Associate Energy Engineer, Technical Services

The Department of Citywide Administrative Services’ (“DCAS”) Division of Energy Management (“DEM”)
Closing Date: 
Tue, 12/31/2019

The Department of Citywide Administrative Services’ (“DCAS”) Division of Energy Management (“DEM”) serves as the hub for energy management for City government operations. Today, we develop the City’s annual Heat, Light, and Power Budget; manage the City’s electricity, natural gas, and steam accounts; help our agency partners identify and pursue energy-saving opportunities at their buildings; do energy efficiency and clean power generation projects across the City’s portfolio; and implement operations and maintenance (O&M) best practices.

DEM is tasked with leading the City’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (“GHG”) by 80 percent by 2050 from a 2005 baseline (“80 x 50”). The City also has set a near-term goal to reduce GHG emissions from City government operations 40 percent by 2025 and 50 percent by 2030 from a Fiscal Year 2006 baseline. To meet these goals, DEM is committed to collaborating very closely with our agency partners to help them achieve major emissions reductions in their buildings. We are actively working to provide them with the energy efficiency and clean energy project funding, project delivery vehicles, technical expertise, staff resources, strategic planning support, and data analytics that they need to succeed.

Job Description
DEM seeks to hire an Associate Energy Engineer to work within our Technical Services Team (“TST”), which sits within our Operations Unit. The person will report to the TST Director and Deputy Director.

The Associate Energy Engineer will coordinate, manage, and review energy efficiency reports and implement resulting measures for City-owned buildings in compliance with Local Law 87 of 2009. In addition, the person will support measurement and verification (“M&V”) activities for selected measures, and provide technical assistance on an as-needed basis to other DEM program staff. This position requires comprehensive energy efficiency knowledge, strong project management experience, close attention to detail, and the ability to think strategically and make recommendations.

Specifically, with wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative, the person will be charged with the following responsibilities:

• Coordinating and overseeing energy audit execution: Manages efforts to conduct energy audits examining HVAC, lighting, and other facility energy-related needs across New York City’s largest and most complex buildings and stationary infrastructure assets. Oversees and manages external consultants, as well as conducts audits directly in partnership with other TST staff.

• Reviewing and providing guidance on audit recommendations: Performs technical review of energy audits and assesses the recommendations made by consultants for appropriateness and consistency with local law requirements and strategic objectives. Communicates feedback to consultants, confirms that it is incorporated into final reports, and approves final deliverables.

• Leading efforts to refine and implement a Measurement and Verification (“M&V”) strategy to assess the efficacy and improve the performance of DEM’s energy programs: Works directly with technical consultants who conduct baseline and post-retrofit measurements; reviews M&V reports; summarizes project-level and program-level findings; and makes recommendations to DEM management to improve the performance of common project types and overall programs.

• Overseeing a subset of the retro-commissioning portfolio: Oversees a subset of TST’s retro-commissioning portfolio, including coordinating and managing HVAC diagnostic testing for retro-commissioning projects.

• Providing engineering support and technical assistance to other TST members and DEM program teams: Helps develop energy and financial models to assist with decision-making about energy efficiency and clean energy projects to pursue. Contributes to the development of high-performance design guidelines and technical specifications for both DEM and agency use.

• Managing program data collection required to ensure project budgets, timelines, and scopes are adhered to and that energy and greenhouse gas emissions savings goals are met.

• Helping develop an audit and retrofit program for small and mid-size buildings: Helps TST and other DEM staff develop a systematic, streamlined approach to assessing energy usage and facility needs in small- and mid-size structures that previously have not been audited. Assists in developing a “kit of parts” approach to conducting retrofits at scale across common small and mid-size building types. Helps create project delivery channels and manage project execution.

Preferred Skills
The ideal candidate will bring the following skills and experience to this position:
• Bachelor of science in mechanical engineering or a related field.
• At least three to five years of experience in analyzing HVAC equipment operations and specifying equipment upgrades to improve system energy performance;
• Knowledge of and experience in using ASHRAE Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits and Retro-commissioning.
• Certified Energy Manager (CEM) or Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) credential.
• Familiarity with boiler and chiller operations and maintenance; HVAC controls; computerized building automation and energy management systems; variable air volume (VAV) distribution systems; steam and chilled water system optimization methods; and overall heating and cooling system performance.
• Familiarity with Local Law 87 (2009) – Energy Audit and Retro-Commissioning
• Familiarity with issues pertaining to energy efficiency in existing buildings.
• Familiarity with energy cost, savings and greenhouse gas calculation methodology.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft applications (Advanced Excel skills a must).
• Must be well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle multiple responsibilities and deadlines simultaneously.
• Strong analytical abilities.

Minimum Required Qualifications
1. 1.A four year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and five years of fulltime satisfactory experience managing and/or inspecting one or more construction projects which must have a total cost of at least $300,000 for each of the five years of the required experience; or
2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college with a major sequence of course work in engineering, engineering technology, architecture, architectural technology, landscape architecture, construction, construction technology, or construction management, and one year of the experience described in "1" above; or
3. A valid license as a professional engineer, registered architect, or registered landscape architect, issued by a board of examining engineers, architects or landscape architects duly established and qualified pursuant to the laws of any state or territory of the United States and one year of the experience described in "1" above; or 4. A four year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and a combination of experience of at least two years of the experience described in "1" above and the education as described in "2" above to equal a total of five years of education and experience. Matriculation in an undergraduate college degree program in engineering, engineering technology, architecture, architectural technology, landscape architecture, construction, construction technology, or construction
4. management can be substituted for experience on the basis of 30 semester credits from an accredited college for one year of satisfactory full-time experience up to a maximum of three years of experience.

License Requirement
For assignment to certain positions, candidates must possess a motor vehicle driver license valid in the State of New York. The license must be maintained for the duration of employment in such position.

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