Principal Pipe Stress Engineer

Lombard, IL /
Piping & Plant Layout – Pipe Stress /
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


    • Provide ownership and accountability for pipe stress analysis in the completion of all projects
    • Mentor and lead younger engineers
    • Prepare proposal estimates for pipe stress analysis
    • Schedule pipe stress analysis in accordance with project schedules
    • Assign pipe stress work to other engineers
    • Review and checking of pipe stress analysis completed by others for quality and accuracy
    • Review of design documents for quality and accuracy
    • Review of design documents for assurance that design complies with industry codes, piping specifications and client standards
    • Provide pipe stress subject matter expertise
    • Provide written or verbal design progress reports as required by the project manager
    • Develop and / or improve department standards, including templates and design guides
    • Verify field conditions, constructability of designs, and assist in resolving problems during field construction


    • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Mechanical or Civil Engineering
    • 15+ years of experience working in the Pipe Stress field with heavy industrial including high energy piping in power plants and refining / chemical experience
    • Caesar II & NozzlePRO experience
    • Knowledge within the Stress Analysis discipline with the capabilities and initiative to perform the following tasks with some supervisory/mentor assistance
    • Knowledge of Piping/Stress department workflow
    • Ability to manage pipe stress work within the project budget and schedule
    • Take responsibility for quality and timelines of pipe stress deliverables
    • Experience in trouble-shooting pipe stress issues at industrial sites, identify and recommend solutions
    • Supervision or management experience a plus
    • Ability to travel to our Griffith, IN location along with client sites 2-3 days per week
    • Must be able to work in the US now and in the future, without sponsorship

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.