The outsourcing checklist
Your guide to filling gaps in your engineering and operations teams., July 31, 2012
by Darryl Wernimont, director of marketing, POWER Engineers
POWER Engineers

Outsourcing engineering services is a growing trend in the food and beverage industries. At one time, large engineering departments capable of all facets of design, construction and operation of a plant were commonplace. Today, in-house engineering groups have been downsized. In many cases, retirements compounded the issue, leaving some companies without the in-house engineering capabilities they once depended upon.

As a result, food and beverage companies have recognized the opportunity to outsource and partner with multidiscipline engineering firms that can help them fill their gaps in engineering and operational experience. If this scenario sounds familiar, the following checklist may be of value when you evaluate engineering houses for outsourcing of engineering and facility services.

Capabilities and discipline skill sets

Industry experience

Scope of experience

Depth of experience

Geographic coverage capabilities

Plant safety, security and hygienic design

This story is sponsored by POWER Engineers, which has one of the most comprehensive teams of engineers and specialists serving the baking and snack industry. As an extension of its clients' engineering teams, the company provides program management, integrated solutions and full facility design for the baking and snack industry. Learn more at