Since 1951, the U.S. has celebrated the contributions of engineers on the week of George Washington’s birthday. Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), ‘EWeek’ promotes a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing a general understanding of, and interest in, engineering and technology careers. Every year EWeek reaches thousands of schools, businesses, and community groups across the U.S.
In honor of EWeek, we’re putting the spotlight on some of our building engineers, asking why they think engineering is important, what they love about their roles and how they feel about our industry.
Some thoughts from our engineers
“I’ve always wanted to be an engineer to make the way we live more efficient and sustainable. I think the building industry is really ripe with opportunity – it’s been ‘business as usual’ for so long and there is a lot of room for improvement. There is a good mix of both low hanging fruit and more challenging, high hanging fruit to aspire to.
The holistic view that Switch can provide into not only a single building, but even a whole portfolio of buildings gives us an opportunity to start picking these orchards on a scale that we have yet to see in the industry. I see the digitization of buildings as a really important first step to open windows into both operational and organizational processes so that we can start improving efficiency in a way that will really impact the globe.”
“I love working with smart buildings because of the creativity and problem solving required to make all the intricate little details work together to achieve a larger vision, whether they be sustainability goals or improved experience.
We are currently in a climate crisis. We cannot keep operating buildings the same way. There is a huge amount of opportunity in the buildings industry to leverage technology to increase efficiency, create healthy environments, and reduce the industry’s contributions to climate change.
Technology is not the solution – it’s a piece of the solution. At Switch, we understand the limitations of existing building systems that must be addressed and build tools to improve the workflow and enable owners, operators, and users to leverage their data to achieve these goals.”
“I like being an engineer because I enjoy applying technical knowledge to optimize systems and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Engineering is definitely an important element of decarbonizing the built environment because high performance buildings require technical expertise at the end of the day.
It is exciting to work in the smart building industry because it feels nascent – things are new, changing fast, and there is always something fresh to learn and work on. I think the Switch Platform has a unique set of technical capabilities that make smart building solutions possible that are fully integrated, actionable, and scalable.”
“Every day, I see engineers striving to deepen our shared understanding and capabilities. I’m really proud of our building engineers who are bringing new data connectivity, accessibility and a platform for iteration to buildings. Here at Switch, we’re connecting disparate data sources, human and device intelligence to improve our collective intelligence.”
It’s an exciting time at Switch as we continue to expand our global presence through customer success, business development and brand awareness. Our engineering team is growing at a rapid pace – check out our current vacancies in the U.S., Australia and more.