Associate Project Manager

at TRC Companies, Inc.
Location Oakland
Date Posted April 22, 2022
Category Construction
Job Type Not Specified


TRC Advanced Energy creates and implements sophisticated and innovative solutions for the next generation of America's energy markets with technology and market research, engineering and technical consulting, policy and building code development, and program management across the United States. TRCs Research and Emerging Technology (RTC) team (within the Advanced Energy practice) is focused on 'tech to market' building technologies and strategies to reduce energy use and carbon impact from buildings and provide grid flexibility. Our clients include utilities, state and federal agencies, non-profits, and other energy efficiency organizations.

The RTC team is seeking a qualified individual to support emerging technology development, demonstration and deployment, codes and standards research and development and market research and evaluation. Candidates must possess technical capabilities and knowledge of building science, building systems, or green building. No project is the same, and you'll get exposure to lots of different types of work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Your role will include conducing both qualitative and quantitative research applied to a wide range of topic areas. Projects and responsibilities may include energy analysis and technology and market research of HVAC, DHW, grid-flexibility, decarbonization, distributed energy resources, human factors, and control systems.

An ideal candidate would be an engineer or building scientist with a minimum of 3-7 years of experience in one or more of the following areas:

* Building technology development, demonstration, or deployment
* Technical market research of energy efficiency or low-carbon building strategies
* HVAC engineering or research
* Domestic hot water system engineering or research
* Building envelope engineering or research
* High performance building design and energy analysis
* Control systems design, commissioning, or operation
* Energy modeling including whole building energy analysis
* High performance building construction administration or operation
* Distributed energy resources engineering or research
* The ideal candidate will be assertive, personable, and a self-starter, with the capacity to manage multiple tasks across multiple teams. This position requires the ability to communicate effectively and coordinate with internal technical team members and external customers.

Job Location - Primary work location in Oakland, CA though will consider other locations in CA with TRC offices.

Primary Work Area Responsibilities:

* Emerging Technologies Research and Demonstrations
* Codes and Standards Development
* Market Research and Evaluation

This position involves technical analysis, research, and project management on a wide array of building energy topics. This position requires an individual who enjoys and can handle multiple projects covering multiple technical areas and multiple tasks.

Provide technical analysis and project management services for research projects involving emerging technologies and solutions such as building decarbonization/electrification, Zero Net Energy new construction, deep energy retrofits for existing buildings.

Perform energy analysis, design assistance, and design reviews.

* Develop and review calculations used to estimate savings, carbon emissions reductions, and other benefits of emerging technologies and green building solutions.
* Manage field demonstrations of emerging technologies, including construction administration, field monitoring, data collection, and technology commissioning.
* Staying informed about energy issues and industry trends through regular technical reading and participation in local and national professional organizations.
* Assist with market research to develop 'tech to market' pathways for emerging technologies.
* Conduct technical analysis in support of developing policy solutions such as building energy codes, local ordinances with associated stakeholder outreach and engagement.
* Assist in the development of technical standards, protocols and requirements for innovative energy efficiency and green building programs.
* Manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines and client expectations.
* Conduct meetings and presentations.
* Translate results into actionable recommendations.
* Communicate research results via written reports and graphically.

Business Development Responsibility (15%)

* Support, and eventually lead proposals for future RTC projects.
* Support client outreach to gauge satisfaction with RTC services
* Support new client engagement


* Bachelors or master's degree preferably in Engineering, Architecture, Building Science, or related discipline.
* Minimum of three (3) years professional experience in the building energy efficiency field, or related engineering field. More experience is preferred.
* Demonstrated proficiency in engineering analysis and other qualitative and quantitative research analysis, field measurements, and market assessment.
* Ability to manage own time and workload effectively.
* Ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities, meet deadlines, work both independently and collaboratively, and communicate effectively.
* Demonstrated attention to detail and organizational skills.
* Excellent technical writing and speaking skills.
* Strong quantitative skills.
* Proficiency in database, word processing, and spreadsheet analysis.

Desired Skills and Experience

* Knowledge of building science, building systems, or green building
* Experience with building systems, such as HVAC, DHW, envelope, controls, or behind-the-meter distributed energy resources; green building and high-performance integrated design; or other experience in the building energy field. Preference will be given to candidates familiar with building technology in multiple categories
* Experience with energy metering including measurement and verification (M&V)
* Energy management, auditing, or retro commissioning experience
* Experience with building energy modeling
* Experience with modeling Distributed Energy Resources
* Familiar with energy codes, (CA Title 24 and/or ASHRAE 90.1)
* Hands on experience with building systems or construction is a plus
* Data analytics skills and experience with R or Python is a plus
* EIT, PE, LEED AP accreditation is preferred
* Understanding of marketing strategy and market analysis techniques
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills, time management and organizational skills
* Strong track record working with clients to communicate research methods and findings.

The position title is negotiable based on the candidate's education/experience. TRC offers competitive salaries along with medical, dental, vision, 401(k) and other benefits.

Remote positions anywhere in the continental Unites States will be considered.

TRC is an equal opportunity employer: disability/veteran. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


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