The allure of a full-time, consistent engineering job is compelling. Signing on with a company that believes in what you believe in and that has made a spot for you sounds sublime, right? In that case, why would anyone want to take a contract engineering position?

In actuality, there are several reasons that a job-seeking engineer would be wise to consider a contract position. Early-career engineering hopefuls may view a contract position as their opportunity to get paid while proving themselves. More seasoned engineers can see contract work as a form of consulting – an opportunity to take on only the jobs or projects that suit their career goals and to work only with the companies with which they match.

Let’s highlight three key opportunities that contract engineers can expect to enjoy:

Opportunity 1: Making Sure

Consider this: Every time a company interviews you, you’re interviewing the company as well. You want to determine the best fit for yourself and your career. Not often do people get to test-drive a job without having to accept a position only to quit later on. In the case of a contract engineering position, you would be given this unique opportunity to feel out the company, your team, and the role itself. If you don’t love it, your contract very likely has an end-date and you can make money while you look for something else. If you do love it, it will show to your supervisors, and you can try to lock in a permanent position later on.

Opportunity 2: Making Choices

The grass isn’t always greener. With a permanent, full-time engineering job comes consistency and also the expectation of a major commitment on your part. If you’re ready to sign on with a company you respect and a role you’re sure was made for you, a permanent position is the way to go. However, if you would like to keep your options open, do some consulting work, or apply for other jobs and see where things land, the flexibility is yours within the confines of a contract.

Opportunity 3: Making Connections

Many engineering hopefuls take on contracts with the idea that they will probably be hired on permanently at the end of the contract. Unfortunately, some companies aren’t in a position to create a permanent spot for contractors or to move them into a vacant role. The good news is this: Even if you don’t end up working for the contracting company or plant in the future, you have made valuable connections. You now know more people in the industry who can vouch for your talents and connect you with like-minded industry leaders. You are closer to your next gig no matter what and in that case, contracting is a win-win.

In your search for the perfect engineering job, do not discount a contract position. You may find that it provides the flexibility, the connections, and the experience you need to find your dream job. For help finding a permanent or contract engineering job, connect with RHM Technical, a RodgersHouder Company today!


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