Mechanical Engineer

Toledo, OH
Mechanical Engineering – Engineering /
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 2-5 years of Mechanical Engineering Experience working for a heavy industrial company, Power Generation or in the Oil & Gas industry. This individual interfaces with client engineering representatives and other discipline engineers within the Valdes organization. May visit job site as required.


    • Generate Process Flow Diagrams (PFD) and Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID) for Oil & Gas processes and non-process utility systems
    • Review vendor provided documents including equipment drawings and calculations for compliance with project requirements
    • Develop simple process control strategies and draft mechanical scope of work document for Oil & Gas processes and non-process utility systems
    • Learn the requirements and expected content of a Process Design Basis
    • Specify specialty items and generate specialty item data sheets as required
    • Ability to analyze, design and generate engineering documentation packages for clients
    • Perform and document hydraulic, thermodynamics, heat transfer, material handling calculations and simulations associated with their engineering specialty
    • Review pressure relief valve scenarios, size, select, specify and design pressure relief devices, inlet an outlet piping and effluent handling systems including evaluation of the relief valve discharge reaction forces for the Oil & Gas processes and non-process utility systems
    • Set process design conditions and develop simple equipment and vessel process designs/sizes for the Oil & Gas processes and non-process utility systems
    • Review calculations, line lists, equipment lists, specialty items lists and simple equipment data sheets
    • Manage simple projects and develop man-hour estimates
    • Ability to manage time and schedule to stay with the project allotted budget and duration
    • Familiarity with design codes, client standards, industry guidelines and the ability to follow established design criteria
    • Develop and review specifications for equipment purchase or construction
    • Develop equipment schedules, performance parameters, general arrangement, options and accessories for mechanical equipment and components
    • Interact with equipment and system vendors and utilize vendor’s recommendations in the equipment selection
    • Coordinate engineering effort with other departments to achieve project milestones
    • On-site interface with client engineering representatives and other discipline engineers
    • Verify field conditions, constructability of designs, and assist in field surveys and resolving problems during field construction
    • Analyze, design, develop construction drawings for clients, and prepare specifications for purchase and construction
    • Identify out of scope work on projects
    • All other duties as assigned


    • 2+ years of experience working as a Mechanical Engineer
    • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering
    • Must be able to work in the US without sponsorship now or in the future

    • Technical Competencies:
    • Knowledge within the Mechanical Engineering discipline specialty with the capability and the initiative to perform tasks with minimal supervisory/mentor assistance
    • Understanding and ability to apply basic fundamentals in Fluid Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer in various type of Plant utility systems
    • Technical skills and an ability to perform all aspects of mechanical design, including fixed and rotating equipment for heavy industries, Oil & Gas processes, 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
    • Ability to communicate complicated issues in a simple manner
    • Understand PFD and P&ID symbology, layout, standards and workflow
    • Check P&ID’s modifications against AutoCAD standards for Oil & Gas processes and non-process utility systems
    • Execute P&ID walk-down efforts or field verification of P&ID’s and develop demolition P&ID’s
    • Develop, and maintain Drawing list, Line lists, Equipment lists, and Specialty Items lists
    • Familiarity with industry codes and standards
    • Read, understand, and utilize piping isometrics and plot plans in order to perform design calculations
    • Perform hydraulic calculations for vapor and liquid systems
    • Perform and document calculations that can be easily checked
    • Understand types of pressure relief devices, sizing calculations, and specifications
    • Develop simple equipment data sheets
    • Understand the hierarchy of documents generated and reviewed by mechanical engineer
    • Understand the typical instrumentation types and their principles of operation
    • Accurately check work produced at an Engineer I skill level
    • Strong Microsoft Office skills and experience using specialty mechanical engineering software such as AFT Fathom, PipeFlo, PV Elite, E-Tank 2000 and Trace 700.
    • Preparing for professional registration
    • Knowledge of 2D AutoCAD and basic knowledge of 3D AutoCAD

    • People Skills:
    • Personable and able to work easily with others at all levels
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Comfortable working alone or in a team environment and maintain a positive and professional relationships with co-workers and management
    • Ability to think critically and logically, recommend solutions to problems that may occur
    • Dependable, self-started and self-motivated, with strong ethical principles
    • Ability to receive direction from department manager and/or discipline lead and incorporate instruction into completing tasks
    • Understand the collaborative requirements of client interaction: tactfulness, respect and cost/value relationship of projects
    • Extroverted personality
    • Able to initiate and follow through on assignments with minimal supervisory/mentor assistance
    • Comfortable approaching mentor with technical or business-related questions
    • Takes ownership of work thru project completion and keeps management properly informed on project issues

    • Organizational Skills:
    • Must be well organized and able to prioritize work
    • Ability to set and track goals
    • Strong time management skills and ability to multi-task and work on more than one project at a time with various priorities
    • Able to commit to and meet project deadlines, and driven to provide outstanding service to both external and internal customers
    • 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.