Associate Process Engineer

Lombard, IL /
Chemical 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


    • College Graduate with a degree in Chemical Engineering and minimal experience working for heavy industrial or in the Oil & Gas Industry. This individual will interface with client engineering representatives and other discipline engineers within the Valdes organization. You must be able and willing to visit job sites as needed.


    • Entry level knowledge within the Chemical Engineering discipline with the capabilities and the initiative to perform the work tasks with supervisory/mentor assistance
    • Become familiar with  basic PFD and P&ID symbiology, 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 general process department workflow and hierarchy of process documents in process designs
    • 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
    • Learn how to develop a process simulation and become familiar with thermodynamic property estimation packages 
    • Learn how to develop simple equipment data sheets
    • Become familiar with industry codes and standards 
    • Interact with vendors regarding process equipment
    • Learn how to develop physical property data for the selection of instrumentation including understanding typical instrumentation types and their principles of operation
    • Learn to perform and document simple process 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 process engineer
    • All other duties as assigned

Technical Competencies:

    • Understand and able to apply basic fundamentals in Chemical Engineering (B.S.ChE Coursework): specifically fluid dynamics, chemistry, thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, process unit operations and separations, basic reaction kinetics and reaction design theory, and material and energy balances
    • Ability to think critically and logically while solving problems in a timely manner
    • Good verbal and written communication skills 
    • Solid Microsoft Office skills

People Skills:

    • Personable and able to work easily with others at all levels
    • Comfortable working in a team environment
    • Dependable and self-motivated with strong ethical principles
    • Ability to receive direction from department manager and/or discipline lead and incorporate instruction into completing tasks
    • Understands when to seek additional guidance from the department manager on project/process issues and/or discipline lead and when to research the solution on their own
    • Comfortable approaching a mentor with technical or business related questions

Organizational Skills:

    • Must be well organized and able to prioritize work 
    • Ability to set and track goals with supervisor's assistance 
    • Ability to multi-task
    • Able to commit to and meet project deadlines
    • Driven to provide outstanding service to both external and internal customers
    • Take ownership of work through project completion
    • Must keep work area neat, clean, and organized


    • Education: Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Chemical Engineering
    • Experience: 0-3 years of experience working as a Chemical or Process Engineer
    • Eligibility to work in the US without requiring sponsorship now or in the future
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.