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Mechanical Engineer

BRiC Partnership , is a vibrant mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and technology engineering firm with offices in Bellville, Illinois; Springfield, Illinois; Kirkwood, Missouri and Evansville, Indiana. We serve a variety of clients in the educational, healthcare, governmental and commercial markets.

We are seeking a Mechanical Engineer to join our Belleville, Illinois office.

Required:

  • 3+ years experience in mechanical/plumbing design
  • BS in mechanical or architectural engineering
  • Ability to work independently on assignments under guidance of senior staff
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD and Revit design software
  • Experience with Trane Trace load calculation software and energy analysis programs for LEED

Minimum Position Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for projects from schematic design through construction
  • Load calculations
  • Layout and sizing of systems
  • Specification editing
  • Coordination with architects and owners
  • Shop drawing review
  • Verification of existing site conditions (including documentation of systems above ceilings, on roofs, etc.)

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. E/O/E

Contact: moc.pihsrentrapcirbnull@ffulpj

Thermos Newsletter – December 2016

Next Meeting Announcement

‘R’ in ASHRAE

  • Date: December 5th, 2016
  • Location: Spazio Westport, 12031 Lackland Rd. in St. Louis, MO 63146

EVENT SCHEDULE:

  • 10:15am – 10:45am Registration & Networking
  • 10:45am-11:45am Tech Session: “Refrigerant Safety – Inside and Outside the Machinery Room”
  • 11:45am-1:10pm Lunch and Main Session: “Understanding safety relief systems”

Featuring Douglas T. Reindl, Ph.D., PE, Professor at University of Wisconsin – Madison. Douglas is a professor in the Departments of Engineering Professional Development and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In addition, he is the founding director of the Industrial Refrigeration Consortium (IRC) at the UW.  He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin and presently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration.

Welcome to the New Members!

Welcome them at our next meeting!

  • Joshua Chandler
  • Ryan Goewert
  • Brian Lohe – Burns & McDonnell
  • Sean Fruin – KAI
  • John Schilling – Renewaire, LLC
  • James Lablance – BRiC Partnership
  • Zach Melber – Behrmann Company
  • Matt Callaway – Hunter Engineering
  • Carly Little
  • Bruce Levitt – Etegra, Inc.
  • Marco Antonio Tamayo – Victaulic
Thanks for coming!

Thank you to everyone who attended HRATEC and the October meeting – see you at the next one!

Save the Date!

Dinner Meetings

  • 1/16/2017
  • 2/16/2017
  • 3/13/2017
  • 4/13/2017
Job Posting: Mechanical Engineer at Belleville, Illinois office

BRiC Partnership, is a vibrant mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and technology engineering firm with offices in Bellville, Illinois; Springfield, Illinois; Kirkwood, Missouri and Evansville, Indiana. We serve a variety of clients in the educational, healthcare, governmental and commercial markets.

Required:

  • 3+ years experience
  • BS in mechanical or architectural engineering
  • Ability to work independently on assignments under guidance of senior staff
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD and Revit design software
  • Experience with Trane Trace load calculation software and energy analysis programs for LEED

Minimum Position Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for projects from schematic design through construction
  • Load calculations
  • Layout and sizing of systems
  • Specification editing
  • Coordination with architects and owners
  • Shop drawing review
  • Verification of existing site conditions (including documentation of systems above ceilings, on roofs, etc.)

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. E/O/E. Contact:  moc.pihsrentrapcirbnull@ffulpj

PE Refresher Course

Are you or a colleague preparing to take the PE exam next spring? If so, consider taking the Professional Engineer Refresher Course, organized by MSPE, ASCE, and the St. Charles County Community College. The mechanical course is taught by ASHRAE member Al Black.

Please download the brochure if interested: brochure-mspe-refresher-spring-2017.

This course is not affiliated with ASHRAE St. Louis Chapter. This information is provided as a service to the chapter membership.

Board Member Highlight: Chad Adler

Read more about Chad – our Technology Awards Chair!

Chad Adler
Industry News

Pittsburgh to implement new ordinance requiring public reporting of energy efficiency, water usage

Mayor de Blasio Signs Package of Green Buildings Legislation to Spur Retrofits to Help Buildings Become More Energy Efficient

Revised Section 608 Refrigerant Management Regulations

ASHRAE/IES Publish 2016 Energy Efficiency Standard

One World Trade Center achieves LEED Gold certification

Paris Climate Agreement to enter into force on 4 November

Cooltech Applications is Partnering with Carrefour

China is losing its appetite for coal-fired power plants

ASHRAE Congratulates U.S. House Members On Passage Of Career And Technical Education Legislation

Board Member Highlight: Chad Adler

Chad is our Technology Awards Chair – read more about him below!

