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What is a Millwright?

Wednesday, November 8th, 2023

In the vast world of industrial machinery, there exists a specialized group of craftspeople known as millwrights. These skilled individuals play a crucial role in assembling, installing, and maintaining the intricate machinery that powers various industries. From factories and power plants to refineries and manufacturing facilities, millwrights ensure the smooth operation of heavy machinery. Egan Company millwrights have been working on projects across the Twin Cities since 1999, and are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to assist you. 


A millwright is a highly skilled tradesperson who specializes in the installation, maintenance, repair, and dismantling of heavy machinery found in industrial settings, such as factories, power plants, construction sites, and manufacturing facilities. The term “millwright” has historical roots, referring to those who originally worked on flour mills and other mechanical systems.


  • Machinery Installation: Millwrights are experts at assembling and installing large-scale machinery, including conveyor systems, turbines, generators, pumps, compressors, and other intricate equipment. They interpret engineering drawings, align components, and ensure everything is properly connected.
  • Machinery Maintenance: Millwrights are responsible for conducting regular inspections, preventive maintenance, and repairs on machinery to ensure optimal performance and prevent breakdowns. They use diagnostic tools, such as vibration analysis equipment, to detect potential issues before they escalate.
  • Machinery Repair: When machinery malfunctions or breaks down, millwrights spring into action. They troubleshoot the problem, identify faulty components, and replace or repair them accordingly. This involves working with various tools, such as wrenches, welding equipment, precision measuring instruments, and even computerized diagnostic software.
  • Machinery Alignment: Precision is critical in the functioning of machinery. Millwrights meticulously align and level equipment, ensuring all parts are properly positioned and calibrated to meet exact specifications. This involves using specialized laser alignment tools and techniques.
  • Safety and Compliance: Millwrights prioritize safety and adhere to strict occupational health and safety regulations. They take precautionary measures to secure machinery, install safety guards, and implement lockout/tagout procedures to protect workers from accidents during maintenance or repair activities.


  • Millwrights possess a deep understanding of mechanical principles and systems, enabling them to comprehend complex machinery and troubleshoot issues effectively.
  • They are well-versed in using various tools, machinery, and equipment relevant to their trade, including welding machines, cutting torches, rigging gear, and precision measurement instruments.
  • Millwrights can interpret technical drawings, schematics, and blueprints, allowing them to understand equipment specifications and assemble machinery accurately.
  • Millwrights excel at analyzing and solving complex mechanical problems. They possess a sharp eye for detail, can think critically, and approach challenges with a systematic mindset.
  • The job of a millwright often requires working in physically demanding environments, climbing heights, and maneuvering heavy machinery. Physical fitness, agility, and adaptability are essential attributes.

Millwrights are the backbone of industrial machinery, silently ensuring the smooth operation and longevity of vital equipment. Their expertise in installation, maintenance, and repair plays a significant role in keeping industries running efficiently. At Egan, our expert millwrights will assist you on projects big and small. From the moment a massive piece of machinery arrives at a site to its regular upkeep and occasional repair, Egan’s millwright workers are the skilled professionals who handle it all. Egan Millwright Specialties> 

What is a Glazing System?

Thursday, October 26th, 2023

In commercial architecture, glazing systems are a fundamental element in building design. Glazing systems offer a seamless integration of glass within aluminum or steel framing systems, transforming the way we experience and interact with buildings. Glazing systems incorporate a wide range of techniques, materials, and technologies that enable the incorporation of glass elements into the design of structures. The primary purpose of glazing systems is to achieve a balance between transparency, natural light, energy efficiency, thermal comfort, and visual appeal all while keeping occupants inside the building comfortable. At Egan, our InterClad team are the experts in storefront, curtain wall, window wall, and glass and glazing. When it comes to the design, engineering, and installation of these systems, Egan will be there to assist you. 


Glazing systems rely on glass panels for transparency and natural light transmission that are supported 

by sturdy frameworks and sealed to ensure a weatherproof installation. There are various thermal features in these systems that enhance energy efficiency. Together, these elements create visually appealing and sustainable building envelopes.

