VEIC

Engineering Consultant - Building Modeling

Job Locations US-VT-Winooski | US-VT
# of Openings
1
Category
Engineering
Deadline to Apply
5/22/2022

Overview

Identifies, advocates for and advises on energy efficiency improvements in new construction and existing industrial, commercial and multi-family buildings and facilities. Whole building energy modeling experience, particularly using EnergyPlus and/or OpenStudio. Participates in the development and delivery of market-based services to maximize the penetration of cost-effective energy efficiency in business markets while contributing to a mission-driven, creative, enjoyable, and stimulating work environment. 

 

Preferred Experience/skills:

  • Knowledge of commercial building HVAC and control systems.
  • Basic ability to write and develop software scripts in Python, Ruby, R, or similar.
  • Exposure to version control systems such as Git or Subversion.
  • Experience with the Modelica Language is a plus

Diversity & Inclusion statement:

We are committed to building a work community that is inclusive and represents a vibrant diversity of background, experience, perspective, and thought. Climate change impacts all of us; however, we are impacted differently based on our identities and experiences. We all deserve a place at the table to make decisions about our collective future – we hope you’ll consider joining us as we work towards our vision for a healthy planet, thriving people, and energy justice.

Candidates across all markers of identity (age, race, gender, ability, communication style, etc.) are highly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities

  • Works with a wide range of customers, including business owners, architects, engineers, vendors, trade allies, and other relevant players to promote the installation of cost-effective efficiency improvements in customers’ future and existing buildings/facilities and to creatively overcome barriers to installation in accordance with strategic plans. Excels at maintaining customer relationships and utilizes investigative questioning to successfully determine how best to proceed with a variety of customers.
  • Provides appropriate levels of technical support that increase participation in energy efficiency services.  Performs basic energy and financial analyses, analyzes fuel and utility bills, estimates savings and costs, screens measures, and provides technical assistance and upgrade recommendations for customers.  Performs and presents insightful and strategically targeted custom energy and financial analysis reflecting identified unique business knowledge for customers for who the long-term business relationship is critical to realizing full savings potential.  Educates customers, contractors, and design professionals as needed.
  • Plays an active role in identifying innovative technical solutions and applies that knowledge in working with customers regarding new technical products, process improvements, and substantial technological opportunities and occasionally presents to staff about these.
  • Excels at building and maintaining relationships with customer decision-makers and implementation staff to develop project energy savings goals in a manner that leads to consistent repeat business.  Determine, present, and negotiate the appropriate rebates.  Manages customer expectations and capably persuades customers to make investments in energy efficiency.
  • Works with customers to identify and prioritize site-specific project needs and opportunities, develop customer relationships, manage customer expectations and inspect installed measures.  Consistently collaborates with several long-term customers to incorporate opportunities into the customer’s planning process.
  • Supports and collaborates with other VEIC staff to deliver market-based services.  For example: supporting business developments efforts, attending conferences, assisting with the development of training for clients and internal staff, researching new products, technologies, and identifying and implementing improvements to our processes and approaches.
  • Maintains accurate and timely project records and documentation within VEIC’s database system and in hard copy files.
  • Provides and models exemplary customer service both internally and externally to the organization.
  • Provides guidance to less experienced Engineering Staff.
  • Delivers and assists with improving technical results and has responsibilities below which includes but is not limited to the following areas.  
    • Provides consulting services pertaining to equipment and facility energy use for commercial and industrial customers.  Services include customer-specific energy and financial analysis, site inspections, building and systems diagnostics, and oral and written feedback and recommendations;
    • Develops tools for personal and team use for calculating energy conservation measure efficiency 
    • Provides training, field mentoring for less-experienced VEIC staff, and guidance to customers and relevant market actors in accordance with energy efficiency service protocols and approaches;
    • Partners with general contractors, manufacturing representatives, and design professionals to promote and implement energy efficiency measures that encourage future participation in VEIC services;
    • Provides public presentations relating to multifamily, commercial and industrial building and facility energy efficiency to various audiences;
    • Assists customers to develop project specifications, solicit contractor submittals, evaluate proposals, and participate in pre-bid meetings for projects moderate in size and complexity as appropriate;
    • Reviews other Energy Consultant savings calculations.
    • Performs on-site inspections which may include measuring dimensions of building components, verification of installed heating, cooling, and/or ventilation systems, diagnostic testing, and collecting and recording data; Analyzes building energy efficiency levels using energy rating or other modeling software or through other accepted tools and provides reports and documents as well as oral and written recommendations to customers.
  • Supports the coordination of activities with other staff, groups, and divisions within VEIC as is necessary to accomplish organizational goals and objectives.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Strong personal commitment to the mission, vision, goals, and values of VEIC. 
  • Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical, electrical, or related engineering field plus a minimum of three years experience analyzing multifamily, commercial, or industrial energy use, identifying opportunities for energy improvements, and assisting customers or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills were acquired. 
  • Strong understanding of buildings, facilities, and/or manufacturing systems, building energy use, building construction, and energy analysis techniques.  Experience with large-scale commercial/industrial a plus. 
  • Demonstrated and applied understanding of negotiations skills, financial analysis, and business strategies. 
  • Demonstrated success in handling multiple, concurrent projects as it relates to project management, construction management, and building long-term customer relationships. 
  • Programming skill in an object-oriented language, preferably Python. Able to write scripts for energy analysis and visualization  
  • Experienced with mobile PC applications and tablet computer use, building energy modeling tools, spreadsheet, word processing, and database software. 
  • Knowledge of relevant codes and standards and demonstrated leadership internally and externally in at least one significant area of technical and/or financial expertise. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and competent written and oral communications skills and ability to apply them within a team environment. 
  • Demonstrated ability to be organized, detail-oriented, accurate, and able to track progress to ensure timely involvement in multiple projects of moderate size and complexity and associated tasks and competing priorities in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. 
  • Willingly and positively adapts to new situations, processes, and innovation; ability to adapt style to meet the needs of individuals and/or the organization. 
  • Must be able to work independently and use sound decision-making practices while maintaining high-level organizational goals. 

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