Mechanical Engineering Quality Control - Part 3 of 3

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By Vince Carucci

Previous articles in this series introduced the concept of engineering quality control, why it is important on capital projects and a general approach that may be used to implement it. This article provides more ideas for how the mechanical engineering specialist can perform this function.

As stated in an earlier article, engineering quality control does not duplicate the contractor's work. Instead, it uses a “spot-check” approach of the contractor's work in order to develop an assessment of his overall performance. It also involves spot-checking the work of major equipment vendors to assess both their performance and that of the contractor in his checking of their work. The following provides some overall guidelines that may be used to perform engineering quality control on a major capital project.

Remember that even for the items being reviewed, you are not completely redoing the contractor's work. Your intent is to concentrate on what you feel to be the most critical details, features, and calculations in each situation.

While the previous discussion was not meant to be complete and detailed, we hope that it has given you a good general idea of an approach that may be taken in performing mechanical engineering quality control on a capital project.