  • GLASS PANELS: At the core of any glazing system lies a glass panel. It is the primary component that allows for transparency and facilitates the transmission of natural light into a building’s interior space. Glass panels come in various types, including heat strengthened glass, tempered glass, laminated glass, and insulated glass units (IGUs), each with specific properties suited for different applications.
  • STRUCTURAL SUPPORT: Glazing systems rely on a robust framework to support and hold the glass panels in place. The structural support can be made of aluminum, steel, or other materials with the necessary strength and stability to withstand external forces such as wind and seismic activity. The framework provides the necessary rigidity while also allowing for the desired aesthetics and architectural form.
  • SEALING AND WEATHERPROOFING: To ensure the longevity and performance of the glazing system, proper sealing and weatherproofing  measures are essential. Sealants, gaskets, and weatherstripping is used to create an airtight and watertight barrier between the glass panels and the supporting structure. This helps prevent moisture infiltration, air leakage, and thermal inefficiencies, maintaining a comfortable indoor environment.
  • INSULATION AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Glazing systems can incorporate insulation features to improve energy efficiency and thermal performance. Double glazing or triple glazing with sealed air or gas-filled gaps between the glass layers minimize heat transfer, reducing energy consumption for heating and cooling purposes. Low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings can also be applied to glass surfaces to enhance insulation properties and control solar heat gain.

Glazing systems offer a blend of aesthetics, functionality, and sustainability. Egan’s experienced InterClad team is committed to sustainability and has built hundreds of commercial projects by developing, installing, and maintaining their glazing systems. Dig deeper into InterClad services > to learn more about how they can help you achieve your sustainability goal!

What does a Limited Energy Technician do?

Thursday, October 5th, 2023

Technology permeates nearly every aspect of our lives and the demand for skilled professionals in various technical fields continues to grow. Among these professionals, Limited Energy Technicians play a vital role in ensuring the efficient operation and maintenance of crucial low-voltage electrical systems.

A Limited Energy Technician—also known as a Low-Voltage Technician or Power-Limited Technician—specializes in the installation, maintenance, and repair of low-voltage electrical systems. These systems typically include security and surveillance systems, fire alarms, data networks, audiovisual (AV) equipment, telecommunications systems, and various other electronic devices.

Since 1989, Egan Company has specialized in low voltage and technology systems. With over 50 skilled limited energy technicians, Egan works on a wide range of projects, including stadiums/arenas, corporate offices, education buildings, housing, manufacturing facilities, and more.


  • Installation: Limited Energy Technicians are responsible for the proper installation of low-voltage systems. This involves interpreting drawings, planning the layout of wiring and equipment, and executing installations according to industry standards and local regulations.
  • Maintenance and Repair: They perform routine maintenance tasks to ensure the optimal functioning of low-voltage systems. This includes inspecting, testing, and troubleshooting systems to identify and resolve any issues that may arise. Limited Energy Technicians must be adept at diagnosing problems and implementing effective solutions promptly.
  • System Upgrades: As technology advances, Limited Energy Technicians play a key role in upgrading existing systems to keep pace with changing requirements. They assess system performance, recommend upgrades or modifications, and implement necessary changes to improve efficiency and functionality.
  • Collaboration: Limited Energy Technicians often work closely with other professionals, such as electrical engineers, project managers, and clients, to ensure seamless integration of low-voltage systems with broader infrastructure. Effective communication and teamwork skills are essential in this collaborative environment.
  • Compliance and Safety: Limited Energy Technicians are well-versed in local building codes and safety regulations. They ensure that all installations and repairs adhere to these guidelines to guarantee the safety and well-being of the occupants and the longevity of the systems.


