Senior Mechanical Engineer (US)

KGS Group is looking for a Senior Mechanical Engineer to join our newly established office in Granite Bay, California.

About us

We are KGS Group, an employee-owned, multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm serving clients throughout North America. We’re different than traditional engineering firms. We believe a commitment to lasting relationships is just as critical as the expertise applied in our work. To us that means we put our clients and people first. We have the discipline to consistently deliver KGS Quality, never taking the easy way out. We always look closer and dig deeper. And no matter the project, we care enough to do it right.

As an employee-owned company, we’re invested in our work and our people. Working with us means you’ll be part of some of the most interesting projects up and down the west coast. With the extensive, wide-ranging expertise within our company, you’ll have countless opportunities to learn and grow.

Many of our core clients operate in the hydropower and water management fields. We are growing our U.S. team to continue to provide our industry-leading services to these clients. As we expand our presence in California and in these markets, we are looking for strong candidates at all levels to join our team!

The role

As a Senior Mechanical Engineer, you will be responsible for providing engineering inputs integral to both small- and large-scale hydro projects. You will lead and mentor teams, support management of production and coordinate delivery of engineering inputs often with multi-disciplinary project team members and senior stakeholders. You will not only support and help grow the broader engineering team capabilities, but your particular focus will be on continuing the development of our powerhouse and energy capabilities and working with key staff in growing that aspect of the business.

You’ll also be involved in supporting project management duties, liaising with both internal and external clients as well as assisting with guiding and mentoring graduate engineers within the team. In this role you will lead teams conducting technical work involving turbines, gates and their associated systems, as well as other balance of plant systems in hydro structures. You will lead teams conducting technical work for feasibility studies, engineering designs, preparation of construction drawings and specifications, and carrying out onsite visits   for rehabilitation and upgrades to dams, hydroelectric facilities and new hydroelectric developments. You will participate in design and business development and play a large role in mentoring the team. You will be working in a collaborative environment with a great team of engineers and scientists, and you will also interface directly with clients.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide input to those managing and executing multiple projects (small to large) from the proposal stage through to completion
  • Establish connections with other departments to support and enhance service delivery
  • Manage and mentor junior staff
  • Design modifications to, or entirely new, mechanical systems related to dams, control structures, water retaining structures and hydroelectric generating stations
  • Manage and execute multiple projects from the proposal stage through to completion; Projects will include a variety of small to large projects involving water resources, flood control and hydroelectric sectors
  • Conduct site investigations, condition assessments and provide design and construction support
  • Mechanical engineering with cranes, hoists, hydroelectric turbines, generators and balance of plant systems
  • Mechanical engineering design of gates, valves, pumps and other hydro-mechanical machinery
  • Mechanical system design including piping isometrics, pipe stress analysis, drawing preparation oversight, reliability analysis, fatigue analysis and thermal analysis
  • Preparation and review of reports
  • Work collaboratively with other disciplines to execute project deliverables, as well as ensure that quality objectives, schedules and budgets are met
  • Edit and prepare design specifications
  • Provide detailed designs and coordination of facilities with team members
  • Conduct QA/QC on the work of other mechanical engineers, mechanical coordinators or technicians as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned

About you

  • Minimum of a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in mechanical engineering from a recognized university; A post graduate degree is an asset
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in mechanical engineering with demonstrated project management skills (tracking budgets and meeting schedules)
  • Must be registered as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) in California, as well as eligible for registration as a professional engineer in the state of Washington (as well as other states) would be a plus
  • Previous consulting experience is preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Candidate must be able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Travel to project sites is usually limited but will be required at times depending on project/client requirements
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and the ability/willingness to undergo security clearance checks
  • Must be able to effectively assume a lead role as project engineer at project meetings and communicate project and technical information with clients
  • Demonstrated experience in site investigations, condition assessments, design and construction support are preferred
  • Adept at pursuing new business opportunities with new and existing clients
  • Experience supporting business development/marketing and proposal writing efforts
  • Leadership skills with a proven track record
  • Experience managing and mentoring junior staff
  • Have the drive, attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must

KGS Group is an employee-owned equal opportunity company offering an excellent compensation and benefits package.

KGS Group welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Upon request, KGS Group will provide reasonable accommodation for disabilities to support participation of candidates in all aspects of the recruitment process.





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