Maintain and configure computer software for your company.
It’s been said that too much of a good thing is no good at all. A Chef can demonstrate that concept by making chocolate cake with mocha frosting and a fudge ice cream topping. The taste buds are simply overwhelmed!
An Illuminating Engineer faces the same problem. Designing a system without enough light can cause people to trip, get lost, or feel unsafe. However, creating a system that floods the space with illumination can make users feel as though they’re on the operating table, 24/7. An Illuminating Engineer rides a delicate balance, striving to provide just the right amount of brightness.
As an Illuminating Engineer, you work closely with a building’s owners as well as the Contractors and Engineers who’ve been hired to build the project. As a team, you discuss what the project will look like and what it’s designed to do. After this meeting, you determine how much light is required as per the law for that building’s usage. While a hospital may need a significant amount of light, for example, a standard office may not.
In a series of drawings, you dictate where the fixtures will be placed, and you detail the lighting options you think will work best for that project. Shopping for these lights can be fun, but you remember to be realistic. Asking for drop chandeliers to illuminate a factory warehouse may not engender love from your clients.
When construction begins, you make a series of trips to supervise and ensure that the installation is going according to your drawings. Often, you take light meter readings just to check your plans.