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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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Building Energy Modeler/Analyst

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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