Sr. HVAC Energy Engineer (Multiple Location Options)

at Bernhard
Location Houston
Date Posted May 5, 2021
Category Trades & Services
Job Type Not Specified


Primary Purpose:This position can also be located in Little Rock, AR or New Orleans, LA.

The Senior HVAC Energy Engineer is responsible for the evaluation and optimization of energy consumption for commercial buildings and applicable systems. ​A Senior Energy Engineer will frequently interact with clients, contractors, and engineers to fulfill the essential duties and responsibilities of the position. This position may also include supervisory responsibilities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Senior Energy Engineer essential duties and responsibilities may include the following:

Energy Procurement and Analytics

o Collect, compile, organize, and analyze utility consumption data and rates.

o Develop a comprehensive understanding of utility supply-side opportunities.

o Develop a comprehensive understanding of utility procurement logistics.

o Develop a comprehensive understanding of possible utility energy efficiency rebate and incentive programs.

o Research utility rate changes and deregulated energy cost trends.

o Conduct energy benchmarks using internal and external tools such as EPA Energy Star.

o Review utility invoices for errors and work to resolve the errors with the utility.

o Create utility budgets.

Energy Auditing

o Collect, review, and analyze data from field surveys and utility data.

o Develop a thorough understanding of existing buildings and their MEP systems.

o Identify and evaluate improvements for energy or cost reductions.

o Develop associated technical reports.

Measurement and Verification

o Develop and Implement IPVMP - Adherent Measurement and Verification (M&V) Plans.

o Develop energy consumption baselines and adjustments through regression analysis and other appropriate methods.

o Coordinate with clients, utility representatives, energy analysts, engineers, construction managers, and commission agents during all appropriate project stages to assist in the design and implementation of M&V plans for continuous monitoring of energy and water performance.

o Review design documents, M&E specifications, and shop drawings of applicable metering systems to confirm all M&V requirements are met.

o Verify utility performance of facilities and validate savings.

o Review and analyze energy performance including data collection, utility bill accounting, sub-metering data analysis, and utility cost analysis.

o Create, maintain, and distribute M&V dashboards and reports through multiple software platforms.

Remote Monitoring

o Collect and evaluate energy, weather, and building automation data on a periodic basis.

o Review data and identify facility operational issues affecting energy consumption, comfort, and/or code compliance.

o Develop recommendations to address any identified operational issues.

o Prepare reports for project stakeholders summarizing all discoveries.

· Energy Modeling

o Develop engineering-based energy models to simulate existing and proposed operations of buildings or systems.

o Work collaboratively with team members to identify and evaluate the scope of potential improvements.

o Develop life cycle cost analyses and other engineering economic analyses.

o Develop supporting documentation on engineering calculations, methodologies, etc. as required.


o Uphold Bernhard's owner advocacy philosophy, mission, and core values.

o Perform the assigned duties with minimal supervision, while working in a team problem-solving environment.

o Develop technical reports or related documents.

o Mentor and train Energy Analysts, Senior Energy Analysts, and Energy Engineers as required.

o Manage the day-to-day activities of Energy Analysts, Senior Energy Analysts, or Energy Engineers that may be under your direct supervision.

o Other duties as assigned or required.

Travel Requirements:

Expected to travel 10% of the time.

Minimum Qualifications

· Registered Professional Engineer.

· Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering

· 7+ Years of Experience in a related field.

· Advanced knowledge of commercial HVAC systems.

· Experience with energy savings projects.

· Experience with life cycle cost analyses.

· At least 1 of the following: CEM, CMVP, CEP, CEA, EEP, or BEP certifications through the Association of Energy Engineers or equivalent.

· Experience in analyzing utility data.

· Advanced Microsoft Excel skills and proficiency in other Microsoft applications.

· Analytical and problem-solving skills.

· Strong attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications (OPTIONAL)

· Experience with energy modeling software.

· Experience with building automation systems.

· Experience with energy efficiency programs.

· Experience in managing teams and people.

· Strong organizational skills.

· Experience with data analytics tools such as Microsoft Power BI, Python, Tableau, Jupyter Notebook, or R.

Bernhard is an equal employment opportunity employer. It is Bernhard's policy to recruit, test, hire, promote, transfer, compensate, train, grant leave, and terminate based on merit and business needs, and without regard to race, creed, age, color, ancestry/national origin, sex, genetic information, pregnancy, marital status, religion, sexual orientation/sexual identity, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or other basis prohibited by law.

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