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Keeping it Real with James Hunt

The Keeping it Real series is your chance to hear from Allen & Shariff staff on life, lessons, and leadership, straight from the trenches. Sometimes literally.

James Hunt

Name: James Hunt, Senior Mechanical Designer
Office: Columbia, MD
Years at Allen & Shariff: 1 year, 8 months


 

What’s the one skill that you would say is essential to being a great mechanical engineer?
An essential skill is being able to work under pressure.

What is the most innovative advancement you’ve seen in mechanical engineering since you first started your career? How has it affected the industry?
Variable Refrigerant Flow systems, the widespread use of inverter technology, and combining geothermal with water-cooled VRF to maximize energy efficiency. This technology is fairly new to the United States and is really taking off as energy codes require increasingly more energy-efficient systems.

Describe something from your past (school, work experience, a mentor) that most influenced you to become a mechanical engineer.
The thing that I would say influenced me to work in the mechanical engineering industry was my first job as a CAD operator. I was exposed to mechanical and plumbing design early, and I loved how logical and practical the design and function of these systems was. Having a direct effect on how buildings impact human comfort was very attractive to me. Read the full post →

The Best in Cancer Care, Closer to Home

Anyone facing a cancer diagnosis hopes for the best care and the most comfortable treatment possible. For residents outside a major city where many treatment centers are located, this often means making repeated long trips from home to more metropolitan areas – adding more weight to an already heavy burden. Thankfully, because of the advances in medical knowledge, care, and treatment over the past 20 years, those difficult trips are no longer an automatic part of a treatment program. A trend toward creating regional cancer treatment centers has helped push sophisticated critical care out from the cities to towns and outlying areas that need them most. Read the full post →

Keeping It Real with Diane Bookwalter

The Keeping it Real series is your chance to hear from Allen & Shariff staff on life, lessons, and leadership, straight from the trenches. Sometimes literally. Name: Diane Bookwalter, PE – Electrical Department Head Office: Pittsburgh, PA Years at Allen & Shariff: 2.5 years   As Head of Electrical, where do you invest your energies […]

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Virtual Lunch and Learn: 3 Considerations Before You Say Yes to Geothermal HVAC

Our Virtual Lunch & Learn blog series explores a specific topic adapted from our most popular Allen & Shariff Lunch and Learn courses. You know the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling – it’s clean, renewable, and sustainable, and offers significant cost savings over time. If you’re considering a geothermal HVAC solution, here are three […]

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Mechanical Engineer/Designer

Title:  Mechanical Engineer/Designer Location:  Columbia, MD  Overview The Engineer is responsible for the preparation of contract plans and specifications, often for several projects simultaneously. This encompasses advanced calculations, systems analysis, quality control of finished projects, and field/construction coordination activities. The Engineer reports to the Senior Vice President and/or Office Management. Essential Functions The essential functions […]

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Electrical Engineer

Title:  Electrical Engineer Locations:  Columbia, MD Salisbury, MD Overview The Engineer is responsible for the preparation of contract plans and specifications, often for several projects simultaneously. This encompasses advanced calculations, systems analysis, quality control of finished projects, and field/construction coordination activities. The Engineer reports to the Senior Vice President and/or Office Management. Essential Functions The […]

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CAD Operator

Title:  CAD Operator Location:  Columbia, MD Overview The CAD Operator prepares working drawings including elementary design utilizing AutoCAD and Autodesk Revit software as directed by a Designer, Engineer, or Project Manager. Essential Functions The essential functions of the CAD Operator are as follows: Read and interpret technical plans as well as laying out a technically […]

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Senior Plumbing Engineer/Designer

Title:  Senior Plumbing Engineer/Designer Locations:   Columbia, MD Dover, DE Overview Allen & Shariff is seeking an experienced Senior Plumbing Engineer/Designer. Essential Functions The essential functions of the Designer are as follows: Completes engineering design and calculations. Is able to calculate loads and estimate sizes and capacities of engineering systems required (domestic water, hot water, […]

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