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Electrical Engineer or Designer 

About the Organization What is it you want out of your career?

If you're looking for an opportunity to grow, to be challenged, to work hard and to be part of a growing team, then Progressive AE may be the place for you. We work hard to surround ourselves with professionals who are more than just good at their job. We want engineers, architects, designers and support staff who have a desire to help shape our company. We need colleagues who will help us grow by thinking outside their job description. The work we do here is challenging, and sometimes the hours are long. But we're committed to serving our clients and providing the best solutions possible.

Progressive AE is a full-service, forward-thinking design firm. With offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Charlotte, North Carolina, we work on projects around the country that offer a variety and challenge you won't find at many other firms. And we don't relegate creativity just to 'creatives'-we encourage original thinking in every part of the organization-from support staff to engineering.

Since we're an employee-owned company, you'll be able to see the benefits of your hard work. And in return, we'll invest in you. This includes an in-depth wellness program with fitness classes and health coaching, flexible schedules, continuing education, mentorship, volunteer opportunities and internal leadership positions. In fact, we've been named one of the Best & Brightest Places to Work for since 2006, named Business Leader of the Year, received the Community and Educational Partnership Awards, and are the proud winners of the Governor's Fitness Award.

We are always looking for talented individuals to advance the strategic goals of our firm. If you are a big picture thinker with unique technical skills, we'd like to consider your application.

Category Electrical Engineering  
Location Grand Rapids, MI  


As the Electrical Engineer/Designer, you are responsible for the design and development of electrical systems for various project building types. These systems include but are not limited to: power distribution, lighting, fire alarm, security systems, and communications.


Project Quality

  • Provide design analysis consistent with Progressive AE standards.
  • Coordinate small scale work of the electrical design team through the schematic design development and construction document phase of a project.
  • Establish meetings and participate in reviews with various governing agencies for code compliance.
  • Conduct work sessions or meetings at project site in conjunction with the Project Manager and other disciplines.
  • Use design software/technology, including Revit, AutoCAD, BSD Speclink, Elum Tools or Visual Lighting Software, Easy Power and other emerging technologies for presentation and production purposes.
  • Assist in the preparation of building models, detailed contract documents, construction documents, photometric simulations, arc flash and specifications consistent with Progressive AE’s standards. Prepare building models and detailed contract documents.
  • Coordinate workload to complete the documents on schedule.
  • Coordinate technical projects with other internal disciplines and outside consultants to ensure that conflicts do not exist in the documents.
  • Coordinate and assist with affected disciplines that have any addendum requests for information, change proposal requests, and/or change orders and is responsible to incorporate agreed upon changes into the project documents.
  • Complete work in a timely manner and alert the Senior Electrical Engineer and team members when a change in scope of work changes.
  • Assist in providing control strategies for project budget overruns.
  • Attend scheduled team meetings and be an active participant.
  • Coordinate use and track shared electronic documentation and files with internal and external project team members including clients, contractors and consultants.
  • Maintain knowledge of current trends and new technical information as it relates to the discipline and applies knowledge to deliver high quality results.
  • Assist in organizing team meetings and activities including ‘Lessons Learned’ sessions.
  • Act as an ambassador for company-wide values and ethical standards of practice.


  • Assist Senior Electrical Engineer with the preparation of engineering proposals, as needed.
  • Assist the Senior Electrical Engineer in monitoring budget and schedule.
  • Work with the Senior Electrical Engineer to provide control strategies for project budget overruns.
  • Oversee and produce contract documents that are efficient and consistent with the scope of work, schedule, and fee allotted to complete the work.
  • Identify and work with the Senior Electrical Engineer toward solutions when inconsistencies occur as they relate to design and documentation.

Commitment to Client Service

  • Foster a personal commitment and hold others accountable to a high level of external and internal client service.
  • Exhibit a level of comfort and confidence with client representatives regarding your area of expertise.
  • Maintain a positive relationship of trust with Client Leadership regarding your area of expertise.
Position Requirements


  • BS in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience with a wide variety of project types, preferred.
  • Licensed professional engineer (PE), preferred.
  • Knowledge of Revit and AutoCAD, required.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook required.
  • Experience in Arc Flash Studies utilizing software for simulations. Proficiency in Elum Tools or Visual Lighting Software, and Easy Power.
  • Ability to coordinate and integrate work with designers, other engineers, construction administrators, consultants and any other members of the project team. Ability to oversee and work effectively with project team members evidenced by positive project results and outcomes.
  • Advanced knowledge of the production of construction drawings and specifications.
  • Advanced knowledge of quality assurance/quality control processes.
  • Advanced knowledge of electrical standards and regulations across various states in which Progressive AE works, and the ability to research and apply/incorporate into technical documents.
  • Ability to work independently and take on large, complex tasks and assignments, as well as those of a routine nature. Ability to successfully prioritize work, manage multiple projects, and meet tight deadlines. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Comfortable working under pressure in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Ability to communicate professionally to people both internally and externally within all levels of the organization(s) they represent. Ability to oversee and work effectively with project team members evidenced by positive project results and outcomes.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
EOE Statement Progressive AE is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing equal opportunity to all qualified individuals in its employment practices. Progressive AE strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination against employees and applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, disability, age, qualified veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applicants with a disability, who require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, may email for assistance. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.  

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