Sr. Energy Engineer

Job Location: 
San Diego, Los Angeles, or Oakland, CA

About the Center for Sustainable Energy®

Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is an independent, mission-driven nonprofit organization with offices in San Diego, Oakland, Los Angeles and Boston. We accelerate the adoption of clean and efficient energy solutions via program administration, technical assistance, policy innovation, and other forms of market facilitation. We are uniquely positioned and engaged with a variety of stakeholders and market actors, including policy-makers, state and federal agencies, regional and local governments, utilities, business and civic leaders, and individuals in both the general market and equity sectors. Our technical areas of focus include distributed energy resources (renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, fuel cells, combined heat and power) and clean transportation.

Basic Functions:

The Senior Energy Engineer assesses commercial and industrial facilities with regards to energy efficiency, renewable energy and/or energy storage projects, and assists Project Managers on program level tasks, such as providing technical reviews and field inspections to ensure projects conform to program requirements.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Perform, and delegate as necessary amongst other engineering team members, assigned project tasks or activities as a technical lead with responsibility of determining technical approach and ensuring quality of technical deliverables meet or exceed expectations
  • Exercise discretion in making decisions regarding project tasks which directly impact success of the project or engineering team
  • Assist department manager in preparation of project scopes and hour estimates in support of business development opportunities
  • Work on a variety of projects and tasks, including completing project fieldwork/audits, engineering analysis, and report production
  • Utilize analytical tools and measurement and verification methodologies to evaluate the performance of, and make recommendations for, energy systems and equipment
  • Conduct site inspections and/or gather data needed to perform energy-related analyses of sites or equipment
  • Prepare written analysis of findings and recommendations for energy efficiency, demand response, and self-generation measures for submittal to clients
  • Support various utility program management teams and assist with project analysis and program tracking
  • Understand current and future program policies and code requirements and evaluate and explain potential impacts on current and future projects
  • Serve as a resource to project staff on technical/engineering issues or project scoping
  • Interact closely with project manager and clients in order to meet project deadlines and budgets

The ideal candidate:

  • Bachelor's degree, or equivalent related experience, in Engineering, Energy Management, Environmental Sciences or other related discipline where coursework or experience shows substantial analytical and/or technical content is required
  • Master's degree preferred
  • 8-12 years of related experience
  • Graduate school experience may take the place of some work experience if directly relevant to essential duties and responsibilities of this position
  • Understanding of how quality of work and timely completion of tasks or activities impact success of project, team and/or organization
  • Proficiency in engineering design or simulation software (e.g. eQuest, Energy Plus, AutoCAD, Solid works, etc.)
  • Strong background in evaluating HVAC, refrigeration, and/or lighting systems and alternatives for commercial and/or industrial customers with experience reviewing the work of other engineers
  • Strong knowledge of building codes and standards (e.g. CA Title 24, ASHRAE 90.1, IPMVP, etc.)
  • Demonstrated proficiency to apply engineering principles to determine viable solutions to unique or unfamiliar problems
  • Effective collaboration with other departments within the organization, as well as with external partners or clients
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to present complex or intricate material in a transparent and succinct manner to executive level clientele
  • Advanced skills in using Excel based tools and spreadsheets
  • Experience evaluating alternative generation technologies (e.g. solar PV)
  • Knowledge of emerging efficiency or generation technologies (e.g. energy storage)
  • Experience in leading/performing site visits to assess existing facility or equipment conditions
  • Mechanical or Electrical CA Professional Engineering License required
  • Certified Energy Manager preferred

CSE is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


CSE participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with Form I-9 information to confirm U.S. work authorization.

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