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Ghafari Mechanical Designer (HVAC/Building Systems) in Chicago, Illinois


Ghafari Associates, LLC., is looking for a Mechanical Designer to join the team. The candidate can work remotely or hybrid, depending on project needed, from any of our following offices: Chicago, Dearborn, Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, Dallas/Ft. Worth , or Birmingham , AL.

The Mechanical Designer D2 , with some supervision from the Manager of Mechanical Engineering, will provide or extend mechanical systems (HVAC, plumbing and fire protection) design for new construction and/or renovation of industrial, commercial institutional facilities as requested by the client. The Mechanical Designer D2 will develop construction drawings which address the installation, integration, interconnection and control of mechanical components within applicable building codes.

Essential Job Functions:

  • With assistance, formulate design and layout of mechanical systems including HVAC, piping, plumbing, and fire protection.

  • Create engineering documents using computer aided design (CAD) technology utilizing Autodesk (Revit and AutoCAD) and/or Bentley CAD software (2D and 3D applications)

  • Conduct field measuring and checking at the construction site

  • Review drawings for omissions, errors, overall quality, content accuracy, with team members and engineer(s).

  • Review product submittals for design content (shop drawings), specify action to be taken to reach specification compliance (to be reviewed with the project engineer)

  • With guidance, perform calculations for sizing equipment, duct work and piping

  • Coordinate project with other disciplines

  • Perform related duties as assigned



  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Construction Technology or related field preferred


  • 4-8 years related and progressively more responsible experience in mechanical engineering/construction field


  • Profciency with Revit, AutoCAD, and/or Bentley Microstation software, Trane Trace 700, Microsoft Office (emphasis in Word and Excel)

  • Familiarity with BIM 360

  • Excellent written and verbal communication

  • Strong attention to detail


Since 1982, Ghafari Associates has taken a personal approach to highly technical projects in complex markets including: aviation, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, hospitality, K-12 and higher education. As a global team of engineers, architects, process designers, and consultants we blend insight with technological innovation helping clients elevate their efficiency, sustainability, and impact.

Continuously rated a Top Workplace to Work ( , Crain’s Cool Place to Work ( , and a Best and Brightest ( company to work for in the US, Ghafari has made a name for itself through our culture, employee benefits, and portfolio of projects ( .

Over a quarter of Ghafari employees have diverse identities that are championed by our growing approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We provide flexible work environments allowing team members a schedule that benefits them, whether it is fully remote, hybrid or an in-office experience.

Through career mapping, Ghafari employees are encouraged to seek licensure, coached for knowledge growth, and provided opportunities for management and mentorship roles if interested. Our robust internship program recognizes undergraduate and graduate students from across the world, having an over 90% success rate of hiring our interns after graduation.

Join our team and work on forward-thinking projects all around the world. Ghafari’s global reach creates an environment where individuals can build professional relationships while building sustainable and cutting-edge facilities. Are you ready to take that leap? Apply now! (

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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By fax at 313.436.8624; Attn: Human Resources

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If there are any questions or additional accommodations that are required, please contact 313.441.3000 for assistance.

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, pregnancy or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service, 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.

Working Options

Fully Remote, Hybrid, In Office

Job ID 2022-1892

Job Location US-IL-Chicago

Category Engineering