Ever since I heard an engineer I once worked with state matter-of-factly that she did some consulting work now and then, I’ve asked myself why, as a registered professional engineer, I have never done something along those lines.
Now that I am nearly retired, there may be a chance to correct this deficiency. On the way to becoming the head of my own engineering company, building a portfolio of consulting contributions would provide needed income, keep me in touch with technology, and provide a basis for growth.
Currently, my best bets for success are projects involving biochar or earned value management. I would not dismiss nuclear engineering, though the half-life of my knowledge in that arena has long been exceeded. As a systems engineer, I am confident that I could add value to any type of development effort, if a systems-level view is what they are seeking. I also feel that I could still contribute as a management consultant, though I have not focused on that area in my most recent studies.
INCOSE certification would be a helpful credential for the SE work. For the biochar work, a little extra training may be required.
Here’s an example of a consulting outfit run by someone who I would like to emulate.12 months ago