The role of a Limited Energy Technician is integral to the successful operation of low-voltage electrical systems. Their expertise in installation, maintenance, repair, and system upgrades ensures the efficient functioning of security, telecommunications, and other electronic systems in any commercial or industrial facility. Whether you have a low voltage need or if you are looking to learn more about a career in the trade, Egan Company is your go-to resource. Explore Egan’s Limited Energy offerings further >

What Does a Plumber Do Each Day? 

Monday, September 25th, 2023

In our daily lives, we rely on numerous systems of infrastructure to keep our businesses running smoothly: one of which is a plumbing system. Behind the scenes, there are skilled professionals who keep plumbing systems working and operating smoothly. Plumbers possess expertise and knowledge to ensure that installations, repairs, and maintenance of plumbing in new buildings, renovations, and remodels operate effectively for their inhabitants. A plumber’s work looks different everyday, especially in commercial settings due to the variety of piping systems installed. Work ranges from installation and repairs to maintenance and inspections, or even same-day emergency services. 


One of the primary responsibilities of a plumber is the installation and repair of plumbing systems. They work with intricate networks of pipes, fixtures, and fittings, ensuring proper connections and functionality. Plumbers carefully install and repair water supply lines, sewage systems, gas lines, and drainage systems, adhering to local building codes and safety standards. They are also responsible for the installation of medical gas systems in hospitals. Plumbers utilize a variety of tools and techniques to address leaks, blockages, burst pipes, and other plumbing emergencies efficiently.


Prevention is always better than cure, and plumbers play a vital role in maintaining plumbing systems to prevent major issues from arising. Regular maintenance checks are conducted by plumbers to identify potential problems before they escalate. They inspect pipes, drains, and fixtures, looking for signs of damage, wear and tear, or impending issues. By conducting routine inspections, plumbers can offer suggestions for maintenance, repairs, or replacements, ensuring optimal system performance.


Plumbing emergencies can strike at any time, often requiring immediate attention. Plumbers are available round the clock to respond to such situations. Whether it’s a burst pipe, a leak, or a malfunctioning water heater, plumbers tackle emergencies swiftly and effectively. 


Whether you have a plumbing need or if you are looking to learn more about a career in the trade, Egan Company is your go-to resource. Explore Egan’s Mechanical offerings further >


Tuesday, September 19th, 2023

In the world of automation and industrial control systems, there’s one component that plays a critical role in managing and controlling complex processes. This component is known as a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). A PLC is a special purpose computer employed in industrial processes to automate control systems. It is a rugged and reliable piece of hardware designed to withstand harsh industrial environments, making it ideal for use in factories, power plants, assembly lines, and other industrial settings. PLCs are primarily used to monitor and control machinery, equipment, and processes, facilitating efficient and precise operations. From PLC upgrades and installations to fabricating new I/O control panels and wiring, Egan Company is your resource when it comes to unmatched control system integration and engineering expertise.


PLCs consist of three primary components: a central processing unit (CPU), input modules, and output modules. The CPU acts as the brain, executing programs and coordinating the communication between inputs and outputs. Input modules are responsible for receiving signals from various sensors and switches, such as temperature sensors, pressure transducers, or limit switches, while output modules are responsible for controlling actuators, such as motors, solenoid valves, or relays. The PLC can also communicate with smart devices such as servo drives and VFDs.

The programming of PLCs is done using specialized software, allowing control engineers to create logic-based programs that define the behavior of the PLC. These programs are typically written using ladder logic, a graphical programming language that represents control circuits in a logical and intuitive manner. Additionally, PLC programming languages can include function block diagrams (FBD), structured text (ST), and sequential function charts (SFC).


PLCs offer several advantages over PC-based control, making them a preferred choice in industrial automation. Some key benefits of using PLCs include:

  • Flexibility: PLCs can be easily reprogrammed or modified to accommodate changes in the manufacturing process, making them highly flexible and adaptable.
  • Reliability: PLCs are built to operate in harsh environments with high levels of vibration, temperature fluctuations, and electrical noise. Their rugged design ensures reliable performance and reduces the risk of downtime.
  • Centralized Control: PLCs enable centralized control of multiple devices, eliminating the need for separate controllers for each machine or process. This centralized approach improves coordination of separate steps of a manufacturing process as well as simplifying troubleshooting.
  • Fault Detection and Diagnostics: PLCs provide advanced diagnostic capabilities, allowing for real-time monitoring and detection of faults. This feature aids in proactive maintenance and reduces downtime.

