Searching for an Electrical Engineer
Last week we discussed “Building the Better Mouse Trap“. So let’s just say that you have a brilliant new product in mind. A solution that customers will love!
It’s now time to move forward with your exciting idea for developing a new product in electronics.
You know exactly how the product should work. This is going to completely disrupt the market.
You will be on Shark Tank soon pitching your new game changing product. You are going to make a fortune.
Yet, one problem though. You lack an electrical engineering background.
Therefore, if you are not an Electrical Engineer, it would certainly help tremendously to connect with a worthy candidate. Especially an electrical engineer that you trust.
Where do you turn if you do not know an electrical engineer? Who are you going to call?
Do you hire a large firm? They may have significant resources but you find them really expensive.
Or would you prefer to find a small firm or even an individual consultant? Limited resources but possibly less expensive and more flexible.
You need someone that is experienced. Excited about your product. Trustworthy. Relentless. Deeply committed to your success.
Let’s explore several options to consider in your quest to find a high quality electrical engineer.
We are blessed to work closely with Steve French, LED specialist and President of electrical engineering firm Volt Vision. Steve has a dynamic background particularly working with LED lighting solutions. It is a huge asset at Falconer Electronics having Steve as part of our team.
Steve is an expert in LED lighting and a fantastic musician as well. So his creative side combined with being an outstanding engineer makes a killer combination with LED lighting projects.
The Friends and Family Plan
Moving forward, if you do not have an existing relationship with an electrical engineer, start with your inner networking circle. Any friends, family, long lost relatives, college fraternity brothers or sorority sisters? Maybe someone from your soccer team 20 years ago? If not, let’s continue our search……..
Linking with an Electrical Engineer on LinkedIn
Hopefully, you have a LinkedIn account. This is a great place to find professional connections. Especially in a specialized field such as an Electrical Engineer.
Just type “Electrical Engineer” or “Electrical Design Engineer” into the LinkedIn search box. You can search by:
LinkedIn is a powerful resource. For example, nearly 200,00 LinkedIn members belong to the LinkedIn Group Mechanical Design Engineers. Over 38,000 LinkedIn members have joined the Electrical Engineers Group.
Other Social Media
If you find yourself still looking, jump on social media. Depending on the demographic or specialty that you are targeting, start with the platform that you are most active on:
Still no luck so far. You can turn to your trustworthy old friend, Google. If you just do a general search for “Electrical Engineer”, you are going to receive broad results. Having just conducted a search, it seems to be mainly job listings that turn up.
If you prefer someone local, type in your city in as well (Ex: Electrical Engineers in Boston).
Furthermore, you could type the specific type of engineer that you are searching. Ex: PCB engineer, energy systems, microelectronics, systems and controls, etc…
Local Business Networking Groups
Do you belong to a local business networking group?
Local Networking Groups (Ex: BNI)
Small Business Development Center – The Small Business Development Center is also an excellent resource that can help out with your search.
Online Professional Freelance Websites
Lastly, there are numerous professional matchmaking websites to consider. All of these sites below offer connections to a wide variety of electrical engineers:
Wrapping it Up
Well, we wish you MASSIVE SUCCESS with your exciting new product.
Thank you for taking the time to read our blog on searching for an Electrical Engineer. Also check out our continued blog series on Developing a New Product in Electronics.
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