What's new in the world of process engineering?
For the Quanta Life Sciences teams, process engineers are creating more business than ever before. When it comes to development and production within pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, they are the people who deal with everything from troubleshooting day to day issues in the production plant through to tackling a variety of different equipment, including bioreactors, ultrafiltration and chromatography skids.
Principal Consultant Tom Gorton reveals what’s new, and some of the developments to look out for in the world of process engineering:
What have been the biggest developments in process engineering over the past year?
Is process engineering still largely a candidate-driven market and what’s the effect of this?
The industry is currently experiencing a very large candidate shortage: process engineering is a requirement heavy marketplace with an increasing number of projects in development and in execution phase.
As a result, the shortage of candidates with the relevant skill sets in the market can present challenges when it comes to identifying the relevant workers who can get the job done to the high standards we would expect. When considering candidates in this area, more development needs to go into training and upskilling them, particularly at entry level, as well as increasing the longevity of project commitments.
What are the best and most interesting opportunities for process engineers that you’ve seen recently?
The best opportunities for candidates within this field are always new facility builds: this allows them to truly take ownership of the process, decide which processes should be transferred to the facility and witness everything coming together from the ground up. Core areas where organisations are investing in these types of projects include the Dublin and Cork regions in Ireland as well as Switzerland, Denmark, Germany and Austria.
Biotech and Pharmaceutical organisations are also increasingly taking an interest and investing in areas like Russia, Algeria, Iran, Brazil and South Korea, with a focus on facility construction programmes.
Do you have any predictions for how the market might change in the future?