Principal Mechanical Engineer

Waukegan, IL 60064

Employment Type: Contract to Perm Job Category: Mechanical Design Job Number: MC67319112 Compensation: $80-100 / hour

Job Description

Position:  Principal Mechanical Engineer (P.E. - Illinois License Required)
Location:  Waukegan, IL  60085 Hybrid onsite 2-3 days a week
Duration:  6-12+ months Contract to hire
Do you thrive in a leadership role where you can leverage your extensive mechanical engineering expertise across diverse projects? Are you a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Illinois with a passion for ensuring project success? 
Do you have a career history marked by a consistent series of technical contributions and accomplishments to a product or process development?
If so, we want to hear from you!
Sterling Engineering is seeking a highly motivated and results-oriented Principal Mechanical Engineer to join our growing team. In this leadership role, you will play a pivotal role in overseeing and executing various engineering projects, including facilities design, equipment selection, large capital expenditure (CAPEX) projects, laboratory renovations, and construction-related tasks.
  • Provide technical leadership and expertise and compliance for all mechanical engineering aspects of assigned projects to include Facilities, Equipment, Large projects, Laboratory renovations, construction related work, design reviews and checking external architecture designs. 
  • Ensure quality and results that function through sound design, early identification and mitigation of risks, implementation of fallback strategies.    
  • Manage the design process for facilities, equipment selection, and CAPEX projects, ensuring adherence to budget, schedule, and quality standards.
  • Lead and mentor a team of mechanical engineers, providing guidance and support for their professional development.
  • Maintain project controls and reporting for cost, scope, and schedule.  Develop execution strategy including procurement.
  • Analyze business forces (customer, suppliers, competitors, technologies, government regulations) to identify trends and recommend response. 
  • Conduct thorough reviews of internal and external design submittals, including those from architectural firms, ensuring adherence to codes, standards, and project specifications.
  • Provide final approval and stamping on mechanical designs.
  • Collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams, including project managers, architects, contractors, and internal stakeholders.
  • Identify and implement strategies for cost optimization and risk mitigation throughout the project lifecycle.
  • Maintain a strong understanding of relevant building codes and safety regulations (e.g., IBC, ASME, NFPA).
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Science, or a related discipline  
  • Professional Engineer (P.E.) license in the state of Illinois (mandatory).
  • Minimum 10+ years of experience in a relevant engineering field, with a strong focus on mechanical engineering for facilities, equipment, and construction projects.
  • Proven experience in leading and managing complex engineering projects from concept to completion.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and collaboration skills.
  • Proficient in mechanical engineering design software (e.g., AutoCAD, SolidWorks).
  • Familiarity with building codes and safety regulations a plus.

About us…Sterling Engineering… As a Sterling Engineering W2 employee on contract, you are eligible to receive a Full Employee Benefits Package that includes Paid Time Off, Paid Holidays, 3 Medical plans to choose from, Dental & Vision plans, 401(k) with a match, and an Employee Stock Ownership (ESOP) plan.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.


Meet Your Recruiter

Mike Schmitz
Technical Recruiter

Mike Schmitz is an esteemed Recruiting Team Leader specializing in the Life Sciences Division. With an impressive tenure of over 12 years at Sterling and a remarkable 16-year career in the recruiting arena, Mike has cemented his reputation as a trailblazer in talent acquisition.

As a Recruiting Team Leader, Mike's understanding of the intricacies within the Life Sciences Division is unparalleled. His expertise positions him as a strategic partner in bridging the gap between talented professionals and opportunities that align with their aspirations.

With a career spanning 16 years, Mike's journey in the recruitment landscape has been defined by his dedication to facilitating more fulfilling careers for skilled professionals. His ability to understand everyone’s unique strengths and match them with roles that foster growth and satisfaction marks him as a true advocate for professional development.

Mike's advice to candidates reflects his commitment to helping them excel: approach every job interview with positivity and authenticity. He firmly believes that a positive attitude and an engaging personality are pivotal in creating lasting impressions. Mike emphasizes that while technical qualifications are crucial, the ability to connect with interviewers and present oneself effectively is equally valuable to prospective employers.

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