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Mechanical ENGINEER

Prairie Engineers, P.C. is seeking an experienced Mechanical Engineer to join our team!  

Stuck in a dead-end position?  Same spreadsheet, different numbers every day?  As a small, progressive, and growing business, at Prairie Engineers you will be presented with a wide range of challenges and the ability to work with a collaborative and highly functional team to solve them.  We are looking to add a Mechanical Engineer experienced in the planning, design, and construction administration of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection projects primarily for federal, state, and local governments in Illinois and adjoining States.  You will be given the opportunity to manage projects and to expand your technical capabilities by assisting others.  

We offer a flexible work environment, work from home opportunities, and career growth plans to meet your individual needs while providing a competitive salary and benefits.  We will accommodate this position as a full-time or part-time schedule in any of our office locations.  

Essential Job Functions:

  • Planning, design, and construction administration of HVAC systems, chilled/hot water systems, and plumbing systems for governmental building projects.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team.
  • Maintain focus on timely project delivery and superior client service with attention to details.
  • Project a professional, positive attitude with a strong work ethic.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or a similar engineering field from an ABET Accredited University.
  • Current licensure as a Mechanical Engineer in Illinois or the ability to obtain within 6 months.
  • Skilled in verbal and written communications.
  • A minimum of 5 years previous engineering experience.
  • Proficiency with AutoCAD, Revit, and Microsoft Office Suite.

Some Benefits of Working at Prairie:

Schedule flexibility.  We will accommodate non-routine schedules, part-time professional positions, and personal leaves of absence if needed.  Need to match your kid’s school schedule, reduce hours during the summer or holidays, or work evenings instead of mornings?  Let’s make a plan! 

Location flexibility.  We will accommodate work from home, work from the office, or a hybrid solution. 

Ample time-off.  We are looking for candidate who will give it their all when they are at work, and we recognize the need to “recharge your batteries” so you can continue to give top-notch service to our clients.  We give 160 hours of PTO to staff with under 10 years of experience and 200 hours of PTO to those over.  In addition, we’ll give you an extra 8 hours for every 5 years with our company.   

Paid premium overtime.  The first 80 hours of overtime goes into a comp time bank which you can use as additional paid time off.  If you work more overtime than that, we pay 1.5x your hourly pay rate.  Not just for entry-level positions, but for ALL positions. 

Generous benefits.  A fully paid health insurance premium combined with an HRA for your annual deductible pays 100% of your routine and minor healthcare costs.  Plus life, AD&D, short term and long term disability – with all insurance effective on day 1 of your employment.  A 401k that doesn’t require a match – you’ll get 3% AND the freedom to invest your money how you want.

A bonus that rewards your efforts.  We want people who will work hard with a “can-do” attitude and give our clients top notch service, and we expect to reward you for that effort!  We distribute approximately half (yes, half!) of our post-tax profits in our bonus program.  30% of that is pro-rated based on salaries for everyone who has been with us for over 12 months.  We are a team and it takes all of us working together to succeed.  70% of the bonus program is solely performance-based and rewards those that go above and beyond.  We recognize individual contributions for each year. 


Potential candidates for this position should fill out an application and contact Prairie Engineers via e-mail at jobs@prairieengineers.com

Prairie Engineers is a full-service engineering, geospatial, and environmental science consulting firm delivering sustainable infrastructure solutions to improve our natural and developed environment.  We are a woman-owned firm with offices in Columbia, Hillsboro, Washington, Champaign, and Springfield, Illinois; Keokuk, Iowa; and Hazelwood, Missouri.   

We are an equal opportunity employer that recognizes the value of diversity.  All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, handicap, marital status, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. 

Preference will be given to applicants who reside in a HUBZone as defined by the US Small Business Administration.  For a map of certified HUBZone areas, please refer to the following website: https://maps.certify.sba.gov/hubzone/map/ 

Prairie Engineers is the Small Firm Winner of the “Best Places for Engineers to Work” by the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers for 2021!  See what our employees have to say:  https://lnkd.in/dPwzv7r  

For additional information regarding our company and benefits offered our employees, please visit our website at www.prairieengineers.com