Richard E. Beattie, of MEC², is a Desert Storm veteran with an extensive background in mechanical engineering.

After his Desert Storm tour with the Marine Corps, Rich joined The Trane Company as a system consultant, responsible for the design, selection, specification and sale of applied HVACR and control systems. From there, he moved on to a large mechanical contracting firm as a project engineer. By 2003, he had risen to Vice President of Construction, where he was responsible for the day-to-day management of a $20 million mechanical engineering and construction division. In 2003, he and partner Fred Kawa started MEC².

Along with a Top Secret clearance from his Marine Corps days, Rich holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Gannon University, and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Frederick B. Kawa, III, of MEC², is a veteran engineer, LEED® Accredited Professional, and manager, knowledgeable about both mechanical systems and the people who design, build and maintain them.

Even before he graduated from college, Fred began honing his engineering, management and quality control skills during a four-month co-op stint with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. From there, he moved on to CNA Insurance. While at CNA, he managed a four-state territory for the company’s Large Risk Division, inspecting large boilers and pressure vessels and analyzing risk.

Moving to a large mechanical subcontracting firm, he quickly rose to Sales Engineer, from design and client relations to estimating, sales, cost management and directing field personnel. He and Rich started MEC² in 2003.

Fred holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. He has also held national and state licenses in boiler and pressure vessel inspection.

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