Energy Consultant

Vemont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC)
Closing Date: 
Fri, 01/20/2017

Job Summary:

Identifies, advocates for and advises on energy efficiency improvements in new construction and existing industrial, commercial and multi-family buildings and facilities. Participates in the delivery of cost effective energy efficiency solutions to commercial buildings while contributing to a mission-driven, creative, enjoyable and stimulating work environment.

Essential Functions:

  • Works with 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 Efficiency Vermont strategic plans.
  • Provides appropriate levels of support that encourage 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.  Educates and provides an analysis of energy use, reviews plans and specifications for energy efficiency measures.
  • Adopts and applies knowledge in work with customers regarding new building technologies, process improvements, and substantial energy efficiency opportunities that are presented to staff.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with customer decision makers and implementation staff to develop project energy savings goals. Works with S/ECs, Managers and customers to determine and present estimated energy savings and appropriate incentives.  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.
  • Supports and collaborates with other VEIC staff to deliver market-based services.  For example: supporting business developments efforts, Efficiency Vermont conference, assist with 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.
  • Technical scope and responsibilities includes but is not limited to the following:
    • Provides consulting services pertaining to equipment and facility energy use for multifamily, commercial and industrial customers.  Services include site inspections, building and systems diagnostics and oral and written feedback and recommendations;
    • Provides training, field mentoring, 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;
    • 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 as appropriate;
    • Reviews other Energy Consultant savings calculations and authorizes incentives following established protocols;
    • 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.
    • Authority to approve incentive payments up to $5,000.00 upon demonstrated experience.
  • Supports the coordination of activities with other staff, groups, and divisions within VEIC as is necessary to accomplish organizational goals and objectives.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Strong personal commitment to the mission, vision, goals and values of VEIC.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical, electrical or related engineering field or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills were acquired.
  • A minimum of two 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.
  • Proficient understanding of buildings, facilities and/or manufacturing systems, building energy use, building construction, and energy analysis techniques.
  • Basic knowledge of negotiation skills, financial analysis and business strategies.
  • Demonstrated success in project management, construction management and building long-term customer relationships.
  • Proficiency with mobile PC applications and tablet computer use, building energy modeling tools, spreadsheet, word processing and database software.
  • Knowledge of relevant codes and standards.
  • 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 and associated tasks and competing priorities in a dynamic and fast paced environment.
  • Capacity to learn and adapt 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.

Working Conditions:

Internal - Work is normally performed in climate controlled office environment, where exposure to conditions of extreme heat/cold, poor ventilation, fumes and gases is very limited. Noise level is moderate and includes sounds of normal office equipment (computers, telephones, etc.).  No known environmental hazards are encountered in normal performance of internal job duties.

External - Work requires moderate to extensive travel (2 – 4 days per week) throughout Vermont to visit sites where efficiency measures are possible, proposed or installed.  Very limited travel outside of the state is required.  Site visits may include entry into existing residential and light commercial buildings or construction sites. Site visits may involve examination of mechanical or electrical systems and/or processes, as well as building components.

Moderate exposure to heat/cold, poor ventilation, building material and finishing product off-gases and particulates (fiberglass fibers and sheet-rock dust).  Limited exposure to other air-borne contaminants such as mold spores and animal frey.  Dust masks are provided for tasks that may result in particulate exposure.

Noise level is moderate and includes sounds of diagnostic equipment, and may include building construction noises (hammering, air compressors, and heavy equipment such as tractors and forklifts.)

Known environmental hazards may be encountered including suspected asbestos containing insulation.  Disturbance and handling of such material is not required and appropriate precautions and training is made per OSHA guidelines.

Physical Demands:

Work involves standing and walking for brief periods of time, but many duties are performed from a seated position. There is potential for eyestrain from reading detailed materials and computer screen. Deadlines, workloads during peak periods and changing priorities may cause increased stress levels. Work may include occasional pushing, pulling, or carrying objects weighing approximately 40 pounds such as files, documents, and some equipment. Work normally requires finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination to operate computer keyboards at a moderate skill level. Repetitive motion injuries may occur. Company will provide adaptive devices as needed. 

External work involves travel in reliable employee provided transportation, inspecting and crawling in confined spaces such as attics and crawlspaces as well as climbing ladders.  Carrying of testing equipment weighing approximately 50 pounds is required.