james hunt

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 →

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