Operations Engineer (Energy Engineer)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 03 – L – Exempt
  • 04 – M – Exempt
Work Unit:
Office of Physical Plant
Engineering Services
Full/Part Time:


Consider working for The Pennsylvania State University. Located in Centre County, Pennsylvania, employment at Penn State offers an incredible opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the central Pennsylvania outdoors combined with all the culture, sports, and entertainment a large university community can bring. More information on the area and its amenities can be found here: http://www.visitpennstate.org/ The Office of Physical Plant, Department of Engineering Services is seeking an Energy Engineer to assist with the management of the University’s Energy Savings Program. The Energy Engineer is a significant part of the University’s energy management team and primary duties include energy analysis, energy management, and energy project development; analyzing building system operation, condition, and energy consumption; and supporting design review for energy related renovations and major construction projects. This position directly supports strategic planning for the University’s Energy Savings Program (ESP) and provides other engineering support in energy and utilities as needed. The primary duty of this position is to support ESP through project development of energy conservation measures (ECMs) in buildings. The Energy Engineer is expected to Identify feasible energy savings opportunities, develop scoping documentation, review contracts, secure customer approval, and support Project Management in implementing appropriate scope. The Energy Engineer is expected to establish energy goals for new buildings and major renovations to support Design and Construction; and to evaluate building and utility systems and associated processes for demand reduction, efficiency improvements, and energy conservation opportunities. The Energy Engineer will provide energy management solutions by identifying opportunities in University, including the Commonwealth Campuses as necessary for new construction projects, renovations, and maintenance. Other duties include analyzing data from multiple sources and developing summaries, reports and recommendations on energy and utility rated topics. This position will develop and maintain working relationships with project managers, facility coordinators, and building operators to assist with energy goals and may be asked to coordinate meetings and programs on energy management and ESP. The position will provide support and guidance to clients in interpreting and utilizing the data and reports generated, determining the impact on proposed programs, and establishing routine reporting mechanisms. The candidate may develop and conduct field surveys; may conduct training on energy data analysis, interpretation and utilization on energy and utility enterprise systems. This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in Engineering or related discipline plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Bachelor’s degree in Energy Engineering or related discipline preferred. Licensure as a professional engineer is required for a level 4 appointment. Candidates with an energy, utility or engineering background will receive preference. The successful candidate will have experience or familiarity with some or all of the following: Ability to perform technical analysis, calculations and evaluation of results to determine the effectiveness and financial viability of energy projects; ability to comprehend technical design documents of mechanical, electrical and other building systems to assist in the evaluation of energy projects; strong written and verbal communication skills; coordination with design and construction professionals to support the development and implementation of energy projects. This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver’s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. Workforce diversity, cultural inclusiveness and employment equity are deeply rooted in Penn State’s historic mission. Just as we are committed to be a diverse educational environment, we are also committed to be a diverse working community. As a community, we endeavor to be a mixture of cultural backgrounds, life experiences, individual perspectives, and numerous other characteristics that add variety and vitality to the workplace. More information on all the benefits associated with employment at the University can be found on the Penn State jobs website: https://psu.jobs/

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088