Plumbing engineers' main responsibility is designing plumbing and/or fire protection systems, which can include drainage systems, medical gas systems, and fire suppression systems. They are also responsible for the selecting equipment and supplies that are used in building these systems. Plumbing engineers are normally contracted by construction companies and work on a wide variety of projects. This can be a high-stress job that may require overtime. Plumbing engineers generally work in an office and at the construction site, so travel to and from sites is required.
The minimum educational requirement for plumbing engineers is generally a bachelor's degree in an engineering field. Plumbing engineers should also posses excellent knowledge of the fundamentals of engineering, as well as relevant tools such as AutoCAD to assist in drawing plans for the systems. Most companies that employ plumbing engineers expect at least five years of experience in the field. Plumbing engineers also need to possess excellent communication skills to communicate effectively with their team. They also need to have great planning and organizational skills and be able to handle a fast-paced work environment. On top of this, they should be self motivated and able to motivate their team.
Plumbing Engineer Tasks
Work with clients to identify project needs and document requirements.
Design plumbing and piping systems and document designs.
Provide subject matter expertise and recommendations to guide plumbing layout and execution.
Coordinate and collaborate to ensure projects are on schedule and under budget.