Research Engineer I

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: College Station, TEXAS
Job Type: FullTime

Job Title

Research Engineer I

Agency

Texas A&M Engineering

Department

Energy Systems Lab

Proposed Minimum Salary

Commensurate

Job Location

College Station, Texas

Job Type

Staff

Job Description

Why work for Texas A&M Engineering?

Who we are

Texas A&M Engineering is a large employer in the great and growing cities of Bryan/College Station, offering thousands of career opportunities in a wide variety of fields. We are deeply committed to recruiting and retaining a talented workforce that embraces our core values of respect, excellence, leadership, loyalty, integrity, and service. Texas A&M Engineering offers competitive salaries, full benefits, an extensive support network, and above all, an enriching and highly collaborative working community that is deeply passionate about our vision for higher education, research, and public service.

Job Description

Purpose:

Under general supervision, the Research Engineer I evaluates, selects, and applies standard scientific or engineering research techniques, procedures, and criteria to make moderate adaptations and modifications to research assignments. Performs research involving conventional types of plans, investigations, systems, structures, or equipment. Works with research team to devise new approaches to problems encountered.

In particular, the Building Energy Performance Analyst works as part of a team which is conducting building energy use analysis/analytics, improving methodologies for diagnostic and quality control of energy consumption patterns. Perform measurement and verification (M&V) activities, energy data quality assurance, and determine energy and cost savings for Continuous Commissioning (CC®) and energy management projects as assigned. 

Responsibilities:

  • Plans and conducts engineering research requiring independent judgement in the selection, and moderate adaptation and modification of standard engineering and scientific techniques.
  • Designs, analyzes, builds, and tests special purpose equipment and/or instrumentation for research purposes in field of expertise.
  • Performs research assignments involving conventional types of plans, investigations, surveys, structures, or equipment which may involve complex functions or features.
  • Applies an analytical approach to assist with development of a solution to of a variety of problems.
  • Demonstrates and applies thorough understanding of engineering methods, research protocols, assessment instruments, and data interpretation.
  • Designs and performs engineering experiments, tests, and data collection to ensure data integrity, quality control, and protocol compliance.
  • Coordinates activities of engineering functions and encourages interchange of information, ideas, and techniques among various engineering fields.
  • Reviews and evaluates results and conclusions of research projects.
  • Analyze building energy performance through energy patterns, weather and operation schedules, time series data analysis processing
  • Prepare reports on energy data quality assurance, energy analysis, and energy savings determination for building energy efficiency project
  • Research on developing analytical tools to improve M&V processes/methodologies
  • Development of HVAC air-side simulations
  • Perform other duties as required in the ESL energy efficiency projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What we need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Science or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • No prior experience

What is helpful:

  • Preferred Master of Sciences in Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering or Architectural Engineering degree with HVAC background
  • Develop basic building performance simulations in DOE2 or ePlus or DB or IESVE
  • Advance computer programming in Phyton Language and VBA for Excel.
  • Experience on data analytics methodologies application
  • Computer Programming skills, Intermediate knowledge, of VBA or Python
  • Data analytics methodologies and statistics fundamentals

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of current technological developments/trends in area of expertise
  • Ability to draw conclusions and make recommendations based on research data and findings.
  • Ability to design, organize, and coordinate scientific and/or engineering research projects.
  • Ability to conduct systematic analysis and develop solutions to scientific problems.
  • Knowledge of current technological developments/trends in area of expertise
  • Ability to draw conclusions and make recommendations based on research data and findings.
  • Ability to design, organize, and coordinate scientific and/or engineering research projects.
  • Ability to conduct systematic analysis and develop solutions to scientific problems.
  • Knowledge of engineering and/or scientific research principles, practices, and protocols.
  • Engineering and/or scientific design and testing skills
  • Knowledge of engineering, science, and mathematics fundamentals
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with individuals at all levels of the organization

Work Location:

  • Main Campus – College Station, TX.

Texas A&M Engineering provides an outstanding benefits package including but not limited to:

  • Competitive health benefits.
  • Generous paid vacation, sick time, and holidays.
  • Vision, Dental, Life, and Long-Term Disability insurance options.
  • Teachers Retirement System of Texas (TRS), a defined benefit retirement plan with 8% employer contribution.
  • Additional Voluntary Retirement Programs: Tax Deferred Account 403(b) and a Deferred Compensation Program 457(b).
  • Flexible spending account options for medical and childcare expenses
  • Robust free training access through LinkedIn Learning plus professional development opportunities.
  • Tuition assistance https://engineering.tamu.edu/information/esac/staff-development/staff-development-opportunities.html
  • Wellness program release time offered to employees to promote work/life balance.

Helpful Applicant Information

Required Materials for Application:

  • Resume/CV
  • Three work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor/former supervisor.
  • Letter of interest

Compensation Philosophy:

  • Recruit and retain high-performing workforce through competitive compensation and career development including career pathing, coaching and skills development.
  • Offer total rewards through competitive and equitable pay, flexible benefits, professional development, performance recognition and work-life balance.
  • Ensure resources are readily available and utilized to attract and retain the highest quality researchers, faculty, and staff.  Exemplify equal pay for equal work, with allowable pay differences based on factors not prohibited by law.

Employment Eligibility Verification

  • If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in delay of start date.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.



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