Associate 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


    • Become familiar with  basic PFD and P&ID symbology, layout, and standards
    • Learn to read and understand basic P&ID’s along with the different stages of development
    • Learn to check basic P&ID’s modifications against CAD drafting standards and client standards
    • Learn to develop demolition P&ID's based on project P&ID's, and assist in P&ID walk-down efforts or field verification
    • Learn to develop/use heat and material balances, maintain a drawing list, develop an equipment list, develop a simple Line list with process data and recognize specialty items and develop a specialty items list
    • Become familiar with and learn to read piping isometric drawings and a plot plan
    • Learn the basics of performing hydraulic calculations for compressible and incompressible fluids
    • Learn the basics of pressure relief devices, types, sizing calculations, scenario development, and specifications and become familiar with thermodynamic properties of utility systems
    • Learn how to develop estimation packages and develop simple equipment data sheets
    • Assist in design and preparation of engineering documentation for clients and assist in preparation of equipment specifications for equipment purchase
    • Become familiar with design codes, industry and client standards and established design criteria
    • Become familiar with of instrumentation including typical instrumentation types and their principles of operation
    • Learn to perform and document simple mechanical calculations so they can be easily checked
    •  Become familiar with project budgets, schedules, typical project deliverables, and work scopes
    •  Learn to recognize out of scope work on projects, develop engineering judgment and keep management properly informed on project issues
    •  Learn the requirements of collecting and maintaining process effort supporting documentation for calculations and project decisions made by the mechanical engineer
    • Develop technical expertise in Mechanical Engineering discipline from department peers and supervisors
    • Assist in verifying field conditions, constructability of designs, site surveys and resolving problems during field construction
    • Assist with analysis, design, production of detailed construction drawings for clients, and prepare mechanical scope of works
    • All other duties as assigned 


    • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering
    • 0-3 Years of experience working as a Mechanical Engineer 
    • Must be able to work in the US now and in the future without sponsorship

    • Technical Competencies: 
    • Knowledge in the Mechanical Engineering discipline with the capabilities and the initiative to perform work tasks with supervisory/mentor assistance as required
    • Basic 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
    • Ability to learn technical skills and assist with mechanical design including fixed and rotating equipment for heavy industries, Power Generation, material handling, plumbing or HVAC
    • Understand when to seek additional guidance from the department manager, mentor or discipline lead on project/process issues and when to research the solution independently
    • Basic knowledge of 2D AutoCAD or Microstation
    • Solid Microsoft Office skills
    •  EIT (Engineer In-Training)

    • People Skills:
    • Personable and able to work easily with others at all levels
    • Comfortable working in a team environment and maintain a positive and professional relationships with co-workers and management
    • Dependable, self-started and self-motivated, with strong ethical principles
    • Ability to think critically and logically, recommend solutions to problems that may occur
    • Good verbal and written communication skills
    •  Ability to receive direction from department manager and/or discipline lead and incorporate instruction into completing tasks
    • Extroverted personality
    • Able to initiate and follow through on assignments with little coaching
    • Comfortable approaching mentor with technical or business related questions

    • 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
    • Takes ownership of work thru project completion
    • Must keep a clean and neat work environment

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.