A recent spate of job losses in the engineering field is unlikely to ease long-run shortages in the resource sector, according to Pit Crew Management Consulting.
The workplace forecaster said there were currently 12,000 engineers working on site at resource projects, and thousands more working offsite in pre-feasibility studies and capital works.
Pit Crew principal Peter Dyball said peak demand for engineers from the resource sector was likely to hit in early to mid 2014, with 16,000 on-site jobs.
The projections are based on staff requirements at 64 major resource projects under way in WA and another 28 that are likely to commence in the next couple of years.
"From an engineering skills perspective, most engineering disciplines will be in short supply," Mr Dyball said.
"This will include construction managers, chemical, civil, mechanical, electrical engineers and mining engineers.
"Timing for the greatest shortages will be 2013 into early 2014."
Paraprofessional engineers, including those in technical and drafting roles, will also be in short supply. It follows revelations last week that a major engineering firm called Calibre Group sacked about 50 white-collar staff two days ahead of its stock market debut.
The firm let go of the staff from a division devoted to delivering rail projects for BHP.It also confirmed that it would redeploy about 25 workers to other projects, but rejected speculation that another 150 jobs were at risk.
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