Assistant Energy Engineer


Full-time$70,000 - $80,000 a year
The Department of Citywide Administrative Services’ (“DCAS”) Division of Energy Management (“DEM”) serves as the hub for energy management for City government operations. Today, we develop the City’s annual Heat, Light, and Power Budget; manage the City’s electricity, natural gas, and steam accounts; help our agency partners identify and pursue energy-saving opportunities at their buildings; do energy efficiency and clean power generation projects across the City’s portfolio; and implement operations and maintenance (O&M) best practices.

DEM is tasked with leading the City’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (“GHG”) by 80 percent by 2050 from a 2005 baseline (“80 x 50”). The City also has set a near-term goal to reduce GHG emissions from City government operations 40 percent by 2025 and 50 percent by 2030 from a Fiscal Year 2006 baseline. To meet these goals, DEM is committed to collaborating very closely with our agency partners to help them achieve major emissions reductions in their buildings. We are actively working to provide them with the energy efficiency and clean energy project funding, project delivery vehicles, technical expertise, staff resources, strategic planning support, and data analytics that they need to succeed.

DEM seeks to hire an Assistant Energy Engineer to work within our Technical Services Team (“TST”), which sits within our Operations Unit. The person will report to the TST Director and Deputy Director.

The Assistant Energy Engineer will coordinate, manage, and review energy efficiency reports and implement resulting measures for City-owned buildings in compliance with Local Law 87 of 2009. In addition, the person will be assigned a portfolio of projects, and need to work closely with various City agencies to implement projects in accordance with operations and needs. This position will require comprehensive energy efficiency knowledge, related project management experience, close attention to detail, accuracy, and the ability to think strategically and make recommendations.

Specifically, the person will be charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Coordinating and overseeing energy audit execution: Coordinates scheduling for and manages the progress of energy audits examining HVAC, lighting, and other facility energy-related needs.
  • Maintaining and collecting energy audit data: As energy audits are received from external consultants, coordinates all data collection required for project completion and maintains data files.
  • Coordinating and managing external consultants: Helps interface between consultants and agency staff and ensure adherence to project timeline, budget, and scope.
  • Reviewing and providing guidance on audit recommendations: Performs technical review of energy audits and assesses the recommendations made by consultants for appropriateness and consistency with local law requirements and strategic objectives. Communicates feedback to consultants, confirms that it is incorporated into final reports, and approves final deliverables.
  • Overseeing retro-commissioning project: Oversees a subset of TST’s retro-commissioning portfolio, including coordinating and overseeing HVAC diagnostic testing for retro-commissioning projects.
Minimum Qual Requirements
1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college in mechanical engineering and one year of full-time satisfactory experience in mechanical engineering work; or
2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and a Master's degree from an accredited college in mechanical engineering.
Preferred Skills
The ideal candidate will bring the following skills and experience to this position:

  • Bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, with a major emphasis on HVAC operations.
  • At least two years of satisfactory full-time professional experience in engineering design and/or construction management for medium to large engineering projects.
  • At least two years of experience analyzing HVAC equipment operations and specifying equipment upgrades to improve system energy performance.
  • Knowledge of and experience in using ASHRAE Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits and Retro-commissioning.
  • Familiarity with boiler and chiller operations and maintenance; HVAC controls; computerized building automation and energy management systems; variable air volume (VAV) distribution systems; steam and chilled water system optimization methods; and overall heating and cooling system performance.
  • Familiarity with energy cost, savings and greenhouse gas calculation methodology.
  • Familiarity with issues pertaining to energy efficiency in existing buildings.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft applications (Advanced Excel skills a must).
  • Certified Energy Manager (CEM) or Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) credential.
  • Must be well-organized, detail-oriented and able to handle multiple responsibilities and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Strong analytical abilities
To Apply
Please go to or for current NYC employees and search for Job ID#: 417152

Residency Requirement
New York City Residency is not required for this position