What are the essential tools that all engineers need? For most of the modern era, the answer would likely have included a pencil, a good hammer, pliers, several screwdrivers, a flashlight, a level, a slide rule, protective eyewear, and of course the ubiquitous roll of duct tape and a container of WD-40. But what about today? In the digital age, that list of essential engineering tools has grown exponentially. Besides the basic conventional physical toolbox and engineering computational pad, it would surely also include:
- CAD drawing tools
- Construction software
- Graphing calculator
- Field-worthy laptop, such as a ThinkPad
- 3D printer
The list of engineering-related software alone is dauntingly long, ranging from Abaqus and ChemDraw to Mathematica and Tecplot.
Further complicating the needs assessment, the answer would depend on the type of engineering field to be considered. The IT needs of a mechanical or civil engineer are bound to be different from those of an electrical, chemical, or industrial engineer. And the subfields in each of those categories complicate the answer even further. It’s difficult to imagine what an acoustical engineer could possibly have in common with someone working in the field of aeronautical or marine engineering.
The one thing all these engineering fields and subfields have in common is the inevitability of problems arising with the engineers’ information technology systems. Your wi-fi may stop working. Or a computer virus may slow down your systems. Or you may need assistance in training team members on new or upgraded CAD software. Who are you going to call?
The Answer Is Simple: Call PCC
Better than most, the technicians at Pacific Computer Consultants understand our engineering clients’ needs. After all, we too are engineers in our own right, specializing in computer networks, hardware, and software.
Think about it. To stay competitive, today’s engineers need to master highly specialized software for their field. They rely on it because it eliminate errors, saves time, promotes efficiency, and improves production quality. If your firm’s systems, software, and engineers cease functioning at their peak, eventually your clients will start shopping for a firm not plagued with so many problems.
The Advantages of Managed Engineering IT Support
The Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, pervasive Intelligence, “software defined,” and the integration of the physical and digital have, in combination, all radically altered today’s engineering landscape. Clients’ shifting expectations and the evolution of business models have forced engineering firms to rethink how they operate. But you don’t have to do it alone! Let our engineering IT experts work with your teams to develop custom solutions for your needs and help you discover innovative avenues toward productivity.
A reliable IT support company like PCC understands that engineers work in a competitive and fast-paced profession, and that you require support to resolve critical issues whenever they occur. The unique types of challenges engineers may encounter include:
- Establishing fast, high-performance systems to manage and store large, complex files
- Protecting intellectual property
- Defending against unauthorized incursions
- Working remotely, at home or in the field
- Getting up-to-speed quickly with new software
As your engineering IT expert, PCC is proud to support your systems, ensure uptime, and solve problems involving networks and third-party applications. You can rest assured that we will take the time to understand your specific business needs and devise a custom solution designed to enhance your firm’s productivity and profitability.
Let Us Help Your Firm Succeed with Professional Engineering IT Services
Get in touch with us today at 925-261-3908 to learn more about what PCC can offer as your Managed Engineering IT Services provider.