Engineering firm relocates to downtown Orlando, in hiring mode

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New York-based McLaren Engineering Group is doubling the size of its office space as it relocates to downtown Orlando and it's hiring more engineers for its team.

The new office, located at 201 N. Magnolia Ave., increases the square footage of its previous office near Universal Studios that was 1,140 square feet to 2,800 square feet.

“It’s a strategic move because we want to be close to our clients. The space downtown also is going to make it easier to attract workers thanks to the convenience of having SunRail nearby,” said Andrew Habel, head of the Orlando office.

The firm has 210 employees overall with multiple offices on the East Coast. However, the Orlando office is the group’s only Florida location currently.

Habel said employees have relocated to the new office, which now has a staff of eight. The firm is looking to hire additional workers for three soon-to-be available positions. McLaren Engineering Group is also seeking a senior project engineer-diver for its corporate headquarters in West Nyack, N.Y.

Habel didn’t disclose the salary for the positions since it will be based on the individual’s experience, but did say the firm’s salaries are competitive.

The average salary for a staff engineer in Florida is $130,000, while the average salary for a junior engineer is $58,277, according to Glassdoor.

The engineering group has completed more than 14,000 projects, including working with Cirque du Soleil La Nouba’s Bamboo Aerial Act where it reviewed equipment, rigging and supporting structure. McLaren Engineering Group also performed structural engineering, construction administration,and design services for the 584,300-square-foot, state-of-the-art Baldwin Harbor luxury residential complex, which opened in late 2016 and was estimated to cost between $70 million-$100 million.

“We’re chasing contracts with local cities. We have a small job in Kissimmee right now, and we are doing some work at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport,” Habel said.

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