Building Systems Engineer/Commissioning Agent


Steven Winter Associates, Inc.


New York, NY

Full time/part time: Full time
Level: Experienced

The Position and Team

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) is seeking qualified professionals with a strong passion for improving the built environment to support commissioning, energy auditing, and retrofit services.

These roles will be an integral part of our expanding team, which is leveraging SWA’s 46-year track record to provide commissioning, energy audit, and retrofit services to the NYC Metropolitan areas and beyond.  We are looking for qualified individuals for both our New York City and Washington, DC offices. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to complete the following tasks with the technical and personal skills outlined below that will help him or her excel at SWA.

Mid-level positions report to Senior Engineers, while Senior-level positions report to Directors.

Primary Responsibilities may include some or all of the following:

  1. Understand common HVAC systems and emerging high-performance alternatives
  2. Work on commissioning projects for new construction and existing building retrofits
  3. Conduct energy audits and retro-commissioning of existing buildings
  4. Aid in the design and oversight of energy efficiency retrofits
  5. Assist in reviewing construction documents and provide recommendations to improve constructability, indoor air quality, energy efficiency, and operations
  6. Research equipment and code requirements
  7. Review submittals
  8. Assist with developing testing plans
  9. Inspect installations of building equipment
  10.   Review and perform building diagnostic tests
  11.   Document review comments and inspection findings in issues logs
  12.   Perform open-ended data analysis
  13.   Provide written technical and non-technical reports for program compliance and ownership review
  14.   Work together with building owners, developers, architects, engineers and contractors

Work with internal stakeholders including project managers, energy modelers, sustainability consultants, accessibility consultants, etc.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Below is a list of the minimum requirements for the position.

Required industry knowledge, and skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering
  • SWA is hiring for mid-level and senior-level positions (compensation commensurate with experience)
  • Understanding of building HVAC, Plumbing, Automation Controls, and/or Electrical systems
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Programs (in order of importance Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint)

Preferred knowledge, and skills

  • Familiarity with Energy Code and/or ASHRAE standards is a plus
  • Familiarity with LEED Rating Systems
  • Familiarity NYC Local Laws related to energy and climate
  • Professional Engineering (PE) licensure or Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam

Personal qualities

  • Excellent communicator and presenter able to explain complex concepts to a variety of stakeholders
  • Attention to detail with strong oral and written communication skills
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, maturity, credibility, confidence and integrity.
  • Strong time-management skills and experience managing multiple priorities at once
  • Collaborative with strong focus on teamwork
  • Excellent work ethic
  • Self-motivated

Other duties:

Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without prior notice.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee frequently is required to walk; use hands to type, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand.

When in the field the employee must frequently lift or move objects up to 40 pounds; must be able to climb stairs and endure typical construction site conditions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.

Travel Required

Occasional overnight travel may be required (Less than 10%). Frequent local field visits in the Office Metro area will be necessary (estimated at 40-50%). A valid and clean driving license is required.

Working Environment

Approximately half of the duties will be performed in an office environment. The remainder of the duties will be performed in the field which will involve trips to projects sites for observation and training.

Performance Standards

Performance will be evaluated against this job description, competencies for this level, and mutually agreed goals.

About Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) provides research, consulting and advisory services to improve commercial, residential and multifamily built environments for private and public-sector clients. We specialize in energy, sustainability and accessibility consulting as well as certification, research & development and compliance services. Our team of professionals has led the way since 1972 in the development of best practices to achieve high performance buildings.

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SWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer – all qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, or marital status. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be reviewed.