Meet Doug Lucht, a mechanical engineer for Sebesta Blomberg & Associates.

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My name is Doug Lucht. I am a mechanical engineer for Sebesta Blomberg & Associates. Most of my work focuses on mechanical and HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) systems for commercial buildings. We help size, design, troubleshoot, and commission systems to improve the building’s energy efficiency.

Engineering essentially is using math and science to try to predict the future. For us, we’re using math and science to understand how a building will perform and consume energy before we ever start construction. My engineering specialty is in HVAC. Essentially, my responsibilities include the design of these systems for new buildings, conducting studies or upgrades on systems in existing buildings, and working with contractors during construction to make sure systems are built and installed in a way that is consistent with our intent.

Being an HVAC engineer in Minnesota has its own challenges. In this climate, you’re exposed to so many temperature and humidity extremes. It’s much different than being an engineer in California. For us, we have to design systems for days with temperatures that are more than a hundred degrees as well as for days when the temperature is well below zero.

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