Mechanical systems encompass basic building systems, such as, those that handle the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and plumbing. However, other more elaborate, specialized systems can also be involved: automatic fire protection systems, air filtration units, temperature controls, humidity controls, special fluid piping systems, geothermal energy systems, and conventional energy resources.
An HVAC Engineer provides the design of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, cooling, and refrigeration systems.
The Plumbing Engineer provides the design for systems that overlap into the mechanical, civil, and chemical engineering disciplines. The Plumbing Engineer is in a key position to influence the water efficiency, sustainable site, energy, fire protection, and plumbing systems of a facility.
Perhaps the most visible elements of electrical design are the electrical switches, power and telecommunications outlets, and lighting systems that are in every room and various exterior spaces. However, much more is involved than that which can be readily seen. Electrical engineering design is responsible for: service and distribution, feeder and branch circuit wiring, lighting, lighting control, theatrical lighting, equipment connections, motor control, emergency power, security and surveillance, communications, fire detection and alarm, nurse call, sound/paging, and specialty applications systems.
Individual building applications may require the design of highly specialized mechanical/electrical systems. Developed for medical, educational, commercial, industrial and governmental clients, the systems are necessary for safety purposes, improved patient care or essential manufacturing and research processes.
Alternative energy systems are another area of special systems. Although simple in concept, the design of efficient geothermal heating and cooling energy systems is an intricate process that requires the proper design of heat recovery chillers, well fields, controls, energy management, and conventional backup systems.
In this type of design, a designer plans and MEP Systems spaces in residential applications. Residential applications may involve planning new construction, renovating an existing space, or working in historic renovation. This can include working with the addition, replacement, or elimination of selected parts or entire mechanical and/or electrical systems. Examples of this type of application would include dorms, apartments, condominiums, assisted living, nursing homes, and similar places
In this type of design, a designer plans and designs MEP Systems in commercial spaces and businesses. Examples of this type of application would include banks, offices, retail, restaurants, warehouses, and similar places.
In this type of design, a designer plans and designs MEP Systems in industrial spaces. Examples of this type of application would include factories and other premises used for manufacturing, altering, repairing, cleaning, washing, breaking-up, adapting or processing, and similar places.
In this type of design, a designer plans and designs MEP Systems in institutional spaces. Examples of this type of application would include hospitals, clinics, schools, universities, and similar places.