Energy Engineer

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Maryland Line, MARYLAND
Job Type: FullTime

Classified Title: Energy Services Engineer
Working Title: Energy Engineer ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PE 
Starting Salary Range: $68,456 to $94,063 per year
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 7.5 
Exempt Status: Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 45-MD:JH at Keswick 
Department name: 10003697-Engineering & Energy 
Personnel area: University Administration

General Summary:

Reporting to the Associate Director of Engineering and Energy (ADEE), The Energy Engineer (EE) will lead and execute a University-wide effort to prioritize and implement programs, strategies and projects focused on reducing energy consumption and reducing greenhouse gases in accordance with the University’s climate change initiative.  In doing so, the EE works with design engineers, departmental staff, and end users to determine project feasibility.  From identification of energy conservation measures (ECMs), feasibility studies, and financial analyses, the EE will recommend projects to be advanced for implementation.  Additionally, the EE performs ongoing technical analyses of existing building envelope, mechanical and electrical systems to ensure proper functionality and performance to original design intent and promotes operating performance and energy characteristics that are consistent with the latest energy codes and operational best management practices.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Supports the continuing development and implementation of the University’s climate change initiative, which guides the university's overall environmental efforts by prioritizing projects, strategies, and programs to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Recommends retro-commissioning and auditing efforts of existing building envelopes, systems and controls to ensure proper functionality and minimizing energy consumption
  • Performs physical audits and analytical analyses of project energy models, existing building systems, metering and energy consumption data to determine if original design meets contemporary energy standards and recommends projects or adjustments to reduce consumption
  • Performs and reviews energy audits to identify and implement energy conservation measures (ECMs) designed to reduce the University’s consumption of electricity, fuel, chilled water, steam and water. This includes forecasting energy savings on any recommended ECMs. Promotes high performance  lab initiatives, which modifies existing labs to meet research and HSE guidelines while safely reducing their energy intensity
  • Works with consulting firms, internal design, project management and operations staff, and end users to ensure building support systems are designed, constructed or retrofitted in accordance with the University’s energy, operational, and serviceability standards
  • Establishes and maintains a portfolio of energy and operational standards (JHU’s High Performance Building Standards) created to ensure energy conscious architectural and engineering practices are applied to University projects
  • Participates in the design review process to ensure the latest energy code (ASHRAE 90.1), University standards for energy efficiency and conservation, higher performing products and upgraded operating strategies are employed in new construction, renovation projects and by operations staff
  • Evaluates energy use at the building level to improve operating strategies, new equipment strategies and systems improvements that also support energy reduction targets for  the utility plants
  • Proficient with energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy opportunities and applications
  • Develops and analyzes statistical reports designed to compare energy usage and operational costs among buildings, which can be used to emphasize areas representing potential energy reduction opportunities.  Can perform energy audits and evaluate energy models
  • Monitors and analyzes energy consumption and costs in buildings and utility plants to identify energy reduction opportunities
  • Ensures energy management initiatives meet or exceed energy  code requirements and don’t compromise  occupant comfort, productivity or safety
  • Provides engineering expertise as it relates to mechanical, electrical and building automation supporting the development of renewable energy projects
  • Performs specification writing, contract review, financial analysis, proposal review and code interpretation as needed

Scope of Responsibility:

University wide and include all campuses, Divisions and buildings that comprise the University’s approximately 15 million gross square feet (gsf) of owned space.  Geographical locations include: Homewood Campus, home to the University Administration (UA), the Kreiger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS), the Whiting School of Engineering (WSE), Homewood Student Affairs (HSA) and the School of Education (SOE) and the Carey Business School (CBS); the East Baltimore Medical Campus, home to the School of Medicine (SOM), the Bloomberg School of Public Health (BSPH) and the School of Nursing (SON); the Peabody Institute of Music which resides in a 500,000 gsf block in Baltimore City; the Montgomery County Campus comprised of three buildings totaling 150,000 gsf; the Applied Physics Lab (APL) comprised of a 2.3 million gsf campus in Laurel, MD; the Bayview Campus where several buildings support research for SOM and BSPH; the DC Center on Mass. Ave in Washington, DC where four properties support the School of Advanced International Studies and continuing education programs for KSAS and CBS; and several large, off-campus properties that serve a combination of academic and administrative needs.

Decision Making:

  • Annual project budgets ranging between $8M-$20M.

Communication:

  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • EE communicates with various senior facilities and administrative representatives; presents viable projects for approval; engages and manages consultants and design engineers, departmental staff, and end users to determine project feasibility.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must have broad knowledge of all phases of academic and commercial building design, construction, and maintenance, with a strong background in mechanical and electrical equipment and HVAC systems, including energy management and building automation systems. 
  • A solid understanding of federal, state, and local environmental rules, regulations, and building codes desired.

Education:

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering required. 
  • Master’s degree desirable.

Experience:

A minimum of seven years’ experience with major building mechanical systems, notably HVAC, Building Automation (BAS), and Energy Management systems is required.  Ideally, candidates will have a strong background of both design and field experience with major building mechanical systems including laboratory spaces; experience in commissioning HVAC systems and/or BAS systems initiatives and project management experience preferable.

Certification/Licenses:

Certified Energy Manager (AEE), LEED AP (USGBC), and Professional engineering license are desirable.

Physical Requirements: 

  • Must be able to remain stationary for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to operate a computer and other equipment on a frequent basis.
  • Ability to frequently communicate with coworkers.
  • Ability to move about.

This description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

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