BAS Project Engineer II

Conquest Solutions - Greenbelt, MD

Conquest Solutions (CQS) is a leading application and engineering consulting firm in the Washington, D.C. metro area. We specialize in Building Automation Systems (BAS). We assist federal, state and local government agencies; as well as private sector entities in the design and upgrade of their Building Management Systems (BMS). Projects can involve the planning of totally new control system architecture or an expansion or upgrade of an existing system. In addition, we conduct measurement and verification (M&V) data analysis to ensure optimal system performance.

At CQS you would enjoy a flexible, fun, and family-oriented work environment. We all collaborate and learn from each other, which leads everyone to have a huge impact on the overall growth of our company. We strongly believe in our core values of INTEGRITY, INCLUSION and INNOVATION. These values guide every aspect of our work and we have a strong focus on making sure our employees are happy which allows them to offer superior customer service to our client’s time after time.

CQS has an exciting opportunity for a BAS Project Engineer to join our team to support the implementation of building automation systems for multiple clients in the Washington, DC Metro Area and some other parts of the country.

Responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to the following:

Responsibilities and Duties:
Conducts visits to customer project sites to investigate existing mechanical, electrical, HVAC, and building automation systems and document system performance information, including utility data and facility infrastructure drawings.
Participate with engineering design and development activities in support of construction, operations, and maintenance of customer site projects as required by energy savings performance contracts, O & M contracts, and fee based consultations.
Coordinate with vendors and installation contractors for successful implementation of project scopes of work (SOW).
Provide technical guidance throughout development, construction, project commissioning, and operations, including proposals, technical reports, cost estimates, and presentations.
Work with project stakeholders (customers, supervisors, programmers, field personnel, other contractors) to gather information relating to any issues and/or changes in functionality and features of various control systems.
Lead and manage the coordination of integration activity and providing technical support of DDC based hardware and software including working with other engineers to create and/or verify control and integration point lists.
Conduct graphics engineering functions which include: reviewing graphics as a completed package, for completeness and accuracy, develop and maintain graphic library, and participate in solution of job-related graphic problems.
Lead quality assurance and commissioning efforts for a variety of direct digital control (DDC) system components and sequences.
Lead O&M development for training of associates, equipment operators, and supervisors on system operation; Trains end users or technical support staff to use programs and procedures.
Serve as primary contact and manages day-to-day operation and execution of multiple Building Automation projects from planning to close-out.
Manages vendors and subcontractors to ensure quality control and project delivery on time and within budget, while meeting or exceeding customer expectations.
Identify any potential problem areas, recommend solutions, and work closely and cooperatively with the client to resolve issues quickly and fairly.
Ensure project documentation is complete, current and stored appropriately including RFI’s, submittals, change orders and proposals.
Work with project stakeholders (customers, supervisors, programmers, field personnel, other contractors) to achieve alignment on objectives, priorities, schedules, risks, features, etc. and ensuring they are well documented.
Attend routine progress meetings with the client, vendors or subcontractor to discuss project updates, concerns, and resolution of issues.
Assist in the creation and implementation of innovative methodologies, process improvements, and corrective action plans to continually streamline and improve project operations, outcomes, and quality
Facilitate final sign-off/walk-thru and closeout of projects with the client.
Perform other duties as assigned by leadership

Personal Strengths:
Critical Thinker: You’re able to evaluate feedback and ideas from clients and team members, consider all implications and risks, and determine the best next step forward while providing recommendations that will benefit your projects.

Communicator: You know how to develop and effectively communicate an idea to clients, how to exchange ideas with technical and creative types and how to keep your teams motivated and informed.

Negotiator: You’re comfortable discussing project scope, schedules and budgets with clients and vendors, as well as managing project details with internal teams.

Resourceful/Problem Solver: You can anticipate most issues before they occur, and you can find solutions quickly and effectively and make decisions independently.

Collaborator: You build and nurture positive working relationships with clients, partners, and internal teams and are not afraid to ASK for assistance when needed.

Leadership: You lead and motivate other team members as well as serve as a representative of the company in client environments.

Job Qualifications

Minimum of 5 years work experience in HVAC, Building Automation or control systems with a minimum of 3 years directly working on any combination of integration, checkout, testing, commissioning, and/or field support of DDC and/or PLC-based automation systems
Demonstrate working knowledge of control theory, automatic temperature controls, building automation systems and other building subsystems, PLC Logic
Demonstrate working knowledge of specification and design drawing review for control, electrical and mechanical applications as well as industry standards and best practices
Programming experience is preferred
Knowledge of IP-based networks and various building automation communication protocols and systems preferred. Such protocols and systems include Niagara Tridium, BACnet, LonWorks, Modbus
Proficient in formulating work plans and perform troubleshooting methods given multiple constraints
Proficient in working with others to plan, conduct, and report work efforts
Must work independently with little or no supervision while providing guidance to other team members
Proven supervisory and talent development skills.
Leads by example and demonstrates an aptitude for managing others.
Excellent communication, organization and interpersonal skills required.
Possesses the ability to explain technical information to technical and non-technical people.
Ability to be attentive and responsive to client concerns.
Ability to prioritize and multi-task within time and technical constraints.
Ability to establish effective collaborative working relationships across different functional areas.
Strong working knowledge of current web and mobile technologies.
Must possess a high level of ownership, enthusiasm, and a collaborative, professional temperament.
Experience with MS Project and/or other project management software.
B.S. in Engineering or related field is required.
You must be able to pass a background check, reference check and a drug screening

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

U.S. Citizenship Required.

Existing security clearance is desirable.

Ability to qualify for a US Gov’t security clearance is desirable.