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Energy Efficiency Project Engineer (Puget Sound Region)

Created 9/1/2020 by Lori Scharlin
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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 Project Engineer to serve a growing territory (Puget Sound area of Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska). 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, identifying energy efficiency opportunities, 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 skillset 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 in our Issaquah, Washington office. The position requires approximately 20% 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.

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
  • 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
  • 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 systems (refrigeration, compressed air, fans, and pumps)
  • Provide peer mentorship through technical discussions and work review
  • Commission existing systems or newly installed 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
  • Discuss or explain complex technical issues with a diverse audience on their level in a way that facilitates understanding and consensus
  • 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 or related field
  • 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
  • Strong engineering analysis skills (a strong background in thermodynamics, including refrigeration and power cycles, is a plus)
  • Experience with energy efficiency with an emphasis on industry or agriculture
  • 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 system
  • Ability to assist with the creation of statistical regression models to track customer performance
  • Able to travel locally and cross international (Canada-USA) border semi-frequently

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.
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