Project Engineer - Pasadena

Location: Pasadena, California
The world needs energy professionals who see the big picture.  At OpTerra, we offer careers that empower dedicated individuals to work with a dynamic team across many fields – from engineering and sustainable design, to business development, financing, and marketing. If you want to be part of a large, supportive organization where your voice will be heard, join us to power a brighter energy future together.
OpTerra is a pioneer in advancing the sustainable energy economy, energizing opportunity and building positive impact for the communities, institutions, and businesses we serve.
As a subsidiary of ENGIE, the number one energy efficiency services provider in the world, OpTerra Energy Services provides a unique and extensive set of energy and sustainability management services to thousands of customers across the U.S.  We have helped our partners achieve over $2 billion in energy savings to date while delivering positive environmental and community impact in the diverse regions in which we work.

The Project Engineer will audit and develop opportunities around Energy Conservation Measures and may be assigned to design and/or create specifications as assigned throughout the implementation period.  The Project Engineer may interact with his or her supervisor weekly to receive guidance and feedback.  Some non-routine activities may require a supervisor’s advanced approval.

  • Completely understand all metering and measurement tools used at OpTerra Energy Services and understand the data provided
  • Have a working knowledge of identifying different types of mechanical, HVAC controls systems (Energy Management System)
  • Proficient at performing mechanical, lighting, water and energy conservation measure surveys
  • Proficient at identifying and applying renewable generation and storage technologies
  • Proficient at reviewing and analyzing third party data
  • Complete an accurate mechanical field survey which includes taking accurate measurements, amp draws, kW readings, fan RPM readings, static pressure, etc.
  • Identify energy savings opportunities under the direction of the Project Manager
Analysis and Engineering:
  • Competent in computer modeling software programs, such as Trane Trace, PVSyst, Equest or Energy Pro and apply them in preparing the PDA
  • Competent at performing mechanical, lighting, water, energy conservation and renewable generation analysis, which includes estimating savings, estimating material and labor costs, and determining the appropriate technologies
  • Competent and proficient at utility rate structures for energy savings analysis
  • Competent at quantifying energy usage from miscellaneous equipment, such as refrigerators, computers, plug loads, etc.
  • Proficient at performing load take-offs from drawings. Prepare the input data for each model for the computer simulation software
  • With minimal supervision, prepare specification and design drawings for the various energy projects
  • Work with OpTerra Energy Services' CAD Department and our internal/external engineering resources to develop and produce the specification and drawings
  • Obtain a solid working knowledge of HVAC systems, which includes the ability to identify different systems and equipment, identifying potential ECM's, determining how to quantify the potential energy savings
Report Writing:
  • Ability to prepare written descriptions for the existing data at present facilities as well as descriptions for the application of various energy conservation and renewable generation technologies for inclusion into report
  • Perform utility bill analysis and complete the utility analysis section
  • Demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills in report writing and correspondence
  • Manage time between multiple projects to meet deadlines
  • Perform any other tasks as assigned by senior team members
  • Assist during the construction phase of the project by reviewing submittal and change orders, and making recommendations for approval or denial to the Project Manager
  • Manage utility incentive process
  • Assist in commissioning as requested

  • Location: Pasadena, CA
  • Hours: Salaried (Exempt)
  • Reports to: Lead Project Manager
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills requires of personnel.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this position, as listed above.

OpTerra is proud to be an EEOC employer.

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