Q&A MEP Engineer

How to become a good MEP Consultant?

I got a lot of questions about “How to Become a Good MEP Consultant” ever since I decided to become a full-time independent MEP Consultant and started to work from home. Here are the lists that I can compiled based on my 4 years experiences in this field. Hope that will help and answer your question.

Experience

It may sounds cliché, but I can tell you that it is the most important thing if you want to start your career as a consultant. To be specific, to become a MEP consultant, you need to have a degree in engineering, especially in electrical/mechanical engineer field. Currently, there aren’t people that have all degree in MEP. Usually they have only one major degree and learn others afterwards or by doing some significant projects.

If you want to be a MEP consultant, since MEP is a multi-discipline field, I encourage you to join the reputable consultant company to gain the experience. Choose company that can give you advantages, such as:

  • Developing opportunity as a person and professional
  • Has a good mentor
  • Has an opportunity to do site visits
  • Facing clients
  • Has a good vendor’s product understanding

These are the skills that only you can learn if you join a company.

READ and understand the Code

As a consultant, you will be asked by many people and you will have to convince them about your expertise. Therefore you need to master your field. The very first one is to understand and get familiar with the building code where the building will be built. When I first apply a job as a consultant, my mentor said that there is no difference between consultant, doctor, and lawyer. They all are a consultant but in different field and expertise. Their similarity is they need to give a good answer when asked. I bet that nobody listen to a wrong answer or get a wrong recommendation. Especially if you pay for that.

So, read!

I know there are a lot of codes. I personally not memorized all of them. But I made a list of codes and my personal notes about that. Hence, if I be asked by someone, I can search the answer using that code. No need to wasting my time to search for the code.

Ask! And don’t forget to confirm afterwards

There will be the time when you meet or have a phone call with the client. These clients can be your internal clients like architects, interior designers, lighting specialist, landscape specialist, etc.; or your external clients such as the project owner. When you were giving this opportunity, do not waste it. Ask as many as you can and confirm afterwards. Make sure you’re knowing what you’re doing. So you can work effective and efficient. Again, this is part of learning process. Therefore, the more experience you got, the better skill you have in term of asking valuable questions.

Write a logbook

It may seems simple. But it is the most forgotten thing to do. Write about the projects and what obstacles that you face while doing this projects. Write everything and do not forget to write the solution as well.

Be sensitive

As a consultant, we will get the success-story questions by owners. “Is it applicable?”, “Is it good enough or aesthetically pleased?”, or “Where did you see it?”. So it is important to be sensitive wherever we go. And since the most visible thing in MEP field is the thing that attached in the ceiling, hence do not forget to pay attention to the ceiling. You may find the useful information there.

Evaluate your design

There will be no perfect projects so it is better to check and evaluate your design periodically. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, ask your mentor or your colleagues. Based on my experiences, they will be happy to help.

Tidy up your working folder

I believe that a cluttered workspace is a cluttered mind. Although many experts that I know said that as a consultant you will be surrounded by papers, etc. so it will be impossible to work in a clean space, I personally like to collect my work by folders. I don’t think that will be any excuses to not clean your workspace. Also it is very important to keep track of all your received documents and sent documents. All of these will be useful if you clean your workspace and folders regularly.

I think that would be all tips that I can share to answer your questions. How about yours? Have you got any advice that you have applied in your consultant carrier? Please write a comments down below, I would love to hear from you. Thank you and cheers!



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