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Project Engineer

Department: Project Engineering
Location: Pleasanton, CA
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”?
  •  Is it time to put your natural gas, combustion, and industrial system knowledge to good use?
  •  Do you enjoy managing multiple projects and initiatives in a fast-paced consulting environment?
  •  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 Project Engineer to serve a growing California territory. This individual will be responsible for serving existing clients and helping to increase energy efficiency in the territory through delivery of natural gas 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 for our California territoryThis position can be based from a home office location in California or Cascade’s Pleasanton, CA office. The position requires approximately 25% travel, most of which is local.  This could be a half day trip to a site or to a vendor, a full day trip to multiple sites, or an occasional overnight trip to a more distant area. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. 

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 Us

Cascade Energy, founded in 1993, specializes in industrial energy efficiency. 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 for stellar, high quality work. We foster and value a culture of equals, initiative, and ownership. Contribution in all areas is encouraged. Cascade has offices in Portland, Oregon; Eugene, Oregon; Issaquah, Washington; Walla Walla, Washington; Pleasant Grove, Utah; Meridian, Idaho; Park Ridge, Illinois; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Pleasanton, California; San Diego, California; and Burlington, Vermont.

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.

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:

  •  Act as the Natural Gas expert and provide overall management, direction, and accountability on assigned projects
  •  Engage with clients at their industrial locations to fully understand their equipment and operations and to identify opportunities for energy efficiency
  •  Advise and mentor project managers and engineers working on thermal energy efficiency programs across the company
  •  Calculate energy savings for various system or equipment changes using existing calculation tools, original spreadsheets, statistical models, and/or generally accepted methodologies
  •  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 energy modeling and optimization of industrial systems (boilers, furnaces, and other thermal systems as well as refrigeration, compressed air, fans, pumps, etc.)
  •  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
  •  Assist with delivery of utility-sponsored strategic energy management (SEM) programs
  •  Track program budgets and performance metrics for DSM clients
  •  Be an integral part of a small team that is focused on growing its territorial activity and revenue. This may include participating in region-specific trade industries, developing outstanding relationships with utility and corporate customers, and aiding in lead generation and outreach to other utilities and funding organizations in the region

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  
  •  Exercise a combination of technical and interpersonal skills, paying close attention to customer “care-abouts.” 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
  •  Strong engineering analysis skills (a strong background in combustion, heat transfer, and thermodynamics is a plus)
  •  Experience with energy efficiency with an emphasis on natural gas opportunities
  •  Project management of capital projects
  •  Experience with thermal energy systems, boilers, furnaces, oxidizers, etc.
  •  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)  
  •  Proven customer engagement skills with the capacity to foster long-term customer relationships that will mature over time
  •  Understanding of industrial technologies and energy efficiency best practices
  •  Computer modeling of mechanical and thermal systems
  •  Understand project financial metrics and how projects are “sold” to upper management
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.

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 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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