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Solutions Architect (Boston)

New Ecology, Inc. is seeking a Solutions Architect in its Boston office.

New Ecology is developing low-cost building monitoring systems designed to reduce energy and water consumption, reduce carbon outputs, improve occupant comfort, lower operating costs and reduce equipment maintenance costs.  The Solutions Architect will work directly with the Chief Technology Officer to manage research and development and implementation of these systems.

New Ecology has developed and deployed monitoring solutions for heating and hot-water systems in multifamily housing that collect operational data for fault-detection and controls optimization, and monitors potable water consumption in real time. NEI is building a team to help expand this work into new market sectors and equipment types while reaching a scale that can have measurable impacts on energy efficiency.  We believe this approach is capable of rapidly reducing carbon emissions.

Job Duties

Working directly with the Chief Technology Officer, the Solutions Architect will manage research and development and implementation of systems to remotely monitor operational conditions in buildings.  The work includes:

  • selecting and configuring hardware to monitor building systems and conditions,
  • developing and troubleshooting networking and communication systems,
  • integrating with building automation systems,
  • developing and deploying software to analyze complex data streams, and
  • managing contractors in all of these areas.

Qualifications

Education

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, or similar

Preferred:

  • Graduate degree in automation, process control, machine learning, or data science

 Work Experience

  • 3+ years’ work experience in a technical setting that includes IT, building automation and IoT that includes product development and project management

Technical Experience

Required:

  • IT, networking, computer security
  • Proficiency in at least one programming language
  • Familiarity with Relational Databases and/or Time Series Databases
  • Experience working with REST APIs

Preferred Technical Experience in:

  • Machine Learning tools
  • Cloud computing infrastructures (AWS, Azure)
  • Wireless sensors and communications protocols (e.g., LoRaWAN)
  • BAS/BMS Controls programming
  • SkyFoundry SkySpark

Other Skills

We are seeking candidates that are entrepreneurial, love to solve complex problems and are committed lifelong learners who do their best work in a collaborative setting. We require solid written and verbal communications skills. The ideal candidate would have experience in the energy industry and an understanding of mechanical systems (e.g., boilers, pumps, etc.).

Schedule: Full time, exempt. Occasional travel to job sites and meetings throughout Greater Boston area may be required.

Compensation: Competitive pay and generous benefits package.  Professional development is a priority and we provide financial assistance for training and certifications.

To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume to: careers@newecology.org (please put “Solutions Architect” in subject line).

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Energy Engineer (mid-Atlantic region)

New Ecology, Inc. is seeking candidates for the position of Energy Engineer reporting to our mid-Atlantic offices. The Energy Engineer will provide technical support to green building projects, including evaluating existing buildings to improve their performance, peer reviewing the designs of others, creating conceptual designs for efficiency upgrades, basic equipment commissioning, building auditing and interpreting usage data collected from remote monitoring and building energy management systems. We are seeking an experienced engineer with a mechanical engineering degree (or related field) and substantial experience with HVAC systems.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to New Ecology, Inc.’s Director of Engineering, the Energy Engineer will collaborate extensively with project managers and other technical staff.  Specific tasks may include:

  • working with building owners to improve the energy performance of their buildings, including conducting building system assessments and developing recommendations for energy efficient upgrades to systems, including plumbing, HVAC, lighting, on-site generation, and other energy and water systems;
  • analyzing energy usage and calculating savings using spreadsheet tools and modeling software;
  • estimating costs and conducting cost-benefit analysis of upgrades and writing audit reports;
  • peer review of HVAC plans and specifications prepared by others to maximize efficiency and ensure compliance with best practices, project design goals and green building standards;
  • preparing conceptual designs and specifications and bid packages;
  • preparing Owners Project Requirements for use by owners’ consulting engineers and other team members;
  • conducting forensic studies and quality control inspections of completed projects; and
  • assisting with the development of remote monitoring systems and in interpreting data generated by these systems and other building energy management systems.

New Ecology typically seeks to hire multidisciplinary, lifelong learners who naturally seek deeper and deeper understanding of how buildings operate, how finances, markets and regulations affect building ownership, and how this understanding can be used to convince owners and operators to adapt greener practices.

Required Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (or related field);
  • At least five years’ experience in evaluation of building mechanical systems and other building systems, HVAC design, and energy efficiency consulting work.

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • An advanced degree;
  • Specific experience as an energy manager;
  • Professional designations such as LEED, CEM, BPI Multifamily;
  • A demonstrated ability to be responsible for projects and deliverables;
  • Strong writing skills and experience writing reports for clients;
  • Experience commissioning and doing forensic diagnosis of HVAC equipment;
  • Knowledge of utility rebate programs;
  • Experience auditing multifamily, assisted living facilities, and public buildings;
  • Physical abilities to inspect all aspects of buildings including accessing basements and roofs, working outside, climbing stairs/ladders, and the ability to handle and carry equipment;
  • A valid driver’s license is required, and
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.

The candidate should be prepared for increased responsibility in a rapidly growing company.

Schedule: Full time, exempt. Regular travel to job sites and meetings throughout the mid-Atlantic region is expected.  Occasional travel to our Boston “home” office for projects, meetings, conferences and training.

Compensation: Competitive pay and generous benefits package.  Professional development is a priority and we provide financial assistance for training and certifications.

 To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume to: careers@newecology.org (please put “Energy Engineer-mid-Atlantic” in subject line).

