Mechanical engineering is one part of MEP engineering. Engineers in the mechanical discipline are responsible for designing heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems for buildings.
MEP stands for Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing. So, MEP Engineering is a more straightforward way of saying Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing engineering. A firm that offers MEP engineering services is one that provides mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services.
Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing are referred to as technical disciplines in professional engineering service. For example, other disciplines include civil and structural engineering.
MEP engineers partner with other disciplines to help design buildings. For example, K-12 school buildings, office buildings, and government buildings all have mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers collaborate frequently. The design of one system impacts the design of another. When designing large commercial buildings, it is critical that these three disciplines work together to provide a successfully integrated design. That’s why it is common to see larger consulting firms offering all three engineering services.