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Refrigeration Project Engineer

Department: Project Engineering
Location: Park Ridge, IL
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?

If the answer is “Yes!”, we would like to talk to you about joining our team!

We are excited to be hiring a Refrigeration Project Engineer to serve a growing Midwest territory. This individual will be responsible for serving existing clients and helping to increase energy efficiency in the territory through delivery of project engineering, strategic energy management (SEM), and program management services. The Project Engineer works directly with our clients to assess their operations and identify opportunities for maximizing energy efficiency and performance in industrial systems.

The Project Engineer takes a consultative role, gathering data, creating analytical models of industrial systems, and writing feasibility reports for energy efficiency projects, while leading overall management of projects. This position requires a specific skill set to be effective – a combination of analytical ability, communicative personality, willingness to handle administrative details, and innate desire to be of service.

This is a full-time, exempt position with our partner, Resource Innovations. Cascade Energy and Resource Innovations have partnered to conduct industrial outreach for our utility client. The outreach team is a tight knit collaboration of professionals from both organizations. Travel is anticipated for this role approximately 20% - 30% of the time, consisting of primarily of day trips.

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 Our Partner

Resource Innovations is an environmental consulting company specializing in energy and water efficiency and focused on helping and empowering people to make smart energy choices. With deep roots in energy efficiency program design and implementation, Resource Innovations is leading the industry with innovative program solutions, working with community organizations toward a collaborative economy.

About Cascade Energy

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 170 and our work reaches throughout the Pacific Northwest and across North America, with clients ranging in size from small up to Fortune 500 companies. We are proud of our reputation and our high-quality work.

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.

The partnership between Cascade Energy and Resource Innovations forms a team that reflects our shared values, which are: do the right thing; put others first; seek shared success; learn constantly; and be industrious.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  •  Provide overall management, direction, and accountability on assigned projects
  •  Assist with delivery of utility-sponsored strategic energy management (SEM) programs
  •  Create Excel-based energy models characterizing whole facility energy use based on site-specific energy drivers
  •  Act as the Technical Lead for a cohort of industrial refrigeration clients to help identify and guide energy efficiency initiatives
  •  Calculate energy savings for various system or equipment changes using existing calculation tools, original spreadsheets, statistical models, and/or generally accepted methodologies
  •  Engage with clients at their industrial locations to fully understand their equipment and operations and to identify opportunities for energy efficiency
  •  Foster and grow client relationships and identify opportunities for generating additional work from current clients
  •  Write energy efficiency feasibility and project reports based on analyses and observations
  •  Document performance through data collection from customer sources or via installed data logging equipment
  •  Conduct Excel-based modeling and optimization of industrial refrigeration systems (compressors, condensers, evaporator, air handlers, and pumps)
  •  Commission existing systems or newly installed efficiency projects to maximize energy performance
  •  Work within various utility and public demand side management programs
  •  Participate in recruiting activities to promote industrial energy efficiency program participation
  •  Track program budgets and performance metrics for DSM clients

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:

  •  BS or MS in mechanical or chemical engineering  
  •  Experience working with or analyzing central (ammonia) industrial refrigeration systems
  •  Exercise a combination of technical and interpersonal skills. The ability to listen, motivate, and influence is critical
  •  Ability to manage and track a large number of projects and tasks simultaneously 
  •  Understand the roles, motivations, and needs of customers and successfully translate this information into short and long-term business strategies and initiatives
  •  Ability to lead technical workshops for clients and have strong presentation skills
  •  Strong engineering analysis skills (a strong background in thermodynamics, including refrigeration and power cycles, is a plus)
  •  Experience with energy efficiency with an emphasis in the industrial refrigeration industry
  •  Project management of capital projects
  •  Experience with electrical power systems, motors, variable frequency drives
  •  Utilize an engaging speaking style and is able to adapt communication to various audiences (operations to executive staff)  
  •  Capacity to foster long-term customer relationships that will mature over time, proven customer engagement skills
  •  Understanding of industrial technologies and energy efficiency best practices
  •  Computer modeling of mechanical systems
  •  Ability to assist with the creation of statistical regression models to track customer performance
Application Process

To apply, please submit an application here. 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.

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