Employee Spotlight: Trevor Combs, PE, Master Plumber, CEM, LEED AP BD+C
In 2023, Trevor Combs, PE, joined Kohrs Lonnemann Heil Engineers, Inc. (KLH Engineers), taking on the roles of senior mechanical engineer and project manager. He contributes a diverse skill set to the organization, demonstrating expertise in project management within the built environment. Trevor’s notable achievements include the successful oversight of multi-million-dollar projects, consistently delivering results that are both on-time and under budget. As a graduate from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, Trevor is also acknowledged as a Professional Engineer, holds credentials as a LEED AP BD + C, is a Certified Energy Manager, and maintains a license as a Master Plumber.
Tell us a little about your background and what made you get into the mechanical engineering field?
My journey into the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and technology (MEPFT) industry began when I joined a performance contracting and energy services group that operated within a mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) firm. My path into mechanical engineering traces back to a childhood fondness for Lego sets. Fast forward two decades and here I am.
What motivated you to pursue impressive certifications such as your PE, LEED AP BD+C, Certified Energy Manager, and Licensed Master Plumber?
I wanted to make sure I had the necessary skills to operate and progress within my field. I could see the value clients placed on these credentials and how it helped to solidify me as a subject matter expert while consulting on projects.
Describe what types of market segments and projects you design.
Prior to coming to KLH, I was focused on developing and executing projects that improved energy and operational performance in schools in the Kentucky market. I hope to continue that work and tackle new projects within the civic market here at KLH.
What do you enjoy most about mechanical engineering and project management?
I derive satisfaction from problem solving and helping a design come to completion. Providing feedback and support to owners as they navigate the feasibility of their design intentions is very fulfilling. On the flip side, I enjoy working with and learning from the design team as they work through the different aspects of interpreting an owner’s design intentions.
Are you currently working on any exciting or challenging projects?
I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to support the team on the comprehensive Kentucky State Capitol renovation. The size and complexity of this project has provided me an opportunity to learn about the challenges of renovating a historic building of this magnitude. I’m excited to keep working on projects with such scale and long-term strategy.
In addition, there are several new distilleries we have recently started designing. Much like the Kentucky State Capitol, there are unique requirements for these types of structures that provide a significant learning opportunity for me. Along with the unique system requirements, it has been fascinating to be able to join the owner meetings and observe the process requirements of distillation.
What inspires you?
I am consistently inspired as I watch our engineers navigate challenging technical issues with architects and owners. It’s a difficult task to take technically challenging topics and present them in a manner that enables an owner to make a well-informed decision on their future building.
What do you do when you’re not at the office?
I recently became a first-time dad and have a 6-month-old son! When we’re not busy with the little guy I play in sand volleyball leagues, tackle home renovation projects, travel with my wife, and spend as much time as I can with my friends and family.