By providing reliable, flexible, and efficient control, PLCs have revolutionized industrial automation. When it comes to control system integration and engineering, Egan Company is your partner. Check out Egan’s Latest PLC Upgrade>

What is the Difference Between Industrial and Commercial Electrical?

Tuesday, September 12th, 2023

Electrical infrastructure demands tailor electrical systems to suit unique requirements. The two domains, industrial and commercial, each have a distinct set of challenges and necessities. While both rely on electricity to power their operations, understanding the differences between industrial and commercial electrical systems is essential for professionals working in the field. As your resource in the electrical industry, Egan Company is an expert in both industrial and commercial electrical.


Industrial electrical systems are designed to cater to the complex demands of manufacturing plants, factories, and heavy industries. These settings typically involve large-scale machinery, equipment, and industrial processes that consume substantial amounts of power. Key features that differentiate industrial electrical systems:

  • Power Capacity: Industrial electrical systems are engineered to handle high power loads. They require robust infrastructure, including high-voltage substations, transformers, and switchgear, capable of managing substantial electrical currents.
  • Three-Phase Power: Industrial settings often employ three-phase power systems to distribute electricity efficiently. Three-phase power offers better performance for motor-driven equipment and provides a more balanced and stable power supply.
  • Motor Control: Industrial electrical systems frequently involve motor control centers (MCCs) to manage the operation of motors and associated equipment. MCCs enable centralized control, protection, and monitoring of various motors across the facility.
  • Hazardous Environments: Industrial environments may present hazardous conditions such as explosive atmospheres, high temperatures, or corrosive substances. Therefore, industrial electrical systems must comply with stringent safety regulations, employing specialized equipment like explosion-proof enclosures and intrinsically safe wiring.


Commercial electrical systems, on the other hand, cater to non-industrial environments, including office buildings, retail spaces, educational institutions, and healthcare facilities. While these settings may not have the same power demands as industrial sectors, they have their own unique requirements. Characteristics of commercial electrical systems:

  • Lighting and HVAC: Commercial spaces emphasize lighting and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. These systems consume a significant portion of the energy load, and electrical infrastructure is designed to support their operation efficiently.
  • Single-Phase Power: Unlike industrial settings, most commercial electrical systems utilize single-phase power distribution. Single-phase power is suitable for lighter loads and is commonly used for lighting, small appliances, and general office equipment.
  • Outlets and Circuitry: Commercial spaces require ample electrical outlets to accommodate various electronic devices and equipment. Adequate circuitry planning is crucial to ensure proper distribution of power, prevent overloading, and maintain safety standards.
  • Fire and Life Safety Systems: Commercial buildings incorporate fire alarm systems, emergency lighting, exit signs, and other life safety measures. These systems must be integrated into the electrical infrastructure to ensure the safety of occupants during emergencies.

Distinctions between industrial and commercial electrical systems is crucial for electrical engineers, contractors, and facility managers, as it enables them to design, install, and maintain electrical infrastructure tailored to the unique demands of each sector. At Egan, leading electricians have worked on thousands of electrical construction projects. Whether your requirements entail low voltage solutions or solar engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services, we proudly stand as the preferred contractor for your needs.


Thursday, July 20th, 2023

Building Automation Systems (BAS) are essential for managing the complex systems in commercial and industrial buildings. They control everything from HVAC and lighting to security and energy management. But as technology changes, so do BAS systems. If you want your BAS to continue to be effective in the future, it needs to be future-ready. Partnering with Egan Company, your system will be ready for all of the changes to come.

