Mechanical Contractors: What Are Their Responsibilities?
To understand a mechanical contractor’s responsibilities, we thought we’d do a refresher on what mechanical systems and engineering actually are. The first machines date back to Greece and medieval China, but mechanical engineering really came into its own during the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century – imagine a steampunk machine room with giant cogs and gears, steam-powered machines and operators wearing overalls.
Needless to say, things have changed since then – imagine a high-tech machine room with computer panels, pipes and pumps, and contractors carrying laptops. Regardless of where it originated, all mechanical systems use some sort of machine that uses energy to perform a function. We use math, physics and science to design the multiple systems that must work together to make a building habitable, including HVAC-R systems (heating, cooling, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration), plumbing, fire safety, controls and more.
What does a mechanical contractor do?
Essentially, a mechanical contractor oversees mechanical systems that make a building function. Depending on your contractor, what they “oversee” could mean a few different things. We like to make it very clear that we deliver a holistic service, meaning we’re in it right from the design stage. We bring our patented True Constructible process to ensure the systems you need are practical, reliable and efficient. To get technical (because we’re into details and lists), let’s break it down. Some of the responsibilities we take on at True Mechanical include:
- Interpret designs to ensure they are reliable and meet project goals.
- Create plans for various mechanical works in collaboration with contractors and trades.
- Consistently communicate and collaborate with clients, architects, engineers, and consultants.
- Ensure top-quality North American materials and systems are sourced.
- Install and test mechanical equipment.
- Built per code industry standards and other environmental programs such as LEED or PassivHaus.
- Inspect, test and retest the quality of materials and machines.
- Ensure site and team safety.
- Complete projects on time and within budget.
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“The mechanics of industry is easy. The real engine is the people: their motivation and direction.”
— Ken Gilbert