Building Systems Engineer

Location New York
Date Posted May 15, 2021
Category Construction
Job Type Not Specified


Job DetailsLevelExperiencedJob LocationNew York, NY - New York, NYRemote TypeTemporary RemotePosition TypeFull-timeEducation LevelBachelors DegreeTravel PercentageUp to 50% Job ShiftFull-time employeeThe Position and TeamSteven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) is seeking qualified professionals with a strong passion for improving the built environment to support our Building Operations, Decarbonization, and Efficiency team.This role will be an integral part of our expanding team, which is leveraging SWA's 48-year track record to provide commissioning, energy auditing, and retrofit services to multifamily, commercial, institutional, cultural/art center, and community center buildings in the NYC Metropolitan area and beyond. We are looking for qualified individuals for our New York City office. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to complete the following tasks with the technical and interpersonal skills outlined below that will help him or her excel at SWA. This posting is for a mid-level position (2-4+ years experience).SWA's NYC office is not open due to COVID-19. These positions will require site visits but will otherwise be a work from home position, initially. These positions report to a Senior Building Systems Consultant / Engineer. Primary Responsibilities for the position will include:Understand common HVAC systems and emerging high-performance alternativesWork on commissioning projects for new construction and existing building retrofitsWork on benchmarking, energy auditing, and retro-commissioning for existing buildingsReview construction documents and provide recommendations to improve constructability, indoor air quality, energy efficiency, and operationsReview submittals, code requirements, and develop testing plansInspect installations of building equipmentReview and perform both central plant (chillers, boilers, air handling units, etc.) and terminal unit functional testingDocument review comments and inspection findings in issues logs and memosPerform trend analysisLead development of energy savings strategies and spreadsheet calculations for existing building retrofitsReview energy savings calculations of others for correctness and for adherence to incentive program rulesProvide written technical and non-technical reports for program compliance and ownership reviewWork with internal stakeholders including project managers, energy modelers, sustainability consultants, accessibility consultants, etc.Assume primary responsibility for the execution of small projects including project financialsLead communication with building owners, developers, architects, engineers and contractorsTrain Entry Level staff members when applicableWith guidance from Senior Engineers, assist with project proposalsKnowledge, Skills and AbilitiesBelow is a list of the minimum requirements for the position.Required industry knowledge, and skillsBachelor's degree in Engineering2 - 4+ years of relevant and consecutive work experience. Work experience relevant to this position must include experience with HVAC systems in large multifamily or commercial buildingsUnderstanding of building HVAC, Plumbing, Automation Controls, and/or Electrical systemsProficiency in Microsoft Office Programs (in order of importance Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint)Preferred knowledge, and skillsFamiliarity with LEED Rating SystemsFamiliarity with utility billing analysis and energy savings spreadsheet calculationsFamiliarity with Energy Code and/or ASHRAE standards Familiarity with NYC Local Laws related to energy and climate (Local Laws 84, 87, 95, and 97)Personal qualitiesExcellent communicator and presenter able to explain complex concepts to a variety of stakeholdersAttention to detail Strong oral and written communication skillsWell-developed interpersonal skills, maturity, credibility, confidence and integrity.Strong time-management skills and experience managing multiple priorities at onceCollaborative with strong focus on teamworkExcellent work ethicSelf-motivatedPassionate about optimizing MEP systems and improving the built environmentDesire to love what you doOther duties:Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without prior notice.Physical DemandsWhile performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee frequently is required to walk; use hands to type, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand.When in the field the employee must frequently lift or move objects up to 20 pounds; must be able to climb stairs and endure typical construction site conditions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.Travel Required Occasional overnight travel may be required (Less than 10%). Frequent local field visits in the Office Metro area will be necessary (estimated at 40-50%). A valid and clean driving license is required.Working EnvironmentApproximately half of the duties will be performed in an office environment. The remainder of the duties will be performed in the field which will involve trips to projects sites for observation and training.Performance Standards Performance will be evaluated against this job description, competencies for this level, and mutually agreed goals.About Steven Winter Associates, Inc.Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) provides research, consulting and advisory services to improve commercial, residential and multifamily built environments for private and public-sector clients. We specialize in energy, sustainability and accessibility consulting as well as certification, research & development and compliance services. Our team of professionals has led the way since 1972 in the development of best practices to achieve high performance buildings. For further information on Steven Winter Associates, please visit is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, or marital status. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be reviewed.