Engineering Services Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 8/14/2017
SIC Codes: 7389, 8711
NAICS Codes: 54133, 54134
Chapters Include:
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Business Challenges Financial Information Glossary & Acronyms
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Excerpt from Engineering Services Industry Profile

Companies in this industry apply engineering principles to design and develop structures, systems, and processes. Major companies include AECOM, Bechtel Group, and Jacobs Engineering (all based in the US), along with Abengoa (Spain), Amec Foster Wheeler (UK), Babcock International (UK), SNC-Lavalin Group (Canada), and WorleyParsons (Australia).

Construction spending, particularly in emerging markets, drives global demand for engineering services. Annual worldwide spending for engineering services reached $840 billion in 2016 and will exceed $1 trillion by 2021, according to Technavio.

The US engineering services industry includes about 63,000 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $230 billion.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Success in the engineering services industry requires efficient bidding and cost controls. Customers are more knowledgeable about costs and are breaking up projects into smaller elements -- potentially reducing efficiencies of scale -- and are expecting contractors to take on the bulk of cost risk, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. Reduced government and commercial spending on infrastructure and construction projects during times of economic or political discord can diminish bidding opportunities.

Small firms, which can effectively compete with larger ones by having expertise in a particular field or region, are often hired as consultants on larger projects if they have applicable expertise. Large firms are advantaged in designing and managing large projects, but may face challenges on smaller projects in fields where they lack specialization. Consolidation among smaller players is common ...

 
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