Chad Adler
Chad Adler
  1. Name: Chad Adler
  2. Company and Position: Johnson Controls, Account Executive
  3. What does your company do/provide? Building automation systems and HVAC equipment
  4. How long have you worked for them? How long have you worked in this industry? 8 years in the industry and all with Johnson Controls.
  5. How did you come to work in your field? I graduated in 2008 with a degree in industrial engineering with a focus on manufacturing and we all remember how manufacturing was doing in 2008. I started looking into technical sales positions and I found Johnson Controls.
  6. What is your main job function? What are you responsible for? I sell control systems for construction projects. I am responsible for take offs, estimates, budgets, and making sure my customers’ needs are met with my product line.
  7. What is the biggest challenge you face in your job? Time! It’s good to be busy but with a 16 month little girl at home I spend as much time as I can with her when I get home and find time for work when she’s asleep.
  8. What’s your favorite thing about working in this industry? I like seeing the diverse range of projects my company is involved with. We do work for universities, labs, hospitals, office buildings, government, and so on. I’ve worked on new hospitals/towers, a nuclear reactor, a prison, waste water treatment plants, research laboratories, and one of the largest geothermal projects in the area. There’s always something I haven’t seen before.
  9. What’s your least favorite thing about working in this industry? While you can be really busy sometimes, you can also be really slow at other times. The slow times are tough when people really need work.
  10. What’s your involvement in ASHRAE? I’ve been a member for 8 years and have been involved with the Technology Awards for 5 of those years. I also helped start the Young Engineers of ASHRAE group for our chapter.
  11. What is your responsibility on the Board? I take care of the annual Technology Awards for our chapter. These are the awards presented in April along with scholarships. It’s never too early to send me your projects for this year’s awards!
  12. What advice would you give someone just graduating college and starting in the HVAC world? Find the people at your company who have LOTS of experience and listen to what they have to say. These would be the old people at your office, like my boss, and are a terrific source of information.
  13. What’s something you’ve learned through your involvement in ASHRAE? Consulting engineers have a tough gig – they have to know too much about too many different subjects.
  14. What made you want to be involved in ASHRAE? (Either on the board or as a regular member.) Since I wasn’t a mechanical or electrical engineer, I thought ASHRAE would provide a good avenue for learning more about HVAC.
  15. Name one person who has been a mentor or an inspiration to you in your life (does not have to be in ASHRAE or in your professional career). Tell me about how they influenced you. Not one, but two people. My dad taught me how to treat people with respect and my mom taught me the importance of being honest and doing things the right way.
  16. Do you have a favorite sport or team? St Louis Cardinals. They win a world series about once per decade. Some other teams only do it a little less than twice per century. You’ve got some work to do Cubs.
  17. What’s your favorite type of music or favorite band? 90s alternative
  18. What’s your favorite thing to do for fun? Anything with the wife and kid away from work is a good time for me.
  19. Where is the coolest place you have traveled? Or what was the best vacation you’ve ever had? I haven’t been able to travel much but the wife and I went to Mexico for our honeymoon and climbed up the ruins of a Mayan temple. I’m not sure you can do that anymore.
  20. When you retire and have a lot more time on your hands, what will you do? I would love to travel. Whether that’s touring some baseball stadiums around the US or seeing Europe, I would just like to see some other cities/countries.

Thermos Newsletter – September 2016

Letter from the President
Chris Swallow, Chapter President
Chris Swallow, Chapter President

Well it’s that time of the year again, and I am not talking about Rams Football!  The Rams may have picked up and moved to LA but the STL ASHRAE chapter is here to stay!!  We are going to kick off the season as we always do with our Past Presidents meeting on September 12th.  As always, past presidents are invited to this meeting free of charge.  We’ll also present a special honor to our most recent past president, Jim Rosick.

I want to take a quick moment to thank a few folks for their dedication to the St. Louis Chapter.  Jessica Mangler whom has served on the BOG for the past few years has taken a new position with a firm in Seattle, Washington.  Jessica dedicated a lot of time and efforts to the Chapter during her time on the board.  The STL chapter recently obtained the highest number of PAOE points in our region due in part to a record number of points earned from Jessica’s efforts in research promotion.  We all wish Jessica the best in her new endeavors and we will keep a seat on the BOG warm for her if she ever decides to return to St. Louis.

Another member of the chapter I would like to recognize is Vinny Stanec.  Vinny graciously accepted the position of the Summer 2016 Meeting Chair several years ago, and he did not disappoint.  He assembled a great team of local ASHRAE members to put together a wonderful program this summer.  We have received nothing but positive feedback from the local, regional, and national level.  A big thank you to all the volunteers, session chairs, tour guides, etc. that made this event possible.  Most importantly to Vinny, this was a tremendous undertaking.  You did something the Rams never could, you not only took the ball across the goal line, but you spiked it, did a celebratory dance, and then took it back in for an extra two points.  The St. Louis chapter is extremely grateful for all your efforts over the past few years.

