Professional Communication and Relationships for Plumbing Engineers

Recorded On: 10/25/2019

In this age of text messaging and communicating via social media, even email is beginning to fade away as a means of everyday communication. Interaction with others by phone or in person is quickly becoming a thing of the past. This greatly affects business today as we are forgetting (or never learned) how to physically interact with people. We are unable to communicate effectively and thus are unable to build professional relationships that are vital to our time in the office as well as our time spent on-site or with clients. This presentation will address these issues. We will share some ideas for how to communicate more professionally and how to build those oh-so-important business relationships.


Joe Ficek has been a member of ASPE Chicago for more than 30 years and is a Chapter Past President. He is a CPD, GPD, and an FASPE. Joe served on the City of Chicago Year 2000 Building Code Committee. He joined Grumman/Butkus Associates in 1998, where he is an Associate. His responsibilities include the design and engineering of plumbing, fire protection, and medical gas systems and leading plumbing and fire protection work in commissioning projects.


Jason McDonald has been a member of ASPE’s Chicago Chapter for more than 20 years. He is a CPD and served two terms as the ASPE Chicago Chapter President. He joined Grumman/Butkus Associates in 1996, where he is a Project Manager specializing in plumbing, fire protection, and medical gas systems with a focus on healthcare. Jason also spent three years in Evansville, Indiana working as an Estimator and Project Manager with a mechanical contractor. In Evansville, he developed outstanding relationships with the tradespeople as well as clients and other contractors, skills that he brought back to G/BA when he returned in 2014.

This session was recorded at the 2019 Tech Symposium in Pittsburgh, PA.


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