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Center for Energy and Environment

Mechanical Engineer

Date posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Job Details:

The Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) seeks a full time Mechanical Engineer to work as part of a team to investigate and deliver energy savings recommendations to clients in a wide variety of buildings and to support other projects at CEE.  Candidate must be able to demonstrate integrity, the ability to learn, be results-orientation and have a sense of how to balance urgency and quality.  Good communication skills, both written and verbal, and ability to work in a fast-paced environment are desired.  Organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy, dependability and a good work ethic are a must. 

This is a full time position that provides a wide range of benefits including Paid Time Off (PTO), medical, dental, life and long term disability insurance as well as a profit sharing retirement plan.



CEE is a data-driven, consumer-focused, and community-based clean energy nonprofit with locations in the North Loop of Minneapolis and St. Paul's Midway. For nearly 40 years, CEE has collaborated with utilities, governments, nonprofits, and businesses to deliver actionable research and innovative programs that reduce energy waste and harmful emissions. We're proud to operate in Minnesota, a national leader in clean energy and energy efficiency.

Our staff includes creative and pragmatic environmentalists, program developers and implementers, engineers and technical experts and research professionals. Our quirky “bring your dog to work” organizational culture is professional but easy-going, with a deep emphasis on collaboration, innovation, and technical expertise.



The mechanical engineer is responsible for analysis of the energy use of systems from both a field and design perspective. The majority of the work is in buildings of all kinds (residential, commercial, and industrial). The engineer will both lead engineering based energy efficiency projects for CEE's clients, and support other internal and external projects that require measurement, analysis, and verification of energy use. These projects range from single day studies to 9 month long recommissioning projects that produce an ASHRAE Level III audit report. These projects require review of client documents (plans and specifications), field monitoring data, and financial analysis of recommendations. CEE's engineers assist other department, especially research and new program development with their experience based recommendations and creative ideas.


  • A degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • Five years of work experience in energy engineering field or working as an engineer is preferred
  • If not already licensed Professional Engineer, the ability to achieve PE status.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a car to travel between office and working sites.




  • Detailed understanding of commercial Heating, Cooling and Ventilation systems.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Desire to learn about emerging and cutting edge technologies
  • Ability to calculate energy reduction potential for recommendations measures.
  • Able to work independently and in a team setting. 
  • Goal driven.
  • Proficient in the use personal computer software such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases and electronic mail.
  • Able to program using Visual Basic or similar language and willingness to further develop this skill.


Physical Requirements

  • Ability to demonstrate the manual dexterity to operate a personal computer effectively.
  • Ability to view and operate a personal computer, either desktop or laptop, for extended periods of time creating, composing and reviewing documents and spreadsheets.
  • Ability to operate general office equipment, e.g., PC, printer, fax, telephone, etc.
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a minimal amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
  • Ability to carry tools bags needed for investigation work.  Bags can weigh as much as 40 pounds.


Working Conditions

  • Primary working hours are within CEE’s business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Ability to work beyond typical working hours as needed or required to meet deadlines or to investigate a building during off peak hours.
  • Ability to work in fast paced environment with high pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to perform work indoors in an office environment, regardless of whether cubicle, open office or private office.
  • Ability to work out of the office in the field which may include working around rotating equipment, high voltage, or warm humid areas.
  • Ability to travel to national conferences to expand CEE’s knowledge base or to present findings from work CEE has performed.
  • All safety equipment needed to preform job will be provided by CEE along with training on how to use safety equipment.



Dependent upon qualifications and experience.

How to Apply

Email or fax cover letter and resume to Human Resources:

Mechanical Engineer Position
Center for Energy and Environment
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite #560
Minneapolis, MN 55401

FAX 612-335-5995

Equal Opportunity Employer

Specialties Desired:
Construction Engineering
Energy Sector
Experienced Engineer
Facilities Engineering
P.E. Professional Engineer

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Center for Energy and Environment
212 N. 3rd St. #560
Minneapolis MN 55401
Phone: 612-3355858 
Fax: 612-335-5888

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