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Purdue Bound Career Day 2017

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Purdue Bound Career Day 2017

Loren & Mike attend Purdue Bound Career Day

Last Saturday, Applied once again participated in the annual Purdue Bound Career Day event at Dow AgroSciences on the northwest side of Indianapolis. Mike Jamieson and I talked with Indianapolis Public Schools students about the impact an engineering career can create for both the individual and the community.

Mike and I described some of the projects we have worked on, noting that Applied focuses effort in four markets: Higher Education, Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Government.

When describing university projects, I noted that at Applied, we create environments and design systems which positively impact people. Previous project designs have helped students collaborate on problems with multiple outcomes. Through our positive design, students have access to white board walls to construct a design outline, large monitors to share ideas and expose group members to videos which articulate concepts, wireless data so that they can connect with resources outside of the space, and a comfortable environment without distractions. Through providing this environment, Applied is playing its part to create a better world where there is more interaction and better solutions for tomorrow.

Mike commented that being a professional engineer (PE) is a great responsibility. PEs must take the safety of the employees, visitors, neighborhood, and public into account on every project. Being a professional engineer, we strive to turn our clients’ goals into realities while creating a safe environment for everyone involved.

The students were engaged and asked many questions such as, “What do you like most about being an engineer?” and “Why do you like working for Applied?” I shared that I enjoy working for Applied because of the variety of work – that in any given week I could be creating a telecom design, creating a power distribution system, visiting a new project site, and assisting contractors during construction. The ability to wear many hats and interact with people from different backgrounds helps me broaden my perspective and feel like I’m making an impact in my community. Mike stated that he enjoys the design challenges that come with being an engineer. Through designing dust collectors to steam systems, every project has unique goals that must be achieved through diligent calculations and design.

We thought that this group of students was highly engaged, had great communication skills, and were high achievers. Their intelligent questions and ability to understand power distribution, HVAC controls, and the design process within a short time shows that the future is bright for engineering and the world.

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Loren Horan is a Shareholder and Project Manager at Applied Engineering Services.

Purdue Bound Career Day

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Purdue Bound Career Day

The Saturday morning started out cold, but the Purdue Bound (formerly Science Bound) Career Day kicked off with great warmth as the excited students learned about jobs and opportunities within STEAM (science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and math) fields. Applied Engineering Services served as a corporate sponsor for the event, along with Purdue University, Raytheon, Bowen Engineering, Rolls-Royce, Dow AgroSciences, and Eli Lilly and Company. Each firm gave the students a quick “day in the life” of an engineer, scientist, designer, researcher, or programmer.

Mike Jamieson and I talked with students about the type of work Applied does within the consulting engineering industry. We described how Applied utilizes engineering knowledge to provide HVAC designs, plumbing design, power distribution, and telecommunications connectivity, and how our work utilizes math, science, and engineering, and technology to create warm and inviting environments. We gave a broad overview of healthcare design to the students, touching on how HVAC designs can be best implemented to reduce the spread of infections in hospitals. Power distribution from the utility company down to the receptacles was also generally described.

The students were actively engaged with some of the hands-on devices that we demonstrated. Mike described energy efficiencies in the HVAC realm by showing how a small ventilation recovery device works and how sensible and latent energy is transferred through the cross-baffle heat recovery membrane. The plate and frame heat exchanger spurred several questions from the students. On the electrical side, the manual motor starter and medium voltage cable drew the most interest. I helped break down the electrical concepts behind the equipment, which allowed the students to better understand how the parts and pieces all work together to create a complete building system.

The morning included a panel discussion with previous Purdue Bound graduates describing their college and life experiences, and wrapped up with a motivational speech by Purdue All-American Running Back LeRoy Keyes and his wife, Monica. The students and career volunteers noted that it was a great experience, and everyone appreciated Rolls-Royce’s hospitality in hosting the event at their facility.

Loren Horan is a Shareholder and Project Manager at Applied Engineering Services.

Mike Jamieson speaking with Purdue Bound students

Mike Jamieson speaking with Purdue Bound students

Day in the Life of an Onsite Project Engineer

Day in the Life of an Onsite Project Engineer

Loren Horan DITLHave you ever wondered what our engineers actually do all day? This year, we’re continuing our “Day in the Life” series started in 2014. Each quarter, we will feature someone within the firm who will provide insight into their typical day. This quarter showcases one of Applied’s owners, Project Engineer Loren Horan, PE, RCDD, LEED AP.

As a project engineer, my day is typically laid out in one of the following three ways. The first option is a day in the office where I work on designs, specifications, review shop drawings, collaborate with team members, and perform engineering calculations. The second option is a day where I am in the field to attend construction meetings, observe construction in progress, perform a site survey for a new project, meet with clients to determine their needs and requirements, and collaborate with architects, structural engineers, and civil engineers at their offices. The third option is somewhere in between the first two. I chose to write about a day where I was onsite.

7:00 am – My day starts as I leave home directly for Purdue University.

8:30 am – Arrive at Purdue University and head over to Lynn Hall to start our observation of the sprinkler system hydrostatic pressure test. I meet the contractor and owner at the site and we watch each sprinkler zone get pumped up to 200 psi of hydrostatic pressure and confirm that there aren’t any leaks.

9:00 am – The pressure gauges on the sprinkler zones have been initially recorded.  I now walk around the building to perform my construction observation.

9:30 am – Stop in at a student commons area to get a cup of coffee and open up my computer to respond to emails. I am able to remotely connect into the office, so I am also able to perform some lighting design and calculations for an industrial client.

11:00 am – Meet up with the contractor and owner to review the pressure gauges and confirm that the sprinkler lines are still holding the same pressure.

11:30 am – I have a few minutes before my lunch meeting, so I work on some specifications for an industrial client that is creating a new headquarters within Indianapolis.

12:00 pm – Have lunch with an architect that we are working with on some classroom renovations. We catch up and review the submittals that have been issued to date on the first classroom project. We also discuss a recent change request by the owner to add some art to the second classroom project.

1:30 pm – Attend a pre-construction meeting for the second classroom project. I see familiar faces, such as the Purdue University project manager and building deputies. During this meeting, the owner describes their construction and safety requirements. The design team and contractor coordinate on how submittals will be issued.

2:30 pm – The pre-construction meeting ends and I head to a planning committee meeting for the new Innovation Design Center building. During these collaborative meetings, the clients and design team review the block layout of the proposed spaces. The design team accepts feedback from the clients and interviews the users to better understand their needs and the intended practices of the space.

5:00 pm – The planning committee meeting concludes and the architect and I have a quick 5 minute recap to ensure that we are on the same page. I check my email to determine if there are any high priority items that must be addressed prior to heading back to Indianapolis.

5:15 pm – I get into my car and leave Purdue University, ending my work day.