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Energy Engineer

Rochester, NY

Salary Range: $75,000 – $95,000

Summary:  RED-Rochester’s (RED) Energy Engineer works in support of the RED Energy Manager.  In this role, the Energy Engineer will provide support for the active management of energy use across the entire scope of RED’s utility assets and processes, with a focus on lowering site carbon emissions and operational costs through energy efficiency and system optimization. The Energy Engineer utilizes various tools and software to monitor energy use and efficiency to assist with identifying and developing energy conservation projects. The Energy Engineer provides information, analyses and recommendations to RED, Ironclad, and SDCL/SEEIT leadership as requested, particularly with business case development for capital improvement projects.  The Energy Engineer will also have opportunities to actively support the planning and execution of the resultant improvement projects from engineering to commissioning.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Monitor, analyze and interpret energy data.
  • Conduct energy audits and “walk-throughs” to evaluate energy use, costs, and identify energy conservation measures with respect to RED’s buildings, utilities generation and utilities distribution systems.
  • Conduct jobsite observations, field inspections, or sub-metering to collect data for energy conservation analyses.
  • Identify energy savings opportunities and make recommendations to achieve more energy efficient operation.
  • Perform energy modeling, measurement, verification, commissioning, or retro-commissioning.
  • Oversee design or construction aspects related to energy such as energy engineering, energy management, and sustainable design.
  • Prepare project reports and other program or technical documentation.
  • Identify and establish working relationships with outside engineering, construction and procurement firms (with focus on energy conservation and utility generation resources)
  • Partners with RED, Ironclad and SDCL/SEEIT personnel on varying levels as necessary to investigate, analyze and implement improvement projects.
  • Works independently on assignments with guidance from senior team members and managers.
  • Identifies and utilizes simulation software and spreadsheets to accurately represent pre and post energy project performance.
  • Customizes software and spreadsheets to achieve desired technical analyses.
  • Recommends best methods for measurement and verification of systems performance pre and post project execution.
  • Establishes proficiency in analyzing RED’s operational data collected by OSIsoft PI-Vision data historian.
  • Periodically attends educational seminars and conferences and maintains current knowledge of latest technology offerings as related to RED’s utility systems.
  • Assists with preparation of RFP’s for project bids and equipment procurement.
  • Provides engineering design support as appropriate to develop and execute projects.

Education and/or Experience: 

  • Bachelors of Science in Mechanical, Electrical or Energy Engineering
  • Functional knowledge, engineering experience or a strong desire to learn about steam power generation, gas turbine power generation, boilers, industrial refrigeration, compressed air, pumping, and hydronics systems.
  • 3 to 5 years’ experience in a related engineering field.
  • Experience or willingness to develop a high level of proficiency with NYSERDA and RG&E energy rebate programs.

 

Preferred Certifications/Licenses:

  • Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification obtained through the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), preferred but not required.
  • Active New York State PE License or working to achieve licensure, preferred by not required.

 

Skills/Competencies: 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including advanced aptitude with use of Microsoft Excel and spreadsheets.
  • Experience with OSIsoft PI-Vision data historian (or similar software) preferred.
  • Good communications skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from senior management, customers, and operational level personnel.
  • Desire for hands-on project development and customer contact
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Must be a “results-driven, self-starter” with the desire to bring creative solutions to a dynamic operating environment.
  • Dedication to highest levels of utility service reliability and customer service
  • Able to adjust easily to rapid change, possess a strong sense of urgency and is able to work well under pressure.

 

Work Environment:

  • A combination of normal office, industrial power generation and industrial park conditions. Weather consistent with historical seasonal changes in Rochester, NY.
  • Potential to work outside in all weather conditions from street level to roof tops.
  • Possibility of temperatures ranging from extreme cold to over 100 degrees.
  • Must work at times in dirty or noisy areas.

 

Physical Demands:

  • Able to operate computer keyboard, printers, copier, etc.
  • Visual and hearing ability
  • Able to move between buildings in Eastman Business Park which may require climbing as much as thirteen flights of stairs from time-to-time
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and willingness to use a company or personal car to travel about Eastman Business Park which covers approximately 5 square miles.