Senior Mechanical Engineer

Lombard, IL /
Mechanical Engineering – Engineering /
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


    • Engineer with 7-10 years of Mechanical Engineering Experience working for a heavy industrial company, Power Generation or in the Oil & Gas industry. This individual interfaces with client engineering representatives and other discipline engineers within the Valdes organization. May visit job site as required.

Responsibilities include the following:

    • Generate Process Flow Diagrams (PFD) and Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID) for Power Generation and non-process utility systems
    • Review vendor provided documents including equipment drawings and calculations for compliance with project requirements
    • Develop process control strategies and draft mechanical scope of work document for Power Generation and non-process utility systems
    • Develop the technical requirements and a Design Basis for various equipment and utility systems
    • Specify specialty items and generate specialty item data sheets as required
    • Analyze, design and generate engineering documentation packages for clients 
    • Perform and document hydraulic, thermodynamics, heat transfer, material handling calculations and simulations associated with their engineering specialty 
    • Review pressure relief valve scenarios, size, select, specify and design pressure relief devices, inlet an outlet piping and effluent handling systems including evaluation of the relief valve discharge reaction forces for the Power Generation and non-process utility systems
    • Set process design conditions and develop equipment and vessel process designs/sizes for the Power Generation and non-process utility systems
    • Review calculations, line lists, equipment lists, specialty items lists and equipment data sheets
    • Solid understanding of other discipline work flow and how all departments work together to complete projects 
    • Manage small projects and develop man-hour estimates
    • Manage time and schedule to stay with the project allotted budget and duration
    • Understand design codes, client standards, industry guidelines and follow established design criteria
    • Develop and review specifications for equipment purchase or construction
    • Develop equipment schedules, performance parameters, general arrangement, options and accessories for mechanical equipment and components
    • Interact with equipment and system vendors and utilize vendor’s recommendations in the equipment selection
    • Coordinate engineering effort with other departments to achieve project milestones
    • On-site interface with client engineering representatives and other discipline engineers
    • Verify field conditions, constructability of designs, and assist in field surveys and resolving problems during field construction
    • Analyze, design, develop construction drawings for clients, and prepare specifications for purchase and construction
    • Identify out of scope work on projects
    • All other duties as assigned

Technical Competencies:

    • Good knowledge within the Mechanical Engineering discipline specialty with the capability and the initiative to perform tasks with minimal supervisory/mentor assistance
    • Good knowledge of Mechanical Engineering discipline including understanding and ability to apply basic fundamentals in Fluid Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer in various type of Plant utility systems
    • Technical skills and an ability to perform all aspects of mechanical design, including fixed and rotating equipment for heavy industries, Power Generation, material handling, plumbing, or HVAC 
    • Understand PFD and P&ID symbology, layout, standards and workflow
    • Understand the typical instrumentation types and their principles of operation
    • Understand the hierarchy of documents generated and reviewed by mechanical engineer
    • Read, understand, and utilize piping isometrics and plot plans in order to perform design calculations
    • Perform hydraulic calculations for vapor and liquid systems
    • Perform and document calculations that can be easily checked
    • Understand types of pressure relief devices, sizing calculations, and specifications
    • Develop simple equipment data sheets
    • Check P&ID’s modifications against AutoCAD standards for Power Generation and non-process utility systems
    • Execute P&ID walk-down efforts or field verification of P&ID’s and develop demolition P&ID’s
    • Develop, and maintain Drawing list, Line lists, Equipment lists, and Specialty Items lists
    • Understand industry codes and standards
    • Specify specialty items and generate specialty item data sheets as required
    • Develop man-hour estimates and manage small mechanical projects
    • Accurately check work produced at an Engineer I and II skill level
    • Strong Microsoft Office skills and experience using specialty mechanical engineering software such as AFT Fathom, PipeFlo, PV Elite, E-Tank 2000 and Trace 700
    • Preparing for professional registration 
    • Strong 2D AutoCAD experience and basic knowledge of 3D AutoCAD

People Skills:

    • 2+ years’ experience supervising staff and managing projects from inception to completion including evaluating scope of work and assigning responsibilities
    • Keep management properly informed on project issues
    • Personable and able to work easily with others at all levels 
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Comfortable working alone or in a team environment, maintain a positive and professional relationships with co-workers and management and able to coach junior staff on technical questions
    • Ability to think critically and logically, recommend solutions to problems that may occur
    • Dependable, self-started and self-motivated, with strong ethical principles
    • Ability to receive direction from department manager and/or discipline lead and incorporate instruction into completing tasks
    • Understand the collaborative requirements of client interaction: tactfulness, respect and cost/value relationship of projects
    • Extroverted personality
    • Able to initiate and follow through on assignments without supervisory assistance 
    • Comfortable approaching Senior Leadership with technical or business related questions
    • Ability to communicate complicated issues in a simple manner
    • Ability to multi-task and handle multiple priorities simultaneously
    • Ability to maintain good business relationships with key client contacts throughout the project 
    • Ability to handle difficult individuals and remain calm when employees or clients are confrontational

Organizational Skills:

    • Must be well organized and able to prioritize work 
    • Ability to set and track goals 
    • Strong time management skills and ability to multi-task and work on more than one project at a time with various priorities 
    • Strong ability to commit to and meet project deadlines, and driven to provide outstanding service to both external and internal customers
    • Takes ownership of work thru project completion
    • Collect and maintain supporting documentation for calculations and project decisions made by the mechanical engineer.
    • Must keep a clean and neat work environment


    • Bachelor's Degree or higher in Mechanical Engineering
    • 7+ years of experience working as a Mechanical Engineer
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.