In terms of engineering disciplines, mechanical engineering consists of the broadest range of applied engineering, and piping engineers are experts in this field. A piping engineer’s capabilities and duties can span from the research and development of a device to the actual building and testing of piping systems, thermal sensors and more. They can even function within a supervisory capacity if needed.
As the name would suggest though, piping engineers are primarily responsible for that piping systems that transport materials such as gas, water and sewage. These engineers are involved, from start to finish, when it comes to the designing and building of any new piping system. They are also able to help select which materials and components should be used during the project to ensure that the system will function correctly.
Piping Engineer Duties
- Survey Sites & Draw Blueprints
- Project Planning
- Select & Source Materials
- Supervise Installation
When it comes to planning and installing of a new piping system, piping engineers have quite a few responsibilities during the process. It’s their duty to ensure that the installation, as well as the system’s build quality and functionality, meet the required standards.
In the planning phase, piping engineers will survey the site that will house the system and check for any issues in the land. After that, engineers will draw up the system’s blueprints using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. These engineers are best suited for designing blueprints due to their extensive knowledge of the system and its inner workings.
Piping engineers will also plan the entire project and collaborate with any decision makers on the project’s budget, schedule and construction of the system. Once the parameters have been discussed, engineers will select the proper materials to be used for the piping system. They will ensure that the selected materials can withstand certain elements, depending on where the system is going to be housed. They will also be directly responsible for the sourcing and usage of the materials during installation.
Piping engineers will coördinate with various teams during the project and will inspect and analyze all aspects of the build until the piping system is fully complete. If you are in need of professional engineering help with your project, please feel free to contact us at 408-295-2182.