Research and Development Engineer 2 (Mechanical Systems Engineer)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
02 – M – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of Engineering
Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute
Full/Part Time:


The Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) is seeking an individual experienced in design, specification, and maintenance and operation of HVAC, boiler, chiller, and controls systems to join our Engineering Services Team. This person will be responsible for reviewing mechanical process flow diagrams and system design documents, performing construction field reviews for specification conformance, troubleshooting existing systems and providing resolution advice, performing AHSRAE Level 1 audits to identify energy conservation opportunities, assisting with project scope development, providing oversight of adjusting and balancing HVAC systems, providing advice on best practice of HVAC, boiler, and chiller systems operation and maintenance, and evaluating new technologies. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate will have experience with some or all of the following: demonstrated proficiency in HVAC—theory, processes, equipment, and systems; fluency and proficiency in comprehending technical drawings and specifications; experience evaluating proposed solutions and troubleshooting existing systems in both controls and physical operation; familiarization with commissioning, testing and balancing requirements for HVAC systems; aptitude in identifying and quantifying energy savings opportunities; familiarization with applicable ASHRAE standards and code requirements as they apply to HVAC systems; heating and cooling load assessments; humidity control; smoke evacuation systems; and HVAC control systems, boilers, and chillers. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required for preparing reports, creating and providing education presentations, and collaborating with site maintenance personnel to evaluate field conditions and assist in the resolution of operational problems and deficiencies in HVAC, boiler, and chiller systems. Experience with BACnet controls and additional years of experience strongly preferred; registration as a professional engineer in Pennsylvania is a plus, but not required. The position is based in State College, PA; however, travel throughout PA is required (day and occasional overnight). This position will interact regularly with a diverse customer base across the Commonwealth. 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 being a diverse working community. 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. U.S. citizenship is required. Security clearances may be required for access to client sites. The Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute has been providing technical assistance to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania facilities since 1947. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire with excellent possibility of refunding. 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. Consider working for The Pennsylvania State University. Employment at Penn State offers an incredible opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the central Pennsylvania outdoors combined with all of the culture, sports, and entertainment a large university community can bring. More information on the area and its amenities can be found at: Information about PSFEI can be found at: Benefits of employment at the University including tuition discounts, health care, and retirement contributions can be found on the Penn State jobs website: We Are…Penn State!

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