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Energy Engineer

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Energy Engineer
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170279
About Virginia Tech:

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Position Summary:

Reporting to the Campus Energy Manager, the Energy Engineer will design and develop the energy retrofit projects for campus buildings to reduce energy costs and support University’s sustainability and resource conservation objectives. Candidate will have an exceptional understanding of HVAC systems, compressed air system, refrigeration, lighting, building envelope and electrical systems in the buildings. The Energy Engineer will identify, evaluate and develop energy efficiency projects for a wide spectrum of buildings on campus including research laboratories, academic buildings, and athletic facilities. The candidate will have a thorough understanding of building mechanical and control systems and substantial experience in the field of energy efficiency upgrades and system optimization. The candidate will have the ability to perform measurement and verification of energy conservation projects to assure implemented projects are generating the projected energy savings. This position will support the University’s Engineering Operations group on all campus-wide energy/water efficiency and retro-commissioning projects.
Additionally, this position includes a supervisory role over the Energy Auditor.

Required Qualifications:

- Advanced degree in mechanical or industrial engineering or Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or industrial engineering and related professional experience equivalent to an advanced degree.
- Significant years or related experience in designing or operating building HVAC systems, energy systems, or in the field of energy engineering or energy management.
- Professional Engineer (PE) license and ability to receive VA PE license within one year of employment.
- Certified Energy Manager (CEM) by the Association of Energy Engineers.
- Strong knowledge of HVAC theory and applications for commercial buildings.
- Experience conducting field measurements and data logging on HVAC systems.
- Experience developing ECMs (energy conservation measures).
- Experience performing energy saving analysis using ASRAE simplified bin methods and spreadsheets.
- Experience using building energy. simulation tools such as eQuest, DOE-2, etc.
- Experience working with external contractors for project pricing.
- Familiarity with International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) guidelines.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Must have a valid driver’s license.
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to work independently.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Master’s degree in mechanical or industrial engineering.
- Considerable experience in Energy Performance Contracting for commercial buildings.
- TAB/Commissioning Certifications.
- Experience conducting ASRAE Level III (investment grade) energy audits for commercial buildings.
- Experience with building commissioning and retro-commissioning.
- Experience using building automation or scada systems such as, Siemens “Apogee”, JCI “Metasys”, Honeywell “EBI”, Trane “Summit”, etc.
- Experience supporting the implementation of ECMs during construction phase.
- Experience verifying energy savings using regression analysis or calibrated simulation.
- High level of proficiency using Microsoft Excel.

Employment Conditions: Must have an acceptable and safe driving record, Must have a driver's license check, Other (Describe Below)
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

- Additional hours or modified schedule may be required to meet the needs of the department.
- As situation dictates, must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Occasional use/wearing of a respirator may be required.
- This position meets the criteria for issuance of a mobile communication device (such as radio, cell-phone, I-pad, I-pod, pager, etc.). Devices issued are the responsibility of the employee and are to be returned in satisfactory condition upon separation of employment. Devices are to be used according to supervisor instruction and according to relevant policies.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

For a full description of the position and requirements, and to apply, please go to, posting #AP0170279. Attach a resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references to the online application. Review of applications will begin on October 24, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: FS - Facilities Engineering Ops
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Job Posting Date: 10/05/2017
Review Begin Date: 10/24/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

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  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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