Senior Design Engineer (2543)

Engineering/Design Team  |  Portland, Oregon, United States  |  175138

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We Drive Innovation and Build Careers

As a company that prides itself on innovation and collaboration, Southland Industries continues to pave the way as an industry leader in constructability, sustainability and energy efficiency so as to improve the way buildings are designed, built, and operated.

Founded in 1949, Southland Industries is one of the nation’s largest MEP building systems experts. We provide innovative yet practical solutions through a holistic approach to building construction and performance. Through our extensive resources, we are able to optimize each stage of the building lifecycle through customized engineering, construction, building automation, service and energy solutions.

Watch your engineering designs come to life! As a Senior Design Engineer at Southland Industries, you'll experience the excitement of working on design-build and design-assist projects in healthcare, education, biotech, mission critical, commercial and entertainment markets. You’ll work hand in hand with our model coordinators, estimators, and trade staff through all aspects of a project to create a design that is practical, efficient and cost effective. You’ll also have access to internal teams using the most innovative practices in virtual construction design (VDC) and computational fluid dynamics, along with just-in-time feedback from the field.


Southland Industries understands that people are key to our success as a company. The people who work for us, the people we serve, and the people who live and work in the buildings we design and build.

If you’re someone with a true passion for our industry, we’re looking for you!  At Southland, we seek people that don’t just follow a career path, but who are looking to gain the best experiences and to have an impact wider than their own job.  We believe in building talent and supporting our people with what they need to grow and flourish. And 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 fun, fast paced and the excitement of a growing company, then JOIN our team and become a part of an organization that values PEOPLE FIRSTINNOVATION, COLLABORATION, SAFETY, 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 Senior Design Engineer 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 and be an 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. Manage all aspects of a project's design with project management, architects, and other trades through the completion phase.

What you'll need to be successful:

  • Supervises or directs the workflow of less-experienced engineers in performing HVAC or other system design and documents production of small and large projects
  • Provides conceptual design for specific projects
  • Serves as a design professional at project team design meetings
  • Prepares complex preliminary redline design layouts for estimating
  • Performs more complex calculations for a project, such as heating/cooling loads, equipment selection and sizing, friction loss calculations, etc.
  • Performs site inspections to determine compliance with construction documents and resolves design issues during construction phase
  • May supervise other engineers and/or technicians on a project basis.

What you bring to the table:

  • Four-year degree in Engineering or related field
  • PE License required 
  • 9-12 years proven design experience that matches the duties and behavior/leadership skills listed above

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
  • Term Life, AD&D Insurance, and Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Disability Income Protection Insurance
  • Pre-tax Flexible Spending Plans (Health and Dependent Care)
  • 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: 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 is 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, 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.**

**At this time we are unable to offer employment sponsorship**

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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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