Senior Project Engineer- Substation

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


    • Interface with electrical utility client engineering representatives as well as multiple engineering disciplines and project management staff within the Valdes organization. The Senior Project Engineer is responsible for ensuring that all technical documents are developed within the framework of Valdes’ Quality Management procedures. Maintain good business relationships with key client contacts throughout the project. May visit or work on job site as required for exchange of information.

Responsibilities include the following:

    • Strong knowledge of managing substation design projects with the capability and initiative to perform the required tasks while mentoring a staff
    • Ability to plan, estimate budget, coordinate, and supervise engineering activities for smaller projects with good supervision
    • Ability to assist in proposal preparation.
    • Develop and maintain the project schedules with little supervision
    • Work independently on multiple projects with multiple clients
    • Ability to keep projects on schedule; ensure quality and execution of projects under close guidance of a Project Manager
    • Direct, coordinate, and manage all aspects of a project
    • Capable of executing multiple small project-simultaneously or one large multi-discipline project under the guidance of a Project Manager
    • Participate in all required safety activities
    • Promote safety in all aspects of the project
    • All other duties as assigned

Technical Competencies:

    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Good knowledge of all engineering disciplines, substation design principals, industry standards.
    • Leadership skills such as conflict resolution, risk evaluation, mentoring and steadiness
    • Creativeness in providing new solutions to problems
    • Possesses an eye for detail, but knows when to delegate and follow up to get the work done
    • Expertise in Microsoft Office software, Microsoft Project and Primavera are pluses
    • Professional registration desired

People Skills:

    • 2+ years’ experience supervising staff and managing projects from inception to completion including evaluating scope of work and assigning responsibilities
    • Personable and able to work easily with others at all levels
    • Able to work alone or on a team in different level positions. Not afraid to take charge, but will also cooperate and coordinate with others at their level that may have more authority over the work at hand
    • Possesses a knack for the ability to network and connect with peers, subordinates, supervisors and others within the industry
    • Ability to handle difficult individuals and remain calm when employees or clients are confrontational
    • Conscientious, enthusiastic and 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 without being stressed
    • Able to schedule and balance their time effectively and possesses an internal locus of control
    • Able to commit to and meet project deadlines, and driven to provide outstanding service to both external and internal customers
    • Takes ownership of work and follows thru to completion
    • Must keep work area neat, clean and organized


    • Bachelor’s Degree in electrical or civil/structural engineering
    • 7-10 years of substation engineering and design experience
    • Knowledge of industry, regulatory standards and design criteria
    • 1 to 2 years supervisory experience desired
    • 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.