The Engineering Job Link is a tool for companies to find engineering related expertise without committing to long-term employment. Talented experts benefit also by choosing jobs that match their “zone” of work. By participating in this process, these experts are less prone to the market fluctuations imposed by a single company. It’s a win-win!
In a nutshell, Registered Service Providers who are designers, engineers or similar will bid on suitable job postings. Bids can be closed type where one specialist cannot see another’s bid, or open type depending on how it is posted. The Service Contractor who posted the job then reviews bids and communicates clarifications before awarding the job to a Service Provider. I’ll define these roles more clearly below. When the job is complete, the Service Contractor reviews deliverables, gets final clarifications and/or modifications, approves, then the Service Provider gets paid.
The type of work is for remote services, where the person providing the expertise does not enter the jobsite. All work is remote.
Usage of the website service is subject to the Website Service Agreement. The most recent version will be available at the bottom of our web pages.
- All Registration is FREE!
- Posting a Job is FREE! (However, there are a few added options for small fee if chosen.)
In the website, Freelance experts are referred to as “Service Providers” and job posting Clients are referred to as “Service Contractors”. You will choose one of these categories when you register with EngJobLink.com.
- A “Service Contractor” is a Client Who Posts a Job.
- A “Service Provider” is a Freelance Engineer, Designer, Specialist or Similar in search of specialized work to provide his or her services.
Service Contractors register with the website to post job descriptions for Service Providers to bid. These job descriptions can contain attachments to further describe the job scope. When the job posting is approved by the web administrator, it will be visible for Service Providers to review.
Service Providers will also register with the website for bid access. Anyone can view the postings, but only those who register can bid. Registration is easy and fast, but don’t stop there;
It is important to finish your profile after registration. This will provide more details about yourself for Service Contractors to review and consider. On the flip side, Service Providers can view Service Contractor profiles for added scrutiny.
See Steps below:
- Click the REGISTER button on the home page and follow the instructions to fill in a Username and Email.
- Then, select the User Type. Remember the definitions from above.
- A “Service Contractor” is a Client Who Posts a Job.
- A “Service Provider” is a Freelance Engineer, Designer, Specialist or Similar.
- A password will be emailed to the address you provide. You can then Log In.
- Go to personal information and fill in the missing information to identify yourself as a strong candidate.
- Be sure to add information in the Description box such as certifications, licenses, etc. along with any other pertinent Resume or CV data.
- Very important to add your PayPal Email in the blank provided. This will ensure you are paid!
- If you are a Service Provider and need Professional Liability Insurance (E&O) coverage, please submit a request via the contact form link at the bottom of the web pages. I will respond to your request with additional information and guidance. If you are covered under your own policy, do not apply, just use the website.
*** VERY IMPORTANT: YOU MUST HAVE AN ACTIVE AND VERIFIED PAYPAL ACCOUNT FOR THE PAYMENT SYSTEM TO WORK. LOG ON https://www.paypal.com/home AND SIGN UP. YOU MAY MAKE PAYMENTS WITH MAJOR CREDIT CARDS OR DIRECT BANKING AS SETUP THROUGH YOUR PAYPAL ACCOUNT. IF ANYONE IN A CONTRACT AGREEMENT DOES NOT HAVE AN ACCOUNT, PAYMENTS CANNOT BE INITIATED.
POSTING A JOB
Jobs are posted by Service Contractors in need of expertise. There are two types of job postings:
- Exempt Job Task(s)
- Non-Exempt Job Task(s)
Exempt Job Task(s):
Exempt job tasks can be covered by any Service Provider who can technically accomplish the task. Each state governs the definition for Exempt tasks, so as jobs are posted, they are first vetted by The Engineering Job Link before becoming active. We will contact you if your posting is considered Non-Exempt for special handling.
To post a job;
- Log into the home page and click the button named Post Your Project. You will see four tabs to indicate progress.
- In the first tab, titled Project Info, enter
- Your Project Title
- Select appropriate categories
- Add search tags
- Select appropriate skills necessary
- Select the budget category
- Select Project End Date
- Enter the project address. Enter whole address on one line. Use commas to separate.
- Attach Images (Drag-drop or click to browse) that will highlight your project on the website. This is useful if you feature your project. Featured projects will scroll across the home screen for easy access to prospective bidders.
- Attach Files (Drag-drop or click to browse) that are useful to clarify your project scope.
- The second tab is titled Options
- First option is to mark your project as featured. If chosen, your project image will be featured on the home page. There is a small fee for this option that will be listed in the final tab.
- Second option is for Sealed Bidding. This means only the Service Contractor will see the bids. This is Highly recommended! There is a small fee for this option that will be listed in the final tab as well.
- The third tab is titled Preview.
- If you want to change anything, go back and modify before proceeding. Use the Go Back button.
- The last tab is for Payment & Finish.
- You will see a short summary of fees, your credit balance (if you made a deposit previously), and payment options.
- The payment options are by Credit Cards and PayPal.
- The job submission will be sent to Admin for approval before it goes live. You will be notified by email of progress.
- See video below for more help:
Non-Exempt Job Task(s):
Non-Exempt Job Task(s) are a special category in the United States. Special requirements are necessary for compliance in each state. Typically, you will need to seek “statements of qualifications” from interested licensees (PE’s) before a job description such as this can be posted. Don’t worry, your post request is reviewed before becoming active on the website. We will contact you with guidance after you submit the post to The Engineering Job Link.
Pending your state requirements, your initial post request will likely follow two steps after a licensed PE attests completeness, signs and seals your Scope of Work:
- Initial post will request statements of qualifications from interested licensees (PE’s), NOT to include the PE or his firm who signed and sealed the Scope of Work. Use the same procedure above for Exempt Job Task(s) to request the statements of qualifications.
