Location:  Charlotte, North Carolina or Atlanta, Georgia

ZAPATA is a diverse, full-service engineering company with operations throughout the Continental United States in support of Department of Defense, federal government, and private sector clients.  The company is seeking an experienced Mechanical Engineer to work out of the Charlotte, NC or Atlanta, GA location.

Position Summary: This position performs mechanical design for HVAC systems and energy modeling in both new construction and renovations.  Must be knowledgeable in current codes, IBC, NMC, ASHRAE, etc. and experience in Central Energy Plant systems is preferred.  Experience applying the skills required for Department of Defense facilities, including demonstrating an understanding of the unique requirements of the active military, is regarded as a plus.  Provide additional support to others as needed.


  • Plans, designs, constructs and/or maintains mechanical systems and components
  • Prepares mechanical detailing for construction drawings
  • Evaluates, selects and applies standard mechanical engineering techniques, procedures and criteria, using judgment in making some substantial engineering adaptations and modifications to assigned projects
  • Conducts site visits to document conditions
  • Assists in the preparation of written reports
  • Assists in the planning, designing, and monitoring of projects for substantial new construction, renovation and improvement projects for real property facilities encompassing highly specialized or unique requirements
  • Assists in serving as a technical consultant concerning facilities planning, design, construction and/or maintenance for different categories of facilities; determine resources and perform long-range planning
  • Prepares specifications or construction cost estimates
  • Assists in the evaluation of contract bids, make recommendations to higher-level engineers regarding feasibility studies and assist in the management of large-scale construction projects


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering preferred
  • Current Professional Engineering license and ability to be licensed by other states
  • Minimum ten (10) years design experience
  • Military facilities design a plus
  • Working knowledge of applicable design and building codes
  • Experience administering and managing projects
  • Proficiency in AutoCad and mechanical engineering software
  • Computer proficiency in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to have strong rapport with clients
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • LEED-AP certification or ability to become certified in six months
  • Ability to obtain a DoD security clearance is required

ZAPATA offers a competitive benefits package, including but not limited to:  medical, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, disability and life insurance, paid time off, holiday pay, and 401(k) participation.

All employment offers are contingent upon successfully completing a criminal background check and drug screen. ZAPATA participates in E-Verify.

EOE AA M/F/Disabled/Veterans VEVRAA Federal contractor. ZAPATA desires priority referrals. Drug Free Workplace  

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