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Project Engineer

Department: Project Engineering
Location: Portland , OR
About this Opportunity
  •  Are you interested in being a part of a company that helps industrial facilities save energy?
  •  Do you enjoy being a part of a high performing team; and collaborating to move them towards “better”?
  •  Do you enjoy an environment where everyone knows what success looks like in their role and for their team?
  •  Do you enjoy being part of an organization that considers our values with every decision we make?
  •  Are you a life-long learner who feels shared success is the ultimate success?
About Us

Cascade Energy was founded in 1993 by three friends who recognized the opportunity and the need to help industrial customers save energy. Today, we are a team of 160 Cascadians that take great pride in our reputation and high-quality work. Our work reaches throughout the Pacific Northwest and across North America, with clients ranging in size from small up to Fortune 500 companies. We foster and value a culture of equals, initiative, and ownership. Cascadians have an opportunity to make positive contributions. Cascade has offices in Portland, OR; Eugene, OR; Issaquah, WA; Walla Walla, WA; Pleasant Grove, UT; Meridian, ID; Burlington, VT; Park Ridge, IL; Pleasanton, CA; and San Diego, CA.

At Cascade Energy, we believe in better. We come to work every day with a drive for continuous improvement and we dedicate ourselves to making industrial energy efficiency happen in measurable and sustained ways. We offer energy efficiency program design and implementation, energy efficiency engineering, energy management services and software, and hands-on training and coaching.

Our teams are a reflection of our company values, which are: do the right thing; put others first; seek shared success; learn constantly; and be industrious.

You’ll likely find this opportunity attractive if you care about your team, love to learn new things, have a growth mindset, are humble, and are excited to work with a group of committed peers help make energy efficiency happen.

About the Position

We are seeking a Project Engineer with experience in industrial systems and/or energy efficiency. Successful candidates will work directly with our utility customers and industrial clients to identify and study opportunities for optimizing energy efficiency and performance in industrial systems. 

Our Project Engineers take a consultative approach, gathering data, installing logging equipment, creating optimization models of industrial systems, and writing feasibility reports for energy efficiency projects, while also communicating with key stakeholders of projects.  

The effective Project Engineer utilizes a specific skill set – a combination of analytical ability, communicative personality, willingness to handle administrative details, and innate desire to be of service. Does this sound like you?

This is a full time, exempt position in our Portland Oregon headquarter. This position requires approximately 25% travel, most of which is local. Travel could be a half day trip to a site or to meet with a vendor, a full day to multiple sites, or an occasional overnight to a more distant area. 

Essential Functions

Can you see yourself growing into a role that has you doing the following?

  • You provide overall management, direction, and accountability on assigned projects
  • You engage with clients at their industrial locations to fully understand their equipment and operations, and to identify opportunities for energy efficiency
  • You calculate energy savings for various system or equipment changes using existing calculation tools, original spreadsheets, and/or generally accepted engineering methodologies
  • You document performance through data collection from customer sources or via installed data logging equipment
  • You conduct Excel-based energy modeling and optimization of industrial systems (refrigeration, compressed air, fans, pumps, etc.)
  • You compose energy efficiency project reports based on analyses and observations
  • You commission existing systems or newly installed efficiency projects to maximize energy performance
  • You conduct energy efficiency tune-ups to identify low cost and no cost O&M type energy savings opportunities

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


As a part of our team, the most important qualifications are shared values, a customer-centric approach, and an aptitude for learning. You would be a great fit for this position if you have the following:

  • Exceptional critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making capabilities including:
  • Ability to quickly see opportunity and evaluate the quality of the energy efficiency opportunity (size and cost)
  • Ability to apply the right level of engineering rigor based on the size of the project and potential savings
  • Knowing when to get a second opinion and when to forge on with their own judgment
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment within an office setting.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills, with the ability to adeptly juggle multiple projects, customers, deadlines, and demands
  • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to move from the “big picture” to smaller details quickly and easily
  • Excellent verbal communication skills with ability to comfortably interact with both internal and external customers, along with stakeholders at multiple levels to serve their needs
  • Excellent written communication skills to author engineering reports for both highly technical and non-technical audiences
  • Proactive, resourceful, and highly motivated to achieve project results

Education & Experience


  • BS and/or MS in mechanical or chemical engineering or similar field
  • Experience with industrial energy efficiency or equivalent engineering
  • Strong engineering analysis skills using MS Excel


Strongly Preferred: 

  • Experience with project or process engineering in an industrial environment 

        Highly Desirable:

  • Demand Side Management (DSM) program engineering experience.
  • Technical expertise with the following industrial sub-systems; compressed air, process cooling, pumps and fans, industrial controls, steam systems, and data-logging of systems
  • Experience giving technical trainings to industrial customers
  • Project management of capital projects in an industrial setting
Compensation & Benefits

Our total rewards include competitive pay and excellent benefits. These include health (90% paid for team member, 80% paid for dependents), vision, FSA or HSA options with an employer contribution, life insurance, short and long term disability insurance, 401k retirement plan with both a guaranteed 3% contribution and a profit sharing contribution, annual cash performance bonus, (8) paid holidays per year, paid vacation time, and paid sick time.

Our team enjoys a flexible work schedule in a professional yet casual environment. Cascade promotes a healthy work-life balance and appreciates employee contribution in all areas. We walk the talk about our commitment to learning constantly, with a focus on the ongoing development of every team member. We also offer multiple transportation options that include parking options and an annual company paid Hop Fastpass™ for TriMet, C-TRAN, and Portland Street Car.

Application Process

To apply, please submit an application via the Careers Page of our website. Applications will not be considered without a resume and cover letter (.pdf please) describing what about our team or the position resonates with you, and how your experience could make you a great fit for the role. Professional references will be requested from finalists.

  •  Please, no phone calls.
  •  Please, no outside recruiters or agencies.
  •  Cascade Energy is not able to provide sponsorship for work authorization in the U.S.
AAP/EEO Statement

Cascade Energy provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Cascade Energy complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. Cascade Energy expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, marital status, or veteran status. Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action, up to and including immediate termination.

Cascade Energy is committed to a drug-free workplace. Offers of employment are contingent on passing a pre-employment drug screen.

Cascade Energy follows the U.S. law that requires us to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States – either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. To this end, we use the E-Verify system provided by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.

Cascade Energy will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by Cascade, or (c) consistent with Cascade’s legal duty to furnish information.


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