What is MEP Engineering – Scope For Mechanical Engineers

MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING (MEP) ENGINEER

WHAT IS MEP ? – MEP Meaning 

Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services (MEP) are a significant component of the construction supply chain. MEP design is critical for design decision making, accurate documentation, performance, construction planning, cost- estimation, managing and operating the resulting facility.

Today is the world of architecture and building where complex buildings are being erected day by day taller structures has become the icon of development of a
country. As a result the construction industry is given great importance and there is a huge demand for efficient and experienced engineers in the field.

In Middle East there is a huge demand for experienced Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) engineers on huge projects such as the construction of airports, hospitals, schools, shopping malls and such where central air conditioning system is applied.

It is very much important for fresh engineers to be highly skilled in dealing with the modern technologies in the Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing works of
building since the building systems have become more integrated and the industry embraces sustainable and environmental concepts in to design. Besides having the most updated and authentic information, the onsite experience is also valid to build up quality craftsmanship.

MEP Engineer is a single-level professional classification responsible for planning and design in the areas of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems including developing polices, standards, inspection procedures, and evaluation tools for MEP matters involving judicial branch facilities. Incumbents may prepare and will review drawings, specifications, and cost estimates for the mechanical, electrical, and/or plumbing systems in the facilities of the judicial branch.

MEP meaning
MEP meaning

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES (illustrative only)
• Develops policies for MEP review and standards for capital projects including analysis of the existing court facilities, facility database, and master plan information.
• Develops best practices and maintenance management measures including the review and update of standards on a routine basis.
• Develops and implements a process for periodic inspection and evaluation of judicial branch facilities.
• Conducts engineering and feasibility and economic studies and prepares reports on findings.
• Develops standards for design and technical specifications for judicial branch projects.
• Investigates new MEP design concepts and technical developments of systems for applicability to engineering problems.
• Reviews plans and specifications for constructibility and program adherence.
• Manages and oversees the work of subordinate staff, contract architects or engineers, and contractors for compliance with the requirements of Federal, State and local agencies regarding fire, public health and safety.
• Reviews contract documents, advises staff inspectors on construction projects; prepares change orders and request for information responses as required for public safety and compliance with contract documents.
• Generates and compiles statistical information necessary for budgeting of facilities, equipment and manpower.
• Reviews completed projects, designs or studies for policy and budgetary compliance; may perform technical review of designs.
• Develops and maintains a cost estimating database for judiciary facilities regarding MEP systems.

MEP Engineering Courses include following topics : 

Mechanical – HVAC (Heating Venting and Air conditioning).

Electrical – lighting fixtures, switches, outlets, panels, appliances, etc.

Plumbing – pipes, fixtures & fittings; water supply/distribution, and waste removal.

Common types of Mechanical System uses in MEP

a.) Central Forced air:- Furnace/fan blower /condenser & compressors; ducts; registers/diffusers Heat Pump –Heat & Cooling within One unit.Most Common type of Heating/Cooling* takes heat out of inside air (cooling) or takes heat out of outside air to heat bldg.

b.) Hydraulic Hot Water system:-Boilers/pipes supply hot water Radiators/Baseboards/or tube arrays below floor – YOUR TERMINAL UNITS – RADIANT Type Heat exchanger

c.) Radiant:-(Control surface temp. of heating panel or Floor at the heat source Uniform heat/reduced air movement) use Electricity to heat Coils under floor or Piped hot (or cold) water to radiate heat

d.) Heat pump:-Heat pump extracts heat from space at low temp & discharges it to another space at a higher temperature

e.) Zones:-Provide Flexibility/Efficiency – Control temperature of Areas (or rooms) individually with thermostats and Dampers

f.) Thermostats:-The control for Heating and Cooling should be centrally located in zoned area or house to give an average temperature reading.

To become a good MEP Engineer at least Diploma/Degree is required from any recognize University with Mechanical/Electrical Engineering with professional engineering experience as an engineer in-charge of important engineering works including their direction, planning, and design. This experience should include involvement with mechanical, electrical, and/or plumbing system design and analysis for large commercial or governmental building projects organizational management of mechanical, electrical, or plumbing systems in facilities or construction. Scope of MEP Engineer is very bright in India or Gulf countries.

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