When you think of a "nerdy" profession, engineering definitely fits in that category. You need to have an above average level of math and science skills. But I feel like the incredible demand for the intangible skills engineering requires gets very overlooked. Watching our professional engineers use teamwork, communication, problem solving and critical thinking to successfully complete jobs reminds me of the intangible skills I use when I am in competition. It is not enough to just have your calculations, line weight, bubbles right, etc. Communication and coordination with the firms you are teaming up with are key as well.
This week was a special one for Mark Ulrick. We started our internship/mentor program with Mastery charter! We decided to take one student from the school and show him what engineering is like firsthand. I personally look forward to opportunities like these because not only do I have fun with the youth, but I also enjoy helping the youth as much as I can. I take a very personal interest in this because I would not be where I am without the help of people that have been in my shoes before. People like my father, brother, and coaches paved the way for me to be successful now.
Throughout Mark Ulrick Engineers Inc. 29 year history we provided professional building systems engineering and design services for many buildings in the tristate area. Without a doubt, we do perform our services for financial gain, but the satisfaction that is achieved when we are involved with projects that create opportunities to improve the lives of the less fortunate is equally as satisfying.
As I walked across the hall of our new office at 2.0 University Place to another office space being constructed, I noticed some interesting pipe and duct work arranged throughout the whole ceiling. I was confused because at first glance it looked like duct work connected to lights (see picture). Needless to say I was a bit confused as to what was going on above my head.
Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems are becoming more common in the A/E/C industry and rightfully so. While the conventional HVAC split system is still predominant in the United States, VRF systems are becoming more apparent in the market. The VRF system was developed in 1982 by a Japanese Company named Daiken and has been prominent in Asia and Europe for the past two decades.