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Graduate Mechanical Engineer 

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 more than 12 straight years, 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 want to be the best. Are you right person to help us?
Category Mechanical Engineering  
Location Grand Rapids, MI  


As a Graduate Mechanical Engineer, you are an entry level engineer responsible for working with the Mechanical Project Engineer in the design of mechanical systems for various project building types, including load analysis, equipment sizing, ductwork sizing, design of hydronic systems and coordinating this information with the project design.


Project Quality

  • Bring design thinking to the process of producing contract documents.
  • Prepare building models and detailed contract documents.
  • Coordinate technical components of projects with other internal disciplines and outside consultants.
  • Develop project specifications in coordination with drawings.
  • Provide design analysis consistent with Progressive AE standards.
  • Provide control strategies for project budget overruns.
  • Alert the Senior Mechanical Engineer when a change in scope of work changes.
  • Coordinate use and track shared electronic documentation and files with internal and external project team members including clients, contractors and consultants.
  • Use design software/technology, including Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp, BSD Spec Link and other emerging technologies for presentation and production purposes.
  • Act as an ambassador for company-wide values and ethical standards of practice.
  • Attend and actively participate in team meetings and activities including ‘Lessons Learned' sessions.


  • Produce contract documents that are efficient and consistent with the scope of work, schedule and fee allotted to complete the work.
  • Alert the Senior Mechanical Engineer when inconsistencies occur as they relate to design and documentation.

Commitment to Client Service

  • Foster a commitment to external and internal client service.
  • Exhibit a level of comfort and confidence with client representatives regarding area of expertise.
  • Maintain a positive relationship of trust with Client Leadership regarding area of expertise.
  • Embrace the iterative nature of the design process and execute work in a timely manner.
Position Requirements


  • BSME or BSAS with specialty in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent in education. Passed Fundamentals of Engineering exam (or in process) preferred.
  • Minimum of 0 – 5 years of experience.
  • Knowledge of Revit and AutoCAD, required.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook required.
  • Strong communication skills, including written, verbal, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to coordinate and integrate work effectively with designers, engineers, construction administrators, consultants and any other members of the project team.
  • Ability to produce construction drawings and specifications. Knowledge of building codes and regulations, and the ability to research and apply/incorporate into technical documents.
  • Knowledge of quality assurance/quality control processes.
  • Ability to communicate professionally to people both internally and externally within all levels of the organization(s) they represent.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Comfortable working under pressure in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Ability to successfully prioritize work, manage multiple projects, and meet tight deadlines.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-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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