Senior Design Engineer (2472)

Engineering/Design Team  |  Dulles, Virginia, United States  |  175067

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At Southland we aspire to build a workforce that’s as diverse as the people who occupy the buildings we design, build and maintain. Building talent by design, is our intentional approach to creating a truly safe, collaborative and inclusive work environment that fosters growth, empowers professional achievement and where people are treated with respect at all levels.

If you’re someone with a true passion for our industry, a life-long learner, with high accountability and a drive for results we’re looking for you!  At Southland, we hire problem solvers that are focused on providing customer value through continuous improvement and will take ownership to create the best experiences that will have an impact wider than their own job.  We thrive on creating a strong company and culture where you’ll feel engaged, challenged, and valued.

If you’re ready for the next big step in your career and want a career full of fun and excitement and to be a part of a fast-paced growing company, then JOIN our team and become a part of an organization that values PEOPLESAFETY, INNOVATION, COLLABORATION, INTEGRITY, ACCOUNTABILITY & SUSTAINABILITY.

Position Summary 

Are you ready for the next big step in your career where you’ll get the opportunity to do things you’ve never done before? If you’re thinking “yes”, then we want to hear from you! We are growing and we’re looking for a top-notch Mechanical Design Engineer, II who has an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for doing innovative work. As we grow, we want you to grow and have the opportunity to do work you’ve never done before.

We can offer you the chance to hone your leadership skills, grow and develop a group of junior engineers and be a key integral part of building our Engineering division and business at Southland.  We are a people-first company that strives to support career growth in a fun, supportive and collaborative environment. It’s the perfect place for someone like you to thrive in.

Our Southland Engineering group has some of the most respected thought leaders in the architectural, engineering and construction community. Believing deeply in the power of collaboration, we recognize that the best solutions transpire when many differing perspectives work together to drive innovation. If you’re up for the challenge and want to do some exciting work, we have a place for you.

What you’ll do:     

  • Lead the conceptual design effort on a variety of project types, ranging from $7-$80 Million dollars in MPF construction costs.
  • You’ll help direct and lead a team of mechanical design engineers and provide mechanical and HVAC design training to the Division.
  • You’ll create and implement new lead design processes, solutions, and standards that will ultimately make our team and company better.
  • You’ll have a seat at the table with our team leaders and will be valued for your input and contribution.
  • You’ll support key clients and help maintain lasting relationships to acquire future work.

What you’ll need to be successful:

  • An entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to roll up your sleeves and do what it takes to get the job done.
  • An ability to work in a collaborative environment with other team members.
  • Be able to lead and influence the technical design solutions on prospective projects.
  • You’re creative and like coming up with out-of-the-box solutions.
  • You'll be expected to have an excellent working knowledge of design engineering for mechanical and HVAC systems.
  • You have experience designing large and small office buildings, hotels, hospitals, data centers, central plants, cogeneration, high-tech manufacturing, and laboratories.
  • Work with cogeneration, high-tech manufacturing and laboratories is a plus.
  • Desired experience or interest in integrated project delivery (IPD), target value design (TVD), and design-build (DB). And you want more of this type of experience.
  • Desired experience or interest in the design and construction of emerging or alternate mechanical system (DOAS, TDV, UFAD)
  • Desired experience or interest in sustainable building design and building simulation energy modeling.

What you bring to us:

  • Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering plus your Professional Mechanical Engineer license in good standing.
  • A minimum of 7-10 years of mechanical design and construction industry-specific experience.
  • Systems and Software Expertise:
    • Strong experience with AutoCAD, Revit, or similar design software applications.
    • Trane Trace (or equivalent) load calculation program.
    • Proficient knowledge in the use of MS Excel, powerpoint, project, and word.
  • Desirable Certifications:
    • LEED AP, CEM
  • Desirable Industry participation:
    • ASHE
    • ASHRAE

YOU Matter


As an employee-owned company, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes excellent benefits for you and your family:

  • 401(k) Plan with 50% Company Match(no cap) and immediate 100% vesting
  • Annual bonus program based upon performance, profitability, and achievement
  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance – 100% Paid for Employee
  • Term Life, AD&D Insurance, and Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Disability Income Protection Insurance
  • Pre-tax Flexible Spending Plans (Health and Dependent Care)
  • Paid Parental Leave Benefits
  • Holidays/Vacation/Personal Time/Life Events Leave
  • Numerous training opportunities and company paid membership for professional associations and licenses

For more information on Southland Industries, please visit our web site: Southland Careers or on Facebook or LinkedIN or Twitter

To hear what our employees are saying about working at Southland Industries, check out our Career Video - Working at Southland

Southland Industries and all its subsidiaries are an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing our employees with a safe work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Southland Industries are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, gender, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Southland Industries will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

**All employment offers are contingent upon successful, drug test, background check and professional reference checks. **

**We are not able to offer sponsorship of employment at this time**

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As a design engineer at Southland Industries, you’ll work side-by-side with our model coordinators, estimators, and trade staff through all aspects of a project to produce a design that is cost-effective, practical and efficient. If you are interested in playing a crucial role in conceptual design for specific projects and representing the company as a design professional, this position is for you.

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