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Engineer 2

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details



Career Area :

Engineering and Architecture

Posting Open Date:


Application Deadline:


Open Until Filled:


Position Type:

Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)

Working Title:

Engineer 2

Appointment Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Position Number:


Vacancy ID:


Full Time/Part Time:

Full-Time Permanent



Hours per week:


Position Location:

North Carolina, US

Hiring Range:

$63,414 - $102,878

Proposed Start Date:


Be a Tar Heel!:

A global higher education leader in innovative teaching, research and public service, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top public universities. Known for its beautiful campus, world-class medical care, commitment to the arts and top athletic programs, Carolina is an ideal place to teach, work and learn.One of the best college towns and best places to live in the United States, Chapel Hill has diverse social, cultural, recreation and professional opportunities that span the campus and community.University employees can choose from a wide range of professional training opportunities for career growth, skill development and lifelong learning and enjoy exclusive perks for numerous retail, restaurant and performing arts discounts, savings on local child care centers and special rates on select campus events. UNC-Chapel Hill offers full-time employees a comprehensive benefits package, paid leave, and a variety of health, life and retirement plans and additional programs that support a healthy work/life balance.

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The Engineering Services Department (ES) within Facilities Services provides engineering services to the UNC Chapel Hill campus, a highly complex campus with a large number and variety of buildings and structures. ES provides engineering expertise for all engineering facets for the campus. ES is responsible for project development for all University Engineering led projects including repair, renovation and new construction; management of capital budgets and administration of design contracts associated with these projects. In addition, ES is responsible for development of high functioning campus engineering design standards, design of engineered systems, inspection of all projects implemented within campus buildings, engineering support of Building Services personnel, leads energy management and water conservation efforts, and building commissioning services.

Position Summary:


The Engineer-2 position has a comprehensive commissioning and energy management role in the UNC’s Energy Management unit. This position is responsible for multiple facets of commissioning work on capital building projects, including development of commissioning scope of work, qualification-based selection of the 3rd party commissioning agents, contract negotiation, and oversight of the work. Related tasks on capital building projects include review of plans from designers, equipment submittals, assisting with development of basis of design documents, coordination of functional testing and system training, along with general coordination between project team, UNC Facilities, and end users. The position will provide direct commissioning services and retro commissioning services for smaller capital building projects (customer funded or otherwise) to include control schematic development, BAS functional testing, troubleshooting, and training. Position will interface with complex mechanical and control systems supporting research lab space, including high-containment (BSL-3) labs and lab animal vivaria. This position will be involved with implementation and management of a continuous commissioning program for various building automation systems across the campus. Tasks include creation of appropriate rules, identification of control points, integration of control points with the software, and review of effectiveness of the program.

As part of energy management unit, this position is responsible to identify and analyze new energy and water conservation projects (scoping and life cycle cost analysis), building audits and drawing reviews to develop the energy conservation projects with fundable cost estimations and savings calculations. Familiarity with building energy modeling software like Trane Trace and Bin data calculations is a plus. This position will partner with engineering services and other units within UNC facilities department during implementation of energy conversation measures, new strategies for optimizing HVAC systems to improve operational efficiencies while considering O&M concerns and ensuring projects are completed under budget and on schedule. Tracking issues encountered during each project in an Issues Log to ensure discrepancies are addressed properly and timely and project share lessons learnt with the team to improve internal processes. This position will also provide technical support for building control technicians and EMCS system operators and will provide support on technical, process and other aspects related to energy management unit ’s responsibilities, as needed by the supervisor.

This position is neither remote nor hybrid. Position is located in Chapel Hill, NC and will require the incumbent to be present at the office and work on the UNC campus buildings during the work week.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in the engineering discipline related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. Some positions may require licensure by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

Ability to troubleshoot and optimize complex mechanical systems for efficiency and maintainability. Knowledge of control system sequence of operations and able to read, understand and comply with the university’s standards for mechanical and control systems. Knowledge of efficiency strategies for HVAC control systems such as discharge air reset, air side economizer, discharge static pressure reset, and heat recovery systems. Demonstrated experience programming HVAC control systems and experience with commissioning and retro commissioning of HVAC and building systems. Ability to read and comprehend complex mechanical, electrical and architectural plans and specifications. Working knowledge of current NC building codes. In-depth knowledge of commercial, institutional and laboratory heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing complex technical concepts to trades staff, engineers, and management. A valid NC driver’s license or ability to obtain one prior to start date.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

Progressive experience with energy conservation methods for electrical and mechanical systems including lighting, HVAC, chilled waters systems, compressed air systems, building envelopes, and building pneumatic and digital building control systems. Advanced knowledge of building automation systems specifically Invensys, Johnson Controls, and Vista. Strong knowledge of maintenance requirements for HVAC systems. Cost estimating for design and construction projects. Adept at MS Work, MS Excel. Ability to participate in the development of long-range strategic goals. Knowledge of Continuous Commissioning.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

Not Applicable.

Special Instructions:

The selected candidate for this position may be eligible for a sign-on bonus. Qualified applicants must apply and be selected from the candidate pool of this posting and meet the State policy following requirements:

To be eligible for a Sign-on bonus, an individual must not have worked in a probationary, permanent, or time-limited appointment in the last 12 months as an employee in North Carolina state government, including without limitation the judicial system, state executive branch agencies, and the university system.

A newly hired permanent full time or permanent part-time (more than 20 hours a week) employee are eligible for a sign-on bonus (this will be prorated for employees working more than 20 hours and less than 40 hours per week).
This Sign-on Bonus is contingent upon budget and final eligibility determination as of the effective date of hire. All recipients must sign the Pay Back Agreement form. Additional information regarding the Sign-on Policy can be found


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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