The team members at RTM Engineering Consultants (RTM) are advocates of both internal and external training that benefits employees throughout the company. Our team is encouraged to share knowledge and to sign up for various seminars and professional development hours to ensure we provide consistent and innovative quality designs to our clients. In a new series, we share tips and insights aimed at helping the next generation of engineers grow and excel within the industry.
According to RTM Principal Mitesh Smart, P.E., young engineers oftentimes spend an inordinate amount of time inputting every variable into their calculations with near perfect accuracy. However, this may not be the most efficient use of their time as other factors must be considered.
“For example, a young mechanical engineer was doing a take-off on a building for an HVAC load calculation,” Mitesh explained. “He intently measured every window, door and wall to perfection down to the inch. He then inputted every small appliance, computer, etc. His result came to 17.35 tons. Then, he added a safety factor of 1.1 and selected a 20 ton unit.” Because a safety factor of at least 10 percent is required for every project and can vary based on what the engineer is working on, engineers may find that their calculations aren’t as rigid as they suppose.
Tip One: Don’t spend too much time with detailed input for your calculations because the necessary 10 percent safety factor will impact your calculations. Spend more time on developing the right concept, and spend some time with your Engineer of Record (EOR) to review the concept before starting a project.
“In our industry, no one is going to reprimand you for missing the inches,” said Mitesh. “We focus on the quality of a design and the innovation our engineers bring to the table.”
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