Associate Electrical Engineer- Protection & Controls

Lombard, IL /
Electrical Engineering – Power Delivery 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 an Electrical Engineering Degree with 0-4 years of experience working for an engineering consulting company, Utility, or in the Oil & Gas industry. This individual interfaces with client engineering representatives and other discipline engineers within the Valdes organization.

Responsibilities include the following:

    • Entry level knowledge within the Electrical Engineering discipline with the capabilities and the initiative to perform the following tasks with supervisory/mentor assistance as required:
    • Ability to learn technical skills and assist with high, medium, and low voltage power systems.
    • Become familiar with and assist with substation design, short circuit analysis, and ARC flash studies
    • Assist with development of wiring diagrams and schematics
    • Assist in preparing relay protection schemes using microprocessor relays.
    • Assist with electrical calculations including AC/DC load calculations, short circuit, load flow, arc flash, motor starting, harmonic, device coordination and voltage drop
    • Design conduit, cable tray and underground duct bank
    • Verify field conditions as needed
    • All other duties as assigned by a supervisor or management

Instrumentation & Controls Duties:

    • Good verbal and written communication skills
    • Knowledge of AutoCAD
    • SKM electrical modeling software a plus
    • Solid Microsoft Office Skills

Technical Competencies:

    • Good verbal and written communication skills
    • Knowledge of AutoCAD
    • SKM electrical modeling software a plus
    • Solid Microsoft Office Skills

People Skills:

    • Personable and able to work easily with others at all levels
    • Ability to maintain a positive and professional relationships with clients, co-workers and management
    • Understand when to seek additional guidance from the department manager or discipline lead on project/process issues and when to research the solution on their own
    • Ability to work independently or in a team environment
    • Comfortable approaching mentor with technical or business-related questions
    • Extroverted personality, able to initiate and follow through on assignments with little coaching

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 work area neat and clean


    • Education: Bachelor of Science Degree or higher in Electrical Engineering
    • Experience: 0-3 Years of experience working as an Electrical Engineer
    • Eligible to work in the US without requiring sponsorship now or in the future
    • Flexibility to travel to client site when needed (25-30% travel)
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.