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Energy Engineer (intern-Summer 2019)

New Ecology, Inc. is seeking candidates for the role of Energy Engineer Intern in its Boston office. This would be a summer internship (approximately three months), working full-time to support the engineering team at New Ecology. This is a small cross-functional team that performs energy audits, calculates energy savings with spreadsheet tools, does energy simulations with standard modeling software, and generally provides engineering support for the organization. This position will provide an excellent introduction and ongoing knowledge development for energy efficiency in buildings and more generally for building science, sustainable energy, renewable power, modeling techniques, and analysis.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support energy audit and data analysis work;
  • Attend site audits and collect data in the field;
  • Develop spreadsheet calculations for energy efficiency measures;
  • Report writing and research special topics.
  • Review building plans and extract important information for use in an energy simulation;
  • Develop building geometry from CAD and other types of files for import to modeling tools;
  • Use building codes to develop baselines.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have or be working on a degree in a related field such as mechanical engineering, preferably having classes in heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics, and will have some experience performing research, analysis, and reporting in an academic or professional setting. A demonstrated ability to be responsible for projects and deliverables, and to be creative in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the processes is expected.

It will also be helpful to have proficiency with 2D or 3D drawing/design software such as Autocad or Solidworks as well as Microsoft Office, with advanced experience with MS Excel.  Helpful but not required experience includes a background in building construction or renovation, a familiarity with building science, ASHRAE standards, HVAC systems, electrical systems, and green building programs such as LEED and Energy Star.

Schedule: Full time (40 hours per week), starting early June and ending August 31, 2019 (to coincide with MassCEC’s summer session). Though most of the data analysis will be done on computers in an office setting, we would like the intern to accompany our staff on some site audits this summer (typically located in greater Boston), but may require occasional travel within the state of MA.

Compensation: This is an hourly paid position, funding however may be contingent upon support from outside grants such as the MassClean Energy Internship program.

To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume to: careers@newecology.org (please put “Energy Engineer Internship” in the subject line). Priority may be given to students enrolled in, or eligible for the MassClean Energy Internship program: www.masscec.com/clean-energy-internship-program.

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Building Energy Modeler/Analyst (Boston)

New Ecology, Inc. is seeking candidates for the position of Building Energy Modeler/Analyst in its Boston office. The Modeler will use his or her knowledge of engineering and the simulation process to support projects requiring computer modeling for code compliance, LEED and Energy Star compliance, existing building energy audits, utility program evaluations, and comparison of design alternatives. In this position the Modeler will join our current modeling staff, and work with New Ecology’s project managers and engineers to develop accurate energy simulations for baseline and proposed conditions, and to guide our clients’ design and optimization process. The energy modelers at New Ecology work with a small engineering team that, in addition to performing energy simulations, conducts energy audits, calculates savings with spreadsheet tools, delivers architectural and mechanical design support, provides building monitoring and optimization, and generally provides engineering support for the organization.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Building Energy Modeler’s duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform whole building energy modeling and analysis at a variety of stages of project design and development, utilizing predominately the ASHRAE 90.1 Appendix G framework;
  • Develop building geometry from plans which may be provided in a variety of formats;
  • Model all types of building HVAC systems within the software;
  • Perform calculations outside the modeling software as required;
  • Use eQuest, Energy Plus, and possibly other simulation software, as well as 2D and 3D drawing programs, support software, and spreadsheets. These could include Autocad, Revit, Sketchup, Open Studio, and Rhino. Develop spreadsheet documentation that supports the modeling process;
  • Use scripting in Python or other tools to enhance model creation;
  • Analyze the model outputs;
  • Provide feedback to project teams on cost effective ways of improving building performance and sustainability. Develop and write studies that detail building components, describe energy efficiency alternatives to improve design and control, and outline modeling assumptions, for new and existing facilities;
  • Manage time effectively and within project budget constraints;
  • Assist with development of scopes of work by providing detailed information related to the time and costs associated with energy modeling.

Qualifications:

New Ecology typically seeks to hire multidisciplinary, lifelong learners who naturally seek deeper and deeper understanding of how buildings operate and how this understanding can be used to convince owners and operators to adapt greener practices.

The ideal candidate will be results-oriented and a team player. The applicant’s experience and qualifications will ideally include many of the following items:

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in mechanical/architectural engineering or related field.
  • 1+ years of demonstrable experience with common energy analysis/benchmarking and energy modeling software, with a specific focus on eQUEST and EnergyPlus. Familiarity with Trane Trace, Carrier HAP, Excel-based energy calculations, etc. is a plus;
  • 1+ years’ experience related to building energy systems design;
  • Proficiency with 2D and 3D drawing software such as Autocad, Revit, and Sketchup;
  • Competence with spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel;
  • Understanding of building HVAC, lighting and other related systems, and ability to efficiently read and interpret drawings and specifications;
  • Basic knowledge of building enclosure systems and building science;
  • Knowledge of the basic physics and engineering equations underlying building energy calculations;
  • Familiarity with energy codes, including the international codes such as IECC, and ASHRAE standards.
  • Experience with modeling to meet the LEED, Energy Star Multifamily High Rise, and utility rebate program requirements;
  • Excellent planning and organization skills;
  • Ability to distill basic information out of complex development projects, assess challenges, and generate and communicate recommended resolutions;
  • CEM, LEED, or credentials in related areas will be considered an advantage, as will the ASHRAE BEMP certificate (building energy modeling professional);
  • Experience with modeling support software such as Open Studio and Rhino, and experience with Python or Excel VBA is desirable.

Compensation: Competitive pay and generous benefits package. Professional development is a priority and we provide financial assistance for training and certifications.

To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume to: careers@newecology.org (please put “Building Energy Modeler” in the subject line).

 NEI is committed to developing a diverse staff.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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