Here are a few reasons why your BAS needs to be future-ready:

  • Technology is constantly evolving: The technology that BAS systems are built on is constantly evolving. New technologies are emerging all the time, and it’s important for BAS systems to be able to adapt to these new technologies. For example, BAS systems are now beginning to use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to improve efficiency and optimize performance.
  • Building requirements are changing: The requirements for buildings are also changing. Buildings are becoming more energy efficient, more sustainable, and more secure. BAS systems need to be able to adapt to these changing requirements. For example, BAS systems can now be used to monitor and control energy consumption, track carbon emissions, and manage security systems.
  • The needs of building occupants are changing: The needs of the people who occupy buildings are also changing. People are demanding more comfortable, healthier, and more productive environments. BAS systems can be used to improve comfort, air quality, and productivity. For example, BAS systems can be used to control lighting, ventilation, and temperature to create a more comfortable environment via improved occupant sensing without operator or user interactions.

If you want your BAS to continue to be effective in the future, it needs to be future-ready. Here are a few things to look for in a future-ready BAS:

  • Open architecture: a future-ready BAS should have an open architecture that allows it to be easily integrated with new technologies. This will make it easier to adapt the BAS to changing requirements and needs.
  • Scalability: a future-ready BAS should be scalable so that it can be easily expanded to accommodate new systems and devices. This will allow the BAS to grow with your building.
  • Security: a future-ready BAS should be secure to protect your building from unauthorized access and cyberattacks.
  • Ease of use: a future-ready BAS should be easy to use so that you can easily manage it. This will save you time and money.

If you’re considering upgrading your BAS, be sure to choose a system that is future-ready. This will ensure that your BAS can continue to meet your needs for years to come. Contact Egan Company today to learn more about our future-ready BAS solutions and how we can help you improve the efficiency, comfort, security, and compliance of your building.


Wednesday, June 7th, 2023

In today’s world, sustainable practices and green building initiatives have gained significant importance. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a green building certification program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED certification is awarded to buildings that meet certain standards for energy efficiency, water conservation, materials selection, indoor environmental quality, and innovation.

As businesses and individuals strive to reduce their environmental footprint, earning LEED  certification has emerged as a notable accomplishment. Simply put, LEED certification validates a building’s commitment to sustainability and offers a roadmap to eco-friendly construction.


Commercial building projects can pursue different LEED rating systems based on their unique characteristics and goals. The available options include LEED for Building Design and Construction (BD+C), LEED for Interior Design and Construction (ID+C), and LEED for Operations and Maintenance (O+M). Each rating system caters to specific stages of a building’s life cycle, ensuring comprehensive sustainability practices from inception to operation.


  1. Project Registration: Developers register their commercial building project with the USGBC and select the appropriate LEED rating system.
  2. Documentation and Compliance: Detailed documentation and evidence must be provided to demonstrate compliance with LEED prerequisites and credits. This may include architectural plans, material specifications, energy models, and sustainability reports.
  3. LEED Certification Levels: Buildings can earn different levels of certification based on the number of points accumulated. These levels include Certified (40-49 points), Silver (50-59 points), Gold (60-79 points), and Platinum (80+ points). The more points earned, the higher the level of certification achieved.
  4. Verification and Review: The USGBC reviews the documentation and conducts an on-site inspection to verify the building’s compliance with LEED requirements. This rigorous process ensures the integrity and credibility of LEED-certified buildings.


Maintaining LEED certification is an ongoing commitment. This maintenance includes monitoring energy usage, water consumption, indoor air quality, and other key performance indicators to ensure continued compliance with LEED standards. 

By earning LEED certification, commercial buildings demonstrate their commitment to sustainability, reaping the benefits of reduced operational costs, improved occupant satisfaction, and a positive impact on the environment. As the world moves towards a greener future, LEED certification remains a beacon of excellence for the built environment.

If considering pursuing LEED certification for a commercial building, there are a number of resources available; check out the USGBC website which has resources as well as detailed information about LEED certification.

