Assistant Mechanical and Electrical Planner
Azadeh was introduced to the world of construction after working as a document controller at a civil engineering company. One architectural engineering degree later, Azadeh joined Mace. Now with a master's in construction project management to add to her CV, Azadeh is an assistant mechanical and electrical planner.
- What does your job involve?
- Mechanical, electrical and public health (MEP) covers pretty much everything inside a building; from air con, ventiliation, and pipeworks to fire alarms, lighting and security systems. My role involves producing a delivery programme for how all of those things will be put into the building. I then monitor it and report to the project manager and the engineers on the progress. I go to site almost every day to take pictures and get updates from the on site team.
- What do you enjoy most about your role at Mace?
- Mechanical and electrical planning is a very challenging job, but identifying the systems in the design and schematics, and developing sequence programmes are definitely the best part of my role. I get the opportunity to engage and communicate with the entire team to provide forecasts and work with them to mitigate the risks to ensure we complete each project on time and on budget.
- What skills do you need to be good at your job?
- You need to have good technical and software skills as we use different programmes for recording and reporting progress. And you need to have good communication skills as the job involves working through issues and constraints to find solutions.
- What advice would you give someone looking to get into what you do?
- Before committing to university, try to gain experience to make sure you have a passion for the industry. You can increase your knowledge later at university through long or short courses. When I joined Mace I was halfway through a master's. Mace sponsored the second year, which I was really grateful for, and it's been great to put my learning into immediate practice as I've been working.
- What might someone be surprised to know about you?
- I really love any kind of flying sport. I’ve done both paragliding and parasailing sports and I can’t wait to try even more. I've also just got into karting - I love it and I'm thinking of taking it up as a regular sport.
- If you hadn't gone into MEP, what might you have ended up doing?
- When I was a child I wanted to be a teacher but I actually think I might have ended up being a chef. In the last three years I've really got into cooking and I love experimenting with designs and recipes. Maybe I would have my own restaurant - who knows!
“Mace sponsored the second year of my master’s - it’s been great to put my learning into immediate practice as I’ve been working.”