Operations Engineer

Job description

This will be a full time position within the Facilities Services Department to address energy and facilities strategies in support of the educational, sustainability, operational and maintenance goals of the university. The position is to identify and assist in the evaluation of these strategies to ensure optimal use of energy and water as part of the university's commitment to reduce the university's carbon footprint in a financially responsible manner. This may be accomplished by identifying energy conservation measures, assistance with new building design, identifying and supporting retrofit projects, improving facility operational and maintenance strategies, utility consumption and rate evaluations, etc.

Job Duties:

Energy Management

  • Develop, prioritize and implement, through energy audits and data review (design and construction documents, trend data, etc.), energy and water conservation measures with cost estimates, savings and technical feasibility as appropriate.
  • Develop measurement and verification (M&V) methodology for completed conservation projects.
  • Review and address utility data trends for accuracy and savings opportunities.
  • Analyze utility rate options including electric, natural gas transport and renewable energy options with Colorado Springs Utilities and third party vendors.
  • Work with the building automation system to identify opportunities for improved sequence of operations and to reduce peak demand charges for the university and to assist with efficient management of buildings.
  • Evaluate renewable energy options for possible implementation.
  • Collaborate with Sustainability Office to coordinate with behavioral conservation strategies and campaigns
  • Support student initiatives and educational experiences with technical support as requested


  • Support the HVAC facilities staff to analyze and optimize heating, cooling and ventilating systems for efficient and effective thermal comfort and indoor air quality.
  • Support the facilities department with engineering expertise for operations, repair and replacement decisions.
  • Support the facilities staff with technical training as appropriate.
  • Identify and assist with retro-commissioning projects for existing buildings where appropriate.
  • Analyze and recommend Demand Side Reduction (DSR) strategies for potential change in rate classes for select buildings and reduced electricity costs.
  • Develop energy utilization guidelines and standards to support the facilities and design staff.
  • Support the development of preventive maintenance schedules for building systems.
  • Work with the facilities staff to identified planned maintenance (controlled maintenance) needs.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory agency policies, including federal, state and local legislation, rules and guidance.

New Facilities

  • Provide project management for the implementation of energy, water, operations and maintenance improvement projects.
  • Support the project design and construction processes through review of design and construction documents for all new buildings to optimize energy and resource efficiency.
  • Support project design and construction with technical expertise.
  • Participate in Owner Architect Contractor (OAC) meetings when appropriate and recommend solutions for technical issues during the construction process.
  • Provide technical expertise to achieve USGBC LEED GOLD or LEED equivalent buildings.

Job Competencies:

  • Strong systemic analytical thinking skills for problem identification, analysis and resolution.
  • Strong project management, multi-tasking, economic evaluation, and documentation skills.
  • Strong collaborative skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Effectiveness in working with individuals from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.

For purposes of FLSA, this position has been determined to be exempt from (not eligible for) overtime under FLSA.

Salary Range: $71,000 - $80,000

The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs offers a full benefits package. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at http://www.cu.edu/employee-services.

The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical or electrical engineering from an accredited program.

  • Five years of experience in energy management, mechanical and/or electrical systems design, construction, and/or maintenance, or closely related field.
  • Five years of experience in institutional, commercial and/or industrial type facilities in engineering.
  • Experience with building automation systems.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Master's degree in mechanical or electrical engineering from an accredited program.
  • Seven years of experience in energy management, mechanical and/or electrical systems design, construction, and/or maintenance, or closely related field.
  • Experience with commissioning and retro-commissioning.
  • Significant experience with building automation systems.
  • Experience working with students in an educational environment
  • Registered Professional Engineer
  • LEED AP - Certified Energy Manager (CEM)
  • Energy Modeling experience
  • AutoCAD capable

Special Instructions to Applicants:• Applications submitted by January 15, 2018 will receive full consideration. • Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. Please apply at www.cu.edu/cu-careers. • Upon request, please be prepared to provide five professional references (at least two previous/current supervisors), including their email contact information. • Official Transcripts will be required upon hire.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Unofficial transcript(s)

Application Materials Instructions:If you have technical difficulties with your application, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200 #5 or [email protected] Job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact.

Job Category: Engineering and Architecture/Physical Science and Engineering

Primary Location: Colorado Springs

Department: C0001 -- Colorado Springs Campus - 40093 - VCAF-Planning & Construction

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Dec 15, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Kristy Hignite

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00740573





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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