Sr. Energy Efficiency Engineer – Technology Validation

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The Energy Efficiency Research and Analysis Group within the Energy and Transportation Science Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applicants to work in the areas of technology validation to enhance industrial and building energy efficiency. 

You would have the opportunity to assist principal investigators and lead projects as part of an expanding program. Your work will be focused on technical assistance to improve energy efficiency in existing buildings and industrial facilities during their operational phase.  You would provide support to the U.S. DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) programs which is under the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. AMO’s Technology Partnerships subprogram presently works with some of the largest manufacturing plants in the United States through the DOE’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Program. 

Through the Better Plants program, ORNL is helping manufacturers to identify and evaluate innovative energy efficiency technologies through a new-technology field-validation initiative.  The Field Validation initiative will help companies overcome the market barrier of insufficient field-performance data. DOE will provide technical assistance to industry partners to evaluate new, innovative, energy-efficiency technologies and by having National Lab experts participate in on-site tests to evaluate and verify the impacts of a new technologies on energy consumption. After each analysis is completed, the Lab expert will generate and publish a publicly available report providing a product-neutral and facility-neutral assessment of the test results so that other partners can learn about and consider the new technology. 

Through this pilot program, next-generation energy efficiency technologies will be evaluated in real-world operational settings, verifying and validating their performance. DOE will develop a compendium of technologies that have been evaluated in the course of this pilot program and this compendium will serve as a reference guide to the entire manufacturing sector about technologies and materials that can enhance industrial energy performance. 

By discovering innovative energy-savings technologies while they are still in development and by working with manufacturers who have pledged to improve their energy performance, this effort can ensure America’s manufacturing leadership position, strengthen US competitiveness, and contribute to meaningful investments in innovation. In turn, the effort will provide valuable feedback that will inform future investments in early-stage R&D thereby accelerating innovation in energy savings technologies. 

Major Duties / Responsibilities

You will collaborate on analysis and evaluation of emerging technologies and practices for increasing the energy efficiency of the industrial and buildings sectors.  The assignment will involve leading projects and supporting ORNL program managers and principal investigators on AMO programs and projects in a fast-paced multi-tasking environment.  The AMO project work includes supporting activities under the DOE’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program; activities would include: developing and reviewing technology test plans and protocols, developing and implementing data collection and instrumentation plans, evaluating and analyzing new and emerging technologies, visiting manufacturing sites, assisting industrial clients to improve energy management practices, perform energy data benchmarking and analysis studies. This work will include writing detailed technical reports to document and summarize the results of technology evaluations and technical assistance activities; it will also include contributing to periodic progress reports for sponsors. You should have the ability to work independently, as well as, creatively and cooperatively as a member of an interdisciplinary team. 

If selected, you will lead projects, collaborate with research staff, engineers, technicians and partner organizations on future initiatives, network with related organizations, interact with existing sponsors in pursuit of additional research funding, and prepare proposals and present results to sponsors, peer reviewers, and others.


A BS degree in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering or related discipline is required.  A minimum of 15 years of experience with industry and/or buildings, specifically with energy efficiency management and projects is preferred. 

Proficiency with the use of Excel in engineering data reduction and analysis is essential. Experience with mechanical engineering modeling and analysis tools is highly desirable. Knowledge of industrial processes, building science, energy savings performance contracts, heating and cooling technologies, and mechanical systems and controls is desired. Familiarity with numerical calculation and statistical data analysis techniques is desired.

Additional requirements include: 

  1. Excellent oral and written communication skills to support regular interactions with manufacturing partners, sponsors, and others and to prepare reports, proposals, publications and journal articles are required.
  2. Strong interpersonal and communication skills to support team building, partnering and communications are a plus for this position.
  3. Must be willing to travel. The successful candidate will be involved in meetings with DOE sponsors in Washington DC and will attend key conferences and workshops. Travel will be periodically required to visit federal facilities and industrial plants. 

No security clearance is required for this position.

Benefits at ORNL:  Benefits include a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options. Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, coffee stands, and fitness facilities.    

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

 The link to apply is  and the job is located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  The deadline is April 15, 2020.


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