Skills
  • Consider Programs that Offer Real World Experience
  • Develop a Good Hiring Strategy
  • Get Involved in the Engineering Curriculum
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations
  • About the Author
  • About the Research
  • Copyright Notice


Based on industry experience and research for this report, Tech-Clarity offers the following recommendations:

  • Invest in your engineering staff to support growth and ensure you can recover from the loss of experienced staff to retirement
  • Ensure you have the right mix of engineering talent to support the development of products that involve multiple engineering disciplines
  • Hire from engineering programs that go beyond just learning theory and software menu picks, but provide opportunities to apply technology to solve problems
  • Work with engineering schools to help them develop the curriculum that will develop the skills you would like to see in new hires
  • Look at programs that offer students the opportunities to work on team-based projects, similar to the type of work they will do when employed
  • Get involved in engineering programs to ensure enough industry exposure during schooling and develop an exceptional pool of talent to hire from


  1. Problem solving skills begin at birth, but for this conversation I’d say the act of developing those skills would begin in High School. Thereafter, one would choose his preference amongst the Engineering curriculums available and possibly add a graduate degree afterwards. But the angle I’m pursueing here is that once the higher education trek begins, it does so along subject matters that are tapered and unique to ones discipline of choice. Be it Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, etc. Obviously, within each particular discipline there is an array of periphial support courses wherein one would capture and retain the lessons therein to compliment the major. But it is my feeling that Universities alone could not provide the know how or skills mentioned and required in the real world work place. It would take industry, local to ones particular geographic area, to engage the Universities and spearhead a program that facilitates the mentoring and grooming of students to the particular work scope for an industry or manufacturer. at Minimum, business could “show the cards” of their sect of business and the engineering requirements, where in the early part of the program interested students can take it to phase II, per-se, pairing off with that specific company or program of that industry, wherein the student participates in that forum or lesson plan. this roster of students could be made available to industry, thus increasing ones chance of post-study employment. If only for the sole reason that the program was based on…that being developing “……students with in-depth project experience involving multiple roles, complete lifecycle stages, and simulate a corporate environment…..”
    in closing, “.. Schools that incorporate this type of experience into their engineering curriculum will have an advantage as there should be more demand for their graduates in the workforce…..”

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