Senior Piping Designer

Lombard, IL
Piping & Plant Layout – Designer /
Full Time /
Valdes is a 200-person, multidisciplinary, engineering, architecture, and project management company with an expert focus on technical excellence. Every client project is assigned a dedicated team of professionals who provide personalized services and solutions. The Valdes success model consists of streamlined work processes, attention to detail, technical expertise, and an unyielding commitment to client satisfaction, safety and quality.
Valdes is guided by our purpose statement: We are talented people who thrive and achieve extraordinary results for our customers. 

Our core values reflect who we are, how we perform and what we aspire to:
Integrity            Critical Thinking              Excellence               Teamwork              Passion 

Valdes proudly executes all work in the United States to maintain the utmost quality for our clients. We are a certified Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) and hold the following certifications:
National Minority Supplier Development Council - MBE Certification
Illinois Department of Central Management Services - BEP Certification 
City of Chicago - MBE Certification
California Public Utilities Commission, The Supplier Clearinghouse - MBE Certification


    • Extensive knowledge of the Piping and Plant layout discipline with capabilities and the initiative to perform the following task while supervising/mentoring junior staff
    • Provide accurate detail piping design per project requirement in accordance with scope, budget, and schedule as assigned by project lead
    • Provide on-site field assistance as required per project assignment
    • Plan, facilitate, or conduct 3D model design reviews
    • Perform difficult and complex design calculations
    • Provide 2D or 3D design documents as required per project “list of deliverables”
    • Check design documents for quality and accuracy
    • Provide information for inter-discipline coordination.
    • Participate in project coordination meetings
    • Make recommendations to improve department work flow process
    • Develop and /or improve department standards, including templates and design guides.
    • Supervise, coordinate, manage, design work for multiple projects of small to medium sizes in parallel
    • Provide direction and day-to-day oversight of assigned subordinates
    • Provide man-hour engineering estimates
    • Mentor understudies within piping department
    • Responsible and accountable for the performance of assigned designers / drafters
    • Generate “Engineering Change Notice “ before the start of all out of scope work
    • Develop piping construction scope of work document
    • Ownership of project, including quality, budget and schedule
    • Review of vendor drawings
    • All other duties as assigned 


    • Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in engineering technology or equivalent experience
    • 8+ years of experience working in the design field with BSET degree or 12+ years of experience without degree
    • Eligible to work in the US without requiring sponsorship now or in the future

Technical Competencies

    • 8+ years of technical experience in piping design
    • The ability to proactively resolve technical design problems
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • The ability to communicate detailed information to both client and project team 
    • Ability to articulate complex ideas to co-workers and management
    • Extensive knowledge of  2D and 3D AutoCAD software.
    • Ability to use design and/or CAD software to perform design tasks

Competencies and Skill Sets:

    • Strong  Microsoft Office experience
    • Knowledge of  multi-discipline project design execution and construction sequence
    • Strong piping design knowledge of major equipment and structures
    • Creative thinking in providing new solutions to design problems 
    • Ability to provide nozzle and platform orientations per project requirements
    • Knowledge of piping design requirements for in-line instrumentation
    • Understand stress analysis and its application
    • Ability to generate a construction scope of work document

People Skills

    • Personable and able to work easily with others at all levels
    • Ability to handle difficult individuals and remain calm when employees or clients are confrontational
    • Ability to work independently or in a team environment
    • Maintain a positive and professional relationship with co-workers and other discipline engineers
    • Extroverted personality, able to initiate and follow through on assignments with little coaching
    • Strong mentoring and coaching skills to train younger and less experienced staff
    • Provide leadership to monitor, enforce, and improve quality of work
    • Demonstrate effective work relationships with all project and department personnel

Organizational Skills

    • Must be well organized and able to prioritize work
    • Ability to set and track goals
    • Ability to multi-task and work on more than one project at a time
    • Able to commit to and meet project deadlines, and driven to provide outstanding service to both external and internal customers
    • Must keep work area neat and clean 

Valdes Architecture & Engineering Company is looking for bright and talented people that want to take their career to the next level. We offer many rewarding career paths to challenge and engage our employees at all phases of their careers. Our office provides a team environment, and excellent working conditions, which allow individuals to maximize their potential. Valdes Engineering offers an outstanding benefits package including Medical, Dental, 401K plan, Company paid Long Term and Short Term Disability Insurance, Company paid Life and AD&D Insurance, Pet Insurance, a discounted gym membership and tuition reimbursement.