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Ghafari Project Engineer - Process Controls (Electrical) in Grand Rapids, Michigan


General Summary:

The Process Controls Project Engineer will participate in the preparation and management of controls related project deliverables, ensure project deliverable quality, develop and maintain client relationships, and perform project assignments. The Process Controls Project Engineer provides technical leadership, facilitates and participates in meetings, provides feedback to management, engineering and project team members, works with and directs other engineers, performs control system related engineering calculations, concept and design development, and implementation.

Essential Job Functions:

• Understand mechanical systems and manufacturing processes for which control systems will be designed. Influence mechanical designs where necessary for control considerations. Mechanical systems include paint and coating application process & equipment, conveyors and material handling and delivery equipment, line display equipment, fluid handling and fluid fill equipment, waste treatment processes and equipment, as well as pneumatic and hydraulic applications.

• Understand and be familiar with National Electric Code and Local Electrical and Safety Codes & Standards.

• Understand and be familiar with Client Electrical and safety Codes & Standards.

• Participate in presentations, and project proposal and estimating efforts.

• Responsible for completion of assigned project deliverables as it relates to cost and schedule.

• Maintain project records.

• Understand contract documents and project records.

• Participate with project team and client to prepare or edit customer specifications and project scope of work.

• Design operation concepts and requirements, general system flows and detailed sequence of operations.

• Specify and design power distribution systems, including power distribution panels, bus ducts, receptacle panels, etc.

• Specify and design hardwired and software based machine level control systems. Produce complete documentation drawing package.

• Specify requirements for PLC and PC programming and related purchased software.

• Specify and design HMI screen/display arrangements and requirements.

• Develop schematic design and specify Network systems for communication and control. This would include plant floor PLC, HMI, device level networks and communication of these plant floor systems to upper level computer systems.

• Develop schematic design and specify upper level production support systems.

• Specify and design power distribution to and within production and process equipment. Perform calculations and designs relative to diversity factors, bus loading, voltage drops, circuit protection and coordination, feed sizing, distribution equipment sizing, etc.

• Specify and design lighting systems for industrial production applications.

• Specify and design control and power distribution system installation work.

• Provide detailed engineering estimate input for control systems and related installation work.

• Provide project scheduling input for control systems implementation.

• Perform peer reviews of engineering materials, as directed to ensure deliverable quality.

• Review and approve contractor engineering submittals.

• Review and approve fabrication facilities and production equipment prior to shipment to site.

• Provide resource input, including internal and external engineering, contractors, vendors and skilled trades to complete projects in a timely manner.

• Lead system start-up, debug and testing activities, and provide system review and punch-listing.

• Review and approve system as-built/as-installed drawings.

• Travel to client’s sites to perform field site visits to inspect existing equipment, systems and facilities.

• Must be able to travel and accept field assignments to promote project success.

• Provide technical direction and coaching to other team members and discipline members.



• Prefer Bachelor Degree in an engineering discipline from an accredited university.

• Prefer minimum of 5 years of related work experience.


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

• Proficient in MS Office.

• Experience in conveyor controls and/or paint process controls design and engineering. This includes PLC architectures, control panel design, general arrangements of systems including maintenance access, etc.

• Previous Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI), Bar Code Scanners, Quality Audit systems (QAS) and Plant Floor Systems (PFS) and electrical power distribution experience preferred.

• Previous experience with PLC’s (Allen Bradley ControlLogix family, Siemens), networks (Profibus, Ethernet, DeviceNet, etc.) and related software a plus.

• 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 2021-1527

Job Location US-MI-Grand Rapids

Category Engineering