Ghafari Lighting Designer in Chicago, Illinois


General Summary:

The Lighting Designer D1, with overall direction from the Manager of Electrical Engineering and/or senior staff, will provide electrical analysis, design and drafting skills to develop engineering design documents for lighting, lighting control systems and circuiting for new construction and/or renovation of industrial and commercial structures in conformance to client requirements and applicable codes. The Lighting Designer D1 will provide lighting design and computer-aided design (CAD) to develop construction documents for the installation, interconnection and control of lighting fixtures.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Create engineering documents using computer aided design (CAD) technology utilizing Autodesk Revit and/or AutoCAD.

  • Work closely with architects and engineers during design phase of project to understand project scope of work.

  • Select light fixtures and control systems appropriate for the application.

  • Perform lighting calculations using software-based calculation tools to evaluate lighting distribution and photometric levels.

  • Review and/or establish project scope, electrical budget, design approach, and applicable constraints with the Project Manager or client as appropriate.

  • Prepare schematic and detailed design packages for lighting, lighting control systems, etc.

  • Adhere to project quality, budget, and schedule.

  • Communication and work with all other disciplines to produce coordinated construction documents.

  • Conduct field measuring and checking at the construction site.

  • Maintain organized project file containing project calculations, correspondence, appropriate reference materials, etc.

  • Review project lighting system submittals (shop drawings) for conformance with contract documents; specify action required for conformance.

  • Perform related duties as assigned.



  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • 1-5 years of related experience in the lighting design and electrical engineering field.

  • Lighting Certification (LC) or equivalent preferred.


  • AutoCAD, Revit, Microsoft Office

  • Engineering software for lighting, design knowledge of power and lighting,

  • Strong attention to detail


Ghafari is a global engineering, architecture, process design, consulting, and construction services firm driven to understand and meet the distinct needs of every client. For nearly forty years, we have taken a personal approach to highly technical projects in complex markets. By blending insight with technological innovation, we help clients elevate their efficiency, sustainability, and impact.

Our full-service, in-house team works together to meet the unique demands of each project. Working side by side, market experts and discipline leaders exchange insights to uncover new opportunities for efficiency. This rigorous collaboration allows us to bridge smart design with precise functionality.

Ghafari was founded on the promise of technological innovation. Today, we are recognized as a pioneer in adopting and standardizing the latest advancements in our field. We aim to remain at the forefront of our industry and create ever-smarter spaces that help clients navigate new demands within their field.

Join our team and work on forward-thinking projects around the world.

Ghafari Associates, LLC is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities in the employment application process. If you need an accommodation due to a disability in order to use our online system to apply for a position at Ghafari Associates, LLC, you may apply for positions in the following ways:

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It is Ghafari Associates, LLC’s policy not to discriminate in its employment and personnel practices because of a person’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, weight, height, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a qualified individual with a disability or a protected veteran, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance.

Job ID 2018-1278

Job Location US-IL-Chicago

Category Engineering