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Ghafari Mechanical Designer (Piping/ Process Systems) in Grand Rapids, Michigan


General Summary:

The Mechanical Designer will coordinate design activities with project engineers and with other team members. The Mechanical Designer will participate in the preparation and development of project deliverables, ensure project deliverable quality and perform project assignments.The Mechanical Designer participates in meetings, provides feedback to engineering and project team members, performs basic system related engineering calculations, participates in design development activities and implementation support.

Essential Functions:

  • Understand basics of mechanical systems and manufacturing processes, including HVAC and piping systems, for which systems will be designed.

  • Create and plot drawings from sketches and drawing mark-ups. Produce CAD drawings from engineering mark-ups.

  • Measure, sketch, and verify existing conditions of equipment, building, etc. Retrieve plant reference drawings and perform field data gathering.

  • Review and understand client specifications and Safety Codes & Standards, as they relate to various assignments.

  • Participate with project teams and clients to prepare or edit project specifications.

  • Participate in client review meetings of drawings and specifications.

  • Produce system as-built/as-installed drawings from red-lined mark-ups.

  • Coordinate project with other disciplines.

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


Employment Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Prefer Bachelor Degree in an engineering disciplinefrom an accredited university.

  • Prefer 1 - 5years of related work experience.


  • Must be proficient in AutoCAD. Revit proficiency is a plus.

  • Proficient in MS Office.

  • Working knowledge of process system engineering and design.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


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 2022-1724

Job Location US-MI-Grand Rapids

Category Engineering