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Ghafari Mechanical Engineer (HVAC/Building Systems) in United States


Ghafari Associates is looking for a MECHANICAL ENGINEER* to join the team. This role will support FORD (see below) and can be FULLY REMOTE, HYBRID or 100% IN-OFFICE in DEARBORN, MI . Ford employees are currently working 100% remote, but frequent Ford sites in the U.S. (many of which in the Michigan area). If you would like to work in an office, Ghafari would be able to accommodate you in our HQ office and/or Ford would be able to find you space as well.

Ghafari Associates, LLC (in association with Ford Motor Company) is seeking talented professionals to help lead the transformation of our building engineering as we realize a shift toward a more human focused and inspirational experience within our built environments. We recognize the role the built environment has on the occupants and challenge ourselves to progress design thinking in all aspects of architecture, engineering and sustainability. This position will be part of the Ghafari team working exclusively with Ford Motor Company and the Ford Land Architecture/Engineering/Planning division.

As the owner’s representative throughout the engineering design process, the Electrical Engineer will engage with the broader team of internal and external design professionals + engineers, alongside strategic consultants to ensure the projects advance in alignment with corporate strategies and design standards, to deliver best in class engineering. Responsible for overseeing the initial project Scope Development + Design Strategy, the Electrical Engineer will ensure that the project progresses in alignment with strategic engineering + design principles and guidelines throughout the delivery of the project. The Electrical Engineer will be tasked with overseeing several concurrent projects at various phases of the design and construction process. The day-to-day responsibilities will vary but may include initial concept design creation, drawing review and markups, contract administration and site walks, and overall strategy development.

Primary Responsiblities:

  • Review and/or establish project scope, mechanical budget, necessary constraints and design approach with Project Manager and/or client

  • Proper communication skills to be involved in design team / owner meetings and communicate directly with the owner and / or owner’s representative

  • Prepare feasibility studies and project cost estimates

  • Maintain working knowledge of latest building and codes used in the industry

  • Formulate and lead design of mechanical systems including HVAC, piping, plumbing, and fire protection

  • Perform and/or review calculations, formulate design of mechanical systems including HVAC, piping, plumbing, and fire protection

  • Create engineering documents using computer aided design (CAD) technology utilizing Autodesk (Revit and AutoCAD)

  • Edit or draft project specifications

  • Conduct field measuring and checking at the construction site

  • 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.

  • Assist with checking, standards review, and maintenance of master specifications

  • Develop and mentor less experienced staff

  • Perform related duties as assigned

*Candidates are not required to have a professional engineer license, though it is preferred.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or Architectural Engineering

  • Professional Registration preferred

  • LEED Accredited Professional preferred

  • 5+ years of related and progressively more responsible experience in Mechanical Engineering field

  • Previous experience with design of EV facilities a bonus


  • Proficiency with Revit, AutoCAD and Trane Trace 700

  • 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 2023-2077

Job Location US-

Category Engineering