- Typically a limit of up to five (5) PE’s can actually bid your project. So, after review of qualifications and competence, you will invite them to bid via the messaging system on The Engineering Job Link with a comprehensive and specific Scope of Work. Any other bids received are not valid.
BIDDING ON A JOB
Bidding on a job is pretty straight forward. We filter incoming job posts for Exempt status. This means consultants who have acquired the expertise for a job post can perform the requested work within the guidelines of the state without a professional engineering license. Non-Exempt posts are specifically identified in the description for separate special handling.
See steps below for normal Exempt jobs.
- After opening and reviewing a posted job project, click on the button SUBMIT A PROPOSAL.
Make sure to mark your minimum bid up by the appropriate website fee to account for the total cost. If you need Professional Liability Insurance coverage and are accepted to take advantage of this offer through DRC, then the markup should increase to include this fee as well. See Fee’s Section.
- Enter a bid dollar amount.
- Enter the number of days it will take you to complete.
- Enter a description of exactly what you will supply. Make sure to be clear and specific.
- Attach any pertinent files that are necessary.
- Click the check box labeled I can perform work where/when described in post.
- Click the button PLACE BID.
Jobs that are Non-Exempt will be identified as such in the description with special guidance from the Engineering Job Link. This type of job is only for registered professional engineers. Typically, in accordance with state law, bids placed for Non-Exempt jobs are by invitation only after the client request for “statements of qualifications” from registered professional engineers. Professional Engineers are to provide services only within those states they are currently registered and have an applicable certificate of authorization.
- Professional Liability or Errors and Omissions (E&O) Insurance
As a Service Provider, if you want to do freelance consulting work through The Engineering Job Link and you are not currently covered by a policy, then you can submit a request through the website contact form for approval (see Professional Liability link at the bottom of the website). If approved, you will be considered a subcontractor to DRC and covered through the current DRC E&O Policy while performing work through the Engineering Job Link. You will be billed a separate fee for the jobs you complete. See Fee’s Section.
You can buy it directly from a broker to cover the type of work you perform if you are a consultant. If you have an employer and you provide similar services through them, chances are that you are covered under their policy for that portion of work. However, outside of that employment, where you are a freelancer or consultant, you have to purchase this coverage for your line of work.
If you are in the business of providing a service to your client for a fee, you have an E&O exposure risk. Consider what can happen if the service is not done correctly or on time, and it costs your client money or harms their reputation. Since no one is perfect, this coverage is a must for those who provide services for a fee. The time to buy or confirm coverage is before the risk is taken.
Professional Liability Insurance and Errors and Omissions (E&O) are the same thing. This is the insurance that covers you, in the event that a client holds you responsible for a service you provided, or failed to provide, that did not have the expected or promised results. It covers you for errors (or omissions) that you have made or that the client perceives you have made.
- Steps to mitigate claims
- The job description is your contract. If it is not clear, it should be clarified before you make a bid on the job. It should spell out exactly what will be done and what will not be done. The bid should cover your fee as well as the extra website fees. Communicate with all parties with the website messaging system.
- Communicate before, throughout and after the job to keep expectations realistic.
- Consider the quality of your deliverables before sending to the Client. Do not use the client to check sloppy work! Else you may have trouble finding future work.
SERVICE PROVIDER FLOW CHART
AWARDING A JOB
Exempt jobs are normal postings with no identification of the Exempt status. These were filtered by The Engineering Job Link before active on the website. Awarding a job is done by the Service Contractor after reviewing competitive bids and clarifications are complete via the website messaging service. The Service Contractor project summary page will list all of the bids with an option to award a winner.
Upon selection of a winner, the Service Contractor will be directed to the Awaiting Completion page. Before the project can proceed, the Service Contractor has to make a deposit to the PayPal Escrow account. The Awaiting Completion page is also accessed with the Service Contractor Menu in MyAccount (left, near bottom).
When Deposit Escrow is completed by the Service Contractor, the project can begin.
Non-Exempt jobs will be identified as such in the posting description. They will initially request “statements of qualifications” from licensed professional engineers before bids are requested by invitation. The request for statements of qualifications are done with the same procedure as posting a job. Statements of qualifications are sent to the client via messaging system, then the client will solicit bids via same messaging system to no more than the required number of prospective licensed professional engineers. Each state has a maximum number of bidders allowed, typically five (5). The invited bidders then respond to the initial posting with individual bids and final award is accomplished as outlined above.
COMPLETING A JOB
When a job is done by the Service Provider, final deliverables are sent to the Service Contractor through the website messaging system. After deliverables are sent, the Service Provider will click the button “Mark Delivered”, then confirm by pressing new button “Yes, Mark Delivered”. Notification will be sent to the Service Contractor for final review. Upon approval, the escrow payment will be transferred to credit the Service Provider. Note that some back and forth exchanges are normal to finalize the deliverables before payment.
Website Service Fee is 20% of each job. Important: This will be deducted from the payout to the Service Provider at the completion of each job. This is why it is important to submit bid amounts properly.
Professional Liability Coverage for DRC subcontractors is 7.9% of each job. Service Providers are billed separately by DRC. Important: Subcontractors to DRC need to consider this fee as well. Typical break-even is near $65K of awards, so if you make more than that figure on this website, you may want to consider buying it separately or at least get pricing and compare.
Extra Posting Fee for a Featured Listing is $9.95 per job listing. Billed to Service Contractor at the time of posting.
Extra Posting Fee for Sealed Bidding is $4.95 per job listing. Billed to Service Contractor at the time of posting.
Now go find that job… Happy Hunting!