Ghafari Senior Mechanical Designer in Chicago, Illinois


With some supervision from the Manager of Mechanical Engineering, provide or extend mechanical systems design for new construction and/or renovation of industrial, commercial and institutional facilities as requested by the client. Develop construction drawings and specifications which address the installation, interconnection and control of mechanical components within the standard building codes.

Primary Responsibilities

  • With some assistance, review and/or establish project scope, mechanical budget, necessary constraints and design approach with Project Manager and/or client.

  • With assistance, perform calculations, 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) or manually with support from more junior staff.

  • Edit or draft project specifications.

  • Conduct field measuring and checking at the construction site.

  • Maintain working knowledge of latest IMC (International Mechanical Codes) and ASHRAE standards.

  • Review drawings for omissions, errors, overall quality, content accuracy, compliance with standards and codes.

  • Review product submittals for design content (shop drawings), specify action to be taken to reach specification compliance.

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

  • Prepare project file updates, transmittals, letters, reports, requests for reproduction services.

  • With assistance, select and source equipment.

  • Coordinate project with other disciplines.

  • Communicate scope changes to Manager of Mechanical Engineering and Project Manager.

  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience

  • Associate's degree in Engineering, Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or related degree or in engineering or construction technology or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • LEED Accredited professional preferred.

  • 10+ years related and progressively more responsible experience in mechanical engineering field.

Additional Skills

Revit, AutoCAD, and/or Bentley Microstation CAD, Trane Trace 700 MS Word and Excel.


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.

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Job ID 2018-1260

Job Location US-IL-Chicago

Category Engineering