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Ghafari Senior Mechanical Engineer (Process Systems) in Grand Rapids, Michigan


General Summary:

Responsible for providing engineering and design for process systems, which includesfluid fill/dispense equipment, bulk storage systems, ventilation design and piping design for process equipment. Prepare conceptual design layouts and process flow diagrams, perform engineering calculations, and specify equipment for process systems.

Essential Functions:

  • Shall be familiar with mechanical systems and manufacturing processes for which systems will be designed.

  • Mechanical systems shall include fluid handling and fluid fill equipment, waste treatment processes and equipment, HVAC and exhaust systems.

  • Work with clients to develop system concepts, including general layouts, utility matrix, process flow diagrams, selection of off-the-shelf purchased equipment and interface to it.

  • Coordinate with other disciplines including electrical/controls, structural, civil, etc. to develop a complete engineered package.

  • Prepare equipment installation packages common to General Assembly processes. Coordinate with suppliers for general system layouts, interface drawings and installation drawings for equipment, platforms, etc.

  • Participate with project teams and clients to prepare project scopes, generate project specifications or edit customer specifications.

  • Prepare bid packages including system scopes of work/system description, overall plan and area views, process flow diagrams, sequence of operations as well as detailed fabrication drawings and specifications for a complete system.

  • Provide design calculations for ventilation systems, fans, air make up units and associated duct work with regards to static losses, downdraft requirements, and systems effects losses.

  • Understand and be familiar with all applicable governmental (i.e., OSHA, NFPA) Safety Codes & Standards

  • Review and approve contractor submittals, including engineering calculations, equipment cut sheets, material selections, sequence of operations, etc.

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


Education and Experience:

• Bachelor Degree in an engineering discipline from an accredited school is preferred.

• Minimum 10 years of related work experience is required.


• AutoCAD, Inventor or 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 2022-1726

Job Location US-MI-Grand Rapids

Category Engineering