intends to answer the most
frequently asked questions about working with Mechanical Engineering
Professionals, LLC. If you have more detailed questions, please do
not hesitate to contact us. The one main question we get that we
cannot answer in a generic way is “How much would is cost to design
a [Insert Product Name Here]?” In all product design, cost is
highly dependent on the details, the amount to be manufactured, and
the quality to which it is designed. We are happy to provide detail
estimates to clients serious about production, but hopefully this
information will be useful guidance in perhaps estimating some costs.
you work by the hour or based on a
We generally only work on a time and
materials basis. We can create a phased estimate so that our work is
phased in the product development cycle. We can give
estimates for all phases but we usually only can give close price for
next phase in a long development project as most development projects
requirements change as project progresses. See our project
development process page for a list of the common phases that
a project into.
For light contract
manufacturing, we can give set prices for assemblies. This
requires that we have already built the assembly once or more and have
established a supply chain.
much do you charge?
Please see our rates and
fees pages for
a detailed answer and explanation of our fee structure. We usually
work on a flat fee per phase structure (as mentioned above) which
varies the hourly rate. But in general our services can be estimated
based on a $140/hour rate for senior engineers.
Engineering Professionals' Rates and Fees
do we start to work with Mechanical
Engineering Professionals, LLC?
The first part
is contacting us to
start discussions on what your project entails. Most clients begin
by signing a non-disclosure agreement with us prior to discussing the
project. We are willing to sign most non-disclosure agreements as
long as they don't have any outrageous clauses (like requiring us to
break our other client's confidentiality by disclosing other projects we work on). We also have a standard
agreement which you can download by clicking on the link below.
Standard Nondisclosure Agreement
If you don't
need a nondisclosure
agreement that is fine with us as well.
The next step
would be to discuss your
project and it's requirements in detail. After we have discussed the
project with you, we will come up with an initial estimate. This
usually takes a few days. You can see an example of what an estimate
looks like by following the link below.
Example Initial Estimate
If the estimate
looks acceptable to
you, we will write it into a more detailed official statement of
work. If there was anything you wanted changed from the original
estimate we would discuss it and write the desired statement of work
with the agreed on changes. One can see an example Statement of Work
by clicking on the link below.
Example Statement of Work
of Work would become part
of a standard contract to engage us. Our standard contract can be
viewed or downloaded by clicking the link below. Note that we
adjust terms to suit a client or use another contract provided it is
contracts are signed and we
receive initial payment, work will begin immediately.