How to hire finite element analysis specialists
From fluid dynamics to thermal transport to physical stress, many physical phenomena can be simulated with math using a technique called finite element method (FEM). A finite element analysis (FEA) specialist can help you test your products in a simulated environment.
So how do you hire FEA specialists? What follows are some tips for finding top FEA specialists on Upwork.
How to shortlist finite element analysis professionals
As you’re browsing available FEA consultants, it can be helpful to develop a shortlist of the contractors you may want to interview. You can screen profiles on criteria such as:
- Scientific field. You want an FEA specialist who understands what you are trying to simulate and the problem you are trying to solve.
- Project experience. Screen candidate profiles for specific skills and experience (e.g., modeling the effects of electromagnetic interference on your PCB design).
- Feedback. Check reviews from past clients for glowing testimonials or red flags that can tell you what it’s like to work with a particular FEA specialist.
How to write an effective finite element analysis job post
With a clear picture of your ideal FEA specialist in mind, it’s time to write that job post. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for a contractor to know if they’re the right fit for the project.
An effective FEA job post should include:
- Scope of work: From validating EMC shielding to modeling acoustic performance, list all the deliverables you’ll need.
- Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project.
- Background: If you prefer experience with certain industries, sciences, or software, mention this here.
- Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.
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FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS SPECIALISTS FAQ
What is finite element analysis?
Differential calculus can be used to describe many physical phenomena. An FEA specialist can use software built with FEM models to simulate the effects of stresses, strains, heat, and other phenomena on different materials and objects, often modeled with CAD (computer-aided design).
Here’s a quick overview of the skills you should look for in FEA consultants:
- Finite element analysis
- FEA software such as COMSOL Multiphysics
- Subject-matter expertise (e.g., fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism)
- Science or engineering discipline (e.g., mechanical engineer, chemical engineer, physicist)
- CAD tools such as SolidWorks
Why hire finite element analysis specialists?
The trick to finding top FEA specialists is to identify your needs. Do you need to analyze the stresses and strains in a new ball bearing you wish to add to your product line? Or is your goal to model both fluid flow and heat transfer through a series of heat exchangers? The cost of your project will depend largely on your scope of work and the specific skills needed to bring your project to life.
How much does it cost to hire an FEA specialist?
Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions.
- An experienced FEA specialist may command higher fees but also work faster, have more specialized areas of expertise, and deliver a higher-quality simulation.
- A contractor who is still in the process of building a client base may price their FEA more competitively.
Which one is right for you will depend on the specifics of your project.