Soaking up the Sun with Renewable Energy

Monday, May 22nd, 2023

The U.S. solar industry continues to grow and Egan Company has found a front-row seat to this action, with business increasing over the last few years. Whether you’re like Sheryl Crow and looking to “Soak Up The Sun”, businesses are taking advantage of this natural resource through solar panels.

Businesses looking to reduce their environmental impact, save money, and/or improve their energy independence should consider investing in solar power.


The world continues to shift toward renewable energy, and one of the most promising sources is solar power. Solar energy is clean, renewable, and abundant. In recent years, many large solar projects have been completed around the U.S., and they continue to be developed at a rapid pace in our local markets.

This uptick in renewables is often attributed to solar energy becoming more efficient and affordable to harness. Similarly, panels can be placed anywhere the sun shines. Commercial solar energy systems can be installed as a ground mount system or a rooftop system; they can range in size from small systems that power a single office to large installations utilized by power companies for residential and commercial customers. All of these systems generate electricity from sunlight, which is captured by photovoltaic cells in the solar panels.

Why commercial and industrial facilities are investing in solar:

  1. Cost savings: Installing solar can help businesses save money on their energy bills by generating their own electricity and reducing their reliance on the grid. Over time, the savings from reduced energy bills can help businesses recoup the system’s cost.
  2. Environmental benefits: By using solar power, businesses can reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to a cleaner environment. This can also help improve their public image and reputation, which can be beneficial for attracting customers and employees who value sustainability.
  3. Energy independence: Solar allows businesses to generate their own electricity, reducing their dependence on traditional energy sources. This can help insulate them from rising energy costs and power outages.
  4. Long-term investment: Solar has a long lifespan and requires minimal maintenance, making them a reliable and cost-effective long-term investment for businesses.
  5. Incentives and tax credits: Thanks to a pro-renewables U.S. government administration and increased concern over climate change, many incentives and tax credits are available to businesses that invest in solar power, making it even more cost-effective and attractive.

For nearly 15 years, Egan has continued to support solar projects providing for a cleaner and more sustainable future. From solar farms to rooftop unit installations, 160+ MW of power have been produced from these sites. 

More recently, the Egan team has embarked on its biggest solar project yet: Hoot Lake Solar >


Saturday, May 20th, 2023

Building Automation Systems (BAS) are essential for managing the complex operation sof commercial, institutional, residential, and industrial buildings. They control everything from HVAC and lighting to security and energy management. But as technology changes, so do BAS systems – that’s why the Egan Company team has your back on all things upgrades. 

If you have a legacy BAS system, it’s important to consider upgrading to a newer system. A modern BAS system can help you save energy, improve comfort, increase security, and reduce downtime. It can also help you meet current regulations and avoid compliance issues.

Here are some of the benefits of upgrading your outdated BAS:

  • Increased energy efficiency: a modern BAS system can help you save energy by automatically adjusting the temperature and humidity levels in your building based on occupancy and weather conditions. This can lead to significant cost savings on your energy bills.
  • Improved comfort: a modern BAS system can help you maintain comfortable temperatures and humidity levels in your building, even when the weather outside is extreme. This can lead to increased employee satisfaction and productivity.
  • Enhanced security: a modern BAS system can help you improve the security of your building by monitoring access points, detecting unauthorized activity, and controlling access to sensitive areas. This can help you protect your people, property, and data from unauthorized access.
  • Reduced downtime: a modern BAS system is more reliable and less likely to experience downtime than an outdated system. This can help you avoid disruptions to your operations and inconvenience to your tenants or customers.
  • Compliance with regulations: a modern BAS system can help you comply with current regulations, such as those governing energy efficiency and security. This can help you avoid fines or other penalties.

If you’re considering upgrading your outdated BAS, be sure to work with a qualified BAS integrator that can help you choose the right system for your needs and budget as well as complete the  installation and commissioning process. Contact Egan Company today to learn more about how we can help you upgrade your outdated BAS and improve the efficiency, comfort, security, and compliance of your building.