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Building Systems Intern (Washington, DC)

Level: Entry
Job Location: Washington, DC
Education Level: Currently pursuing or achieved a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering, engineering, or building technologies
Travel Percentage: 25-50%

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) provides research, consulting, and advisory services to improve commercial, residential, and multifamily built environments for private and public sector clients. We specialize in energy, sustainability, and accessibility consulting as well as certification, research & development, and compliance services. Our team of professionals has led the way since 1972 in the development of best practices to achieve high performance buildings.

This position will require site visits and visits to the office for training. SWA’s DC office is not fully reopen due to COVID-19. We are hopeful for another phased reopening by late September.

This is a paid internship for up to twelve weeks with the possibility of renewal. Hourly compensation is commensurate with experience and skills. Anticipated dates of internship from 9/20/2021 through 12/13/2021.

This position reports to a Senior Engineer.

Primary Responsibilities

This position is an excellent opportunity to train on the job and expand your knowledge of building systems and performance. Interns will be assigned to project teams to work with experienced professionals on real projects and research related tasks. Responsibilities will vary but generally include:

  • Assist senior staff and other team members on individual projects and research studies.
  • Expand knowledge of HVAC system design and performance through support of building commissioning activities.
  • Develop skills in energy auditing, benchmarking, and retro-commissioning.
  • Review construction documents and provide recommendations to improve constructability, indoor air quality, energy efficiency, and operations.
  • Review submittals, code requirements, and develop testing plans.
  • Document review comments and inspection findings in issues logs and memos.
  • Support site inspections and performance testing of buildings to meet green building program standards including air leakage, duct leakage and fan flow rates.
  • Investigate various LEED Pilot credits and complete LEED documentation with supervision.
  • Research and assist with review of regulatory compliance pathways for assigned projects.
  • Prepare trend analysis and graphics for reports.
  • Provide written technical and non-technical reports for program compliance and ownership review.
  • Communicate clearly and actively participate in team meetings, as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Below is a list of the minimum requirements for the position.

  • Currently pursuing or achieved a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering, engineering, or building technologies
  • Excellent academic standing with high GPA
  • Prior experience with building HVAC systems. Examples of prior experience may include a past internship, school coursework, or a college/university project.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills and the ability to work in a team
  • Self-motivated, innovative, and willing to take on new challenges
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Programs (Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint)

Preferred Knowledge and Skills

Familiarity with:

  • LEED Rating Systems,
  • Utility billing analysis and energy savings spreadsheet calculations,
  • Energy Code and/or ASHRAE standards,
  • Washington, DC regional laws related to energy and climate (Clean Air and Energy Act of 2008, Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act of 2018).

Other duties: Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without prior notice.

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee frequently is required to walk; use hands to type, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand.

When in the field the employee must frequently lift objects up to 40 pounds and carry it 50 yards to facilitate field testing work; must be able to climb stairs and endure typical construction site conditions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.

Travel Required: Travel to local field visits in the DC metro area is estimated at 30 – 40%. OSHA training must be completed prior to any field work.

Working Environment: Approximately 60% of the duties will be performed in an office environment. The remainder of the duties will be performed in the field which will involve trips to projects sites for observation and training.

Performance Standards: Performance will be evaluated against this job description, competencies for this level, and mutually agreed goals.

Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

About Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) provides research, consulting and advisory services to improve commercial, residential and multifamily built environments for private and public-sector clients. We specialize in energy, sustainability and accessibility consulting as well as certification, research & development and compliance services. Our team of professionals has led the way since 1972 in the development of best practices to achieve high performance buildings.

For further information on Steven Winter Associates, please visit www.swinter.com.

SWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer – all qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, or marital status.

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