Grant Irvine has a great program line up in the works for this upcoming year.  We are going to start it off right with current ASHRAE Vice President Jim Vallort.  We look forward to another great year of record attendance.  I will close with this.  We are always looking for new faces to get involved.  We currently have several committee positions we are looking for chairs including our Grass Roots and Webmaster committees.  If you are interested in helping out please talk to me or one of the other board members at the upcoming meetings.

– Chris Swallow, Chapter President
Next Meeting Announcement

Past Presidents’ Meeting

  • Date: September 12th, 2016
  • Location: Graphic Arts Center – 105 Progress Pkwy Maryland Heights, MO 63043

EVENT SCHEDULE:

  • 10:15am – 10:45am Registration & Networking
  • 10:45am-11:45am Tech Session
  • 11:45am-1:10pm Lunch and Main Session

Featuring Distinguished Lecturer; Jim Vallort CEM, CBCP, CSDP, LEED AP

“Building Automation System Master Planning – Take Control of Your Facility’s Future” and “Intelligent Buildings – Technology is changing what is possible in the built environment”

Welcome to the New Members!

Welcome them at our next meeting!

  • Richard Sanders
  • Matthew Hochstein
  • Anthony Silistria
  • Thomas Cleary
  • Todd Wilson
  • Maxwell Klein
  • Jackson McNeal
  • Bill Williams
  • Jeremy Dorris
  • Seth Marton
  • Matthew Bridges
  • Christopher Salvatori
  • Scott Schultz
  • Dan Mareschal
  • Mark Schmalz
  • Mark Schaefer
  • Michael Duggan
Save the Date!

Lunch Meetings

  • 10/11/2016
  • 11/18/2016
  • 12/5/2016

Dinner Meetings

  • 1/16/2017
  • 2/16/2017
  • 3/13/2017
  • 4/13/2017
YEA Happy Hour

Come hangout with YEA for our September social event! Unfortunately summer is coming to an end, but what better way to deal with that than to gripe with fellow industry professionals over drinks? For September YEA will be heading to 21st Street Brewers Bar. This bar offers a huge selection of both draft and bottled beer representing every local brewery (non-beer products are available, too).  The bar also offers pool tables and several other bar games, if you need to unleash your competitive side.  We hope to see you there!

All future YEA events will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month barring special circumstances, so be sure to block out the 3rd Wednesday of each month to attend our future events!

Board Member Highlight: Gwenn Ivester

Read more about our new Attendance & Reception Chair!

Gwenn Ivester
Gwenn Ivester
My Experience at RP Centralized Training

By: Jeff Henderson, RP Chair

 ASHRAE 2016 Summer Meeting – Summary Report

By: Vinny Stanec, Host Committee Chair

New ASHRAE Fellow: Robert L. Towell

By: Steve Duda, Honors & Awards Chair

CRC Planning Update

The CRC-2017 committee is hard at work now that the ASHRAE summer meeting is in the past. The venue, speakers, and major planning is mostly done, and now we move on to covering the details. We are still seeking extra help in several areas, so if you have some time to give, please let us know. We are also soliciting sponsors for the event, either local firms engaged in the HVAC industry or national manufacturers looking for exposure to the industry. Contact Chris Pelton or myself to find out more about the various sponsorship levels.

Student Activities

Seeking Co-Chair: If you are interested in becoming more involved in our local ASHRAE chapter this is an easy, low time commitment introduction. I am seeking a Co-Chair to join me so that we can offer more assistance to the student branches.

Call for Volunteers: A number student chapters are seeking presenters for their ASHRAE student chapters. As a reminder the student branches are SIU-E, SIU-C, Missouri S&T, and Mizzou.  If you are interested, please contact the Student Activities Chair, Danny McGrail, at moc.rabssornull@liargcmd.

Scholarships: As a reminder Society scholarship applications are due December 1st. Please encourage any undergraduates interested in the HVAC&R industry to apply. More scholarship information available at https://www.ashrae.org/scholarship

2016 ASHRAE Scholarship Golf Outing

By: Brian Ingenthron, Special Events

Industry News

GE Joins MIT Energy Initiative to Develop Advanced Technology Solutions for Transforming Global Energy Systems

First solar-powered apartment skyscraper to rise in Melbourne

Reports: Fukushima Ice Wall Is Showing Little Success at Preventing Groundwater Inflows

Median Installed Price of Solar in the United States Fell by 5-12% in 2015