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Peter McConaughy, P.E.

McCon Engineering, Inc.

Posted June 27, 2019


A decade of interacting with horses has helped Peter McConaughy become a better consulting engineer.


“The idea of communicating with a 1,200-pound animal and, just on a thought, having him turn or walk or stop or take a gallop is amazing,” McConaughy said. “Humans have become so dependent on verbal communication that we have grown dull at communicating non-verbally.”


But years of learning how to communicate effectively and non-verbally with horses has given McConaughy a new understanding of how to communicate with people in life and in his profession.


“I have learned that talking louder doesn’t make my statement any more correct. I have learned that rather than just talk, I need to tune in and listen. I might not always be right and there might be another perspective… I have learned to be patient and understand that a person’s words might not be exactly what they mean. And all of these are things I learned from my horse,” he said.


The founder and president of McCon Engineering in Kingsville started his career not as an engineer, but as a carpenter. Uncertain of what career to pursue after high school, McConaughy completed some small home-improvement projects for his parents and neighbors, then worked as a framing carpenter. Realizing that he had a natural aptitude for working with his hands, could readily visualize framing for construction projects, and loved building things, McConaughy decided to pursue a degree in structural engineering from the University of Maryland.

He worked at several large firms, engineering bridges and buildings and gaining 

experience in concrete design, steel design, post and beam construction, concrete tilt-up construction, and industrial plant engineering. When he felt he had gained enough experience to go solo, he started his own company.


McCon Engineering provides structural engineering for commercial and industrial buildings, pedestrian bridges, retaining walls and other structures, but its main clientele is residential architects seeking framing plans for high-end, custom homes. McConaughy also takes special pleasure in coming alongside homeowners to help them with structural issues in their homes.


A member of the MDSPE board, McConaughy said the organization expands his professional knowledge. “I am brushing shoulders with other engineers on multiple subjects that are of interest to the engineering community at large. These are topics I would not be wrestling with if I was just working in my home office. My involvement with MDSPE has elevated my vision of the broader engineering community.”








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