Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Team Member Spotlight

Q+A with Ahmed Qishawi

Mechanical Engineer, Dearborn

How do you describe your job to people outside of the industry?

“Every building has a mechanical system, an essential component for the building to function and remain healthy, and I design this system along with many of my colleagues.” I like to use an analogy of the human body, and people outside the industry seem to catch on with that. I describe the human body as the architect’s job, which is designing the exterior / shape of it. Then I dive into the cardiovascular system and describe how the arteries / veins are used to transport oxygen / nutrients through the body to keep it healthy, akin to a mechanical system in a building.

Why did you decide to become an engineer?

At a young age, I’ve always pondered how the mechanics of a vehicle operated. Such a sophisticated property, yet simple usage that the average American could utilize in their day-to-day life. This curiosity introduced me to the engineering field where I could understand the complexity at a high resolution.

How would you describe life at Ghafari?

Exciting! The scale of the project I’m working on at Ghafari is three times the size of the largest project I worked on with my previous employer in Canada. In addition, we are constantly allocating new team members to join our project team virtually due to COVID-19.

What is the most exciting thing that has happened during your time here?

Acquiring my Professional Engineering (PE) designation for the State of Michigan and WELL AP certificate from IWBI.

What is a key idea or lesson you have learned while working at Ghafari?

At Ghafari, the designer / engineer learns to design all systems under the mechanical discipline. This has strengthened my knowledge in the design of plumbing and fire protection systems. It also provides Ghafari with a high degree of flexibility in resourcing our team members to fill any gaps should project needs arise in the eleventh hour.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I’m a fitness enthusiast, and enjoy spending my time at the fitness center and discovering new hiking trails. During the winter, I am alpine skiing at the mountain resorts. I treasure family gatherings and spending time with loved ones.