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Steven R. Calabrese
Sales Engineer
Control Engineering Corp.


Steve Calabrese


Professional Information

Steve Calabrese attended the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and graduated in 1990 with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering. He began his HVAC career as a design engineer at Air Comfort Corporation, a family-owned mechanical services company. In 1993, Steve went to work for Midwest Mechanical Construction Company, a large, full service mechanical contractor serving the greater Chicagoland area. During his eleven years there, Steve migrated through various roles as mechanical systems designer, control systems engineer, controls group manager, and engineering manager.

In 2003 Steve’s book, Practical Controls: A Guide to Mechanical Systems, was published. Steve brings his mechanical contracting experiences to this writing, and offers practical approaches to control systems issues.

In 2004 Steve left the mechanical contracting end of the industry to go to work for what is now Chicagoland’s branch office of Automated Logic Corporation. As a project manager, Steve’s day-to-day operations included engineering and estimating, control systems design and consultation, parts selection and procurement, installation management and field supervision, startup and commissioning support, and project fiscal and schedule management.

In 2008, Steve joined Control Engineering Corp. as a sales engineer, and is currently bidding projects in the retrofit/negotiated work markets, as well as the plan/spec markets.

As a member of several professional associations, Steve actively participates in local seminars and training endeavors. He attributes his HVAC knowledge and expertise to working many years for a mechanical contractor, and couples his broad mechanical knowledge and experience with a strong background in the area of electricity and electronics. You can visit his website at

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