Title:  Mechanical Engineer - Geothermal

Requisition ID:  140
Job Supplier:  CHA Consulting, Inc.

Parsippany, NJ, US, 07054

Date:  Jan 5, 2023

Company Overview

CHA Consulting, Inc. (CHA) is an innovative, full-service engineering consulting and construction management firm delivering sustainable, integrated solutions to the world's most challenging infrastructure projects.  With decades of experience, we bring inspired talent, forward-leaning technology, and essential partnerships to meet our clients’ evolving needs. We are your trusted advisors and partners committed to responsibly improving the world we live in.

Job Description

CHA is currently seeking a Mechanical Engineer - Geothermal (Job ID 5403) to join our Advanced Energy Group in our Parsippany, NJ office location.  

CHA provides a comprehensive approach to district energy and power and thermal generation systems. We ensure these critical systems are maintainable and operable with redundant, fail-safe backups. Our expertise encompasses gas turbines, steam turbines, reciprocating engines, gas plants, biomass plants, coal-fired boiler plants, chiller plants, high-voltage substation, and more. From the early stages of master planning and permitting through comprehensive detailed design, we partner with our clients to bring projects online fully and efficiently.

On this team, the Mechanical Engineer will be responsible for:

  • Leading the development of relationships, opportunities, and proposals.
  • Managing geothermal design-build initiatives, providing full project management and delivery of these projects.
  • Coordinating with clients and key project contacts, external design teams, general contractors, and sub-consultants.
  • Drafting sub-consultant scopes of work, receiving proposals, approving proposals, subconsultant agreements, and tracking/approving project costs.
  • Analyzing Horizontal and vertical geothermal Bore Field Systems
  • Analyzing the potential of installing geothermal heat pumps. This requires conceptual geothermal design, computerized heating and cooling loads, and energy analysis to determine the proposed systems economic feasibility over conventional HVAC system.
  • Integration of geothermal heat pumps with renewable distributive energy resources for municipal, university, school and hospital facilities.
  • Geothermal Heat Exchanger Modeling
  • Building Heating and Cooling Load Modeling & Life Cycle Cost Analysis to support the design development, implementation, and technical analysis of various systems to implement new products, or changes to an existing scheme, to suit individual client needs. Develops and maintains a familiarity with the federal, state, and local regulations, as well as the firm’s and client’s practices, procedures, and standards.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering is required
  • Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certification required; Professional Engineer (PE) license is preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years of related engineering experience is required
  • Excellent understanding of commercial building sciences, mechanical system design, conventional HVAC, heat pump technologies, building automation and energy modelling applications.
  • An understanding of energy-related issues in the commercial, industrial, institutional and multi residential building sectors, and who the key players are in those sectors
  • Excellent knowledge of HVAC system sizing for commercial projects above 30T, configuration and selection of appropriate equipment and systems as well as compliance with appropriate building and operating standards.
  • Knowledge of governmental and utility incentive programs for sustainable heating and cooling (e.g., NYSERDA - New York State Energy and Research Development Authority)
  • Strong knowledge of engineering, computational, and modeling software (Revit, AutoCAD, MicroStation, etc.)
  • Familiarity with ground heat exchanger design software (ex. GLD, GHLEPro)
  • Familiar with QA/QC procedures
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills with the ability to adapt communication style to suit various audiences
  • Desire to work in a collaborative team environment with the willingness to assist more senior staff
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software required

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to walk throughout large facilities that may require PPE such as steel toe shoes, hardhat, eye and ear protection, face masks, and/or respirators. 
  • Must be able to climb ladders and stairs to access roof or other locations.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must have reliable transportation. Travel by car within 300 miles of office can be expected occasionally. Travel by plane can be expected occasionally.

Culture/Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

At CHA, we are helping to build a world where thought leadership, social responsibility, and diversity thrive, and we are committed to recruiting, developing, and retaining a highly talented and diverse team of individuals to help us do it. Our aspiration to responsibly improve the world we live in – combined with hiring practices, training opportunities, and engagement with our communities – reflect a company culture that is progressive and forward leaning.

We as an organization celebrate the values of inclusion and equality, and advocate for the full participation of all people in an environment free of discrimination. To support these values, we invite all qualified applicants to be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Level:  Mid-Level (2+ to 5 Years' Experience)
Job Type:  Salaried
Starting Salary $:  75000

Nearest Major Market: New York City
Nearest Secondary Market: Newark

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