The Director of Energy & Utility Operations reports to the Senior Director of Operations & Maintenance, Facilities Planning & Management and provides engineering design guidance for mechanical, electrical and automation in support of operations, future needs and complex design issues. Develop and manage an energy management plan, regulated through automation controls and service policy. Forecast utility needs and costs. Advise on the establishment of adequate utility budgets.
Apply engineering principles, expertise and practices to complex, extensive and diversified mechanical, electrical, and automation engineering related projects. Participate in review meetings with architects, engineers, project managers, and other construction professionals to resolve design problems.
Review mechanical and electrical project design submissions and analyze consultant submissions to determine compliance with University design and constructions standards and other requirements. Partner with the Director, Operations Engineering to understand asset conditions and provide clear automation logic control for new construction and improvement projects.
Provide mechanical and electrical engineering assistance, guidance and expertise in troubleshooting and problem solving for Facilities Operations and Design and Construction Services. Serve as an advocate for Facilities Operations during design review stage of capital projects. Ensure adherence to established standards and objectives.
Provide engineering guidance to Construction Project Managers. Review project scope for consistency and compliance with University design and constructions standards and good engineering practices. Update the mechanical and electrical design and constructions standards. Develop engineering requirements to program new buildings and major building renovations. Serve as project leader in area of expertise for major, ongoing and technically complex projects with large budgets.
Develop utility budgets for 100+ buildings encompassing over 12.5 million square feet. Normalize utility consumption for variation in weather. Project future utility commodity costs based on market trends and economic indicators. Prepare regular reports to senior management for decision making. Purchase commodity futures at strategic times to minimize price, risk and volatility.
Liaise with utility providers to resolve any problems. Coordinate utility efforts to ensure timely execution of capital projects.
Develop and manage an energy management plan. Identify energy conservation opportunities and develop energy conservation measures to reduce energy costs and support sustainability and energy conservation objectives.
Develop, implement and nurture an automated building controls strategy; including ongoing procurement and maintenance with appropriate competitive sourcing.
Guide the strategic direction of the building management systems (BMS). Review the operation of the Monitoring Center to support the daily operations of all university buildings. Supervise and guide staff in the Monitoring Center.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in mechanical or electrical engineering or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Professional licensure highly desired.
Certified Energy Manager (CEM) as certified from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) preferred.
Membership in the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) preferred.
Must possess 7+years of recent experience in the energy management field.
Experience in establishing utility budgets for large institutions preferred.
Direct facilities operations experience with considerable knowledge in mechanical and electrical operations and design relating to higher education, healthcare and research facilities preferred.
Experience with generator and uninterruptable power supply systems, automatic transfer switch and switchgear layouts preferred.
Direct hands on experience in mechanical or electrical trades with a journeyman or mechanic status (refrigeration mechanic; sheet metal worker; electrician; HVAC mechanic; pipefitter; plumber) preferred.