ENME 489V - Mechanical Contracting

3 Credits



Mack, Michael


None required.


Mechanical contracting concepts in the ‘real world’.  Specifications, drawings, proposals, cost estimates, scheduling, project bill of materials, labor costs, subcontracting, vendor quote analysis.


The major objective of ENME 489V is a real world approach to mechanical contracting and covers all aspects of a project.  Students will work in teams on a semester long project.  Interim submissions are required as the semester progresses, culminating in a full bid package at the end of the semester.  Each team makes a presentation of its final bid, with a ‘competition’, based on its proposal and presentation, to determine which team gets awarded the contract.  


  • Systems and mechanical design
  • Labor management
  • Taking off a job, estimating, bidding
  • Project planning and set-up, prefabrication
  • Project scheduling
  • The customer and commissioning
  • Control systems
  • Change orders
  • Project close out and contracting the market
  • Get a job:  What employers are seeking, transitioning into the real world 

Learning Outcomes 

  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively

Class/Laboratory Schedule 

  • One 160 minute lecture per week

Last Updated By 
Gary Pertmer, June 2017