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.

In order to become an MEP engineer, you are required to have a solid background in terms of both education and training. In addition to having a mechanical engineering degree, there are additional skills that are required in order to become a successful MEP Engineer. We will discuss some of those skills down below;

As an MEP engineer, you must have great knowledge and control over some of the most popular CAD tools and software that are being used in the market today. You have to communicate all your ideas and designs primarily through drawing, so experience in drafting is an absolute necessity.

Knowledge about CAD tools like AutoCAD and Microstation is a must because they are the best and most used CAD tools today.

In the past decade, building information modeling software has become more and more popular and has changed the world of building designing as a whole. Some of the most popular BIM software that is being used today are Revit, ARCHICAD, Vectorworks architects, and Autodesk BIM 360.

Since the use of BIM software is gaining traction, it is being used by some of the top MEP firms in the world. Training and acquiring knowledge about them is an absolute must.

As an MEP engineer, you are required to be a strong-minded analytical thinker who is capable of finding a solution to the problems that are raised by employers and clients alike. As an MEP engineer, you should be able to;
  1. Properly st analyze test results and come up with solutecessary adjustments based on these results.
  2. Develop new and efficient prototypes and test them.
  3. Design and study mechanical devices and projects
  4. Ensure that all designs meet the legal and safety requirements and guidelines.
  5. Identify all the improvements and adjustments in a potential design
  6. Perform important system and equipment calculations.
  7. Test all building materials for quality control.
  8. Work constantly to improve and maintain all the existing products.
All of these attributes and more are what make a great MEP engineer.

All the roles associated with facing clients and talking to them are of the utmost importance in the MEP engineering field. As an MEP engineer, it is your job to clearly get all your ideas and thoughts across to the clients to avoid any confusion and misunderstandings down the line. It is also your job to maintain good relations with all your clients.

Therefore, to become a successful MEP engineer, you must have strong verbal and written communication skills.

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