What’s it really like to be a mechanical engineer? Is it all whiz bang, theoretical concepts created by someone with a math pedigree and cool rep like “Rocket Scientist” or is it a career where the reward is based on the completion of a lengthy, complex and otherwise difficult course of work? Truthfully, it’s probably a little bit of both and more.
Meet Harriman’s Jeff LaPierre, P.E., LEED AP, HFDP, CEM. Jeff has always been intrigued with applied math and science. Growing up in central Maine, and graduating from the University of Maine, Orono, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Jeff always had a deep appreciation for “how things worked.” He imagined a career working conceptually, and applying the concept to a working solution.
Initially out of college, Jeff’s introduction to his profession was on the contractor side where he learned more about the practical side of the trade, and it was here he gained an appreciation on how an engineered solution was fabricated and installed in the field. This knowledge has helped Jeff over the years to become a better mechanical designer.
Fast forward to 2017, and you’ll find Jeff 20 years later, and greatly experienced, immersed in the actual design and engineering of Harriman’s most technical and advanced projects. Cleanrooms, HVAC airside systems and controls, state-of-the-art energy systems, boilers, chillers, piping. “I enjoy the collaboration and teamwork at Harriman,” says Jeff “ whether it’s a lab, a hospital, a school or commercial building, the coordination between architecture and engineering systems is challenging, and we like to push ourselves to make every project better than the previous one,” he said.
In his spare time, Jeff enjoys time with his family and son, who, like dad has a math and science aptitude—who knows, another engineer, a programmer, maybe even a rocket scientist is in the making.