Job Title: Energy Engineer
Level: Entry
Job Location: Washington, DC
Education Level: Bachelors Degree
Travel Percentage: Estimated 40-60%

The Position and Team

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) is seeking qualified professionals with a strong passion for improving the built environment to support our Building Operations, Decarbonization, and Efficiency team.

This role will be an integral part of our expanding team, which is leveraging SWA’s 49-year track record to provide commissioning, energy auditing, and retrofit services to multifamily, commercial, institutional, cultural/art center, and community center buildings in the DC area and beyond.  We are looking for qualified individuals for our Washington, DC office. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to complete the following tasks with the technical and interpersonal skills outlined below that will help him or her excel at SWA. This posting is for an entry-level position (<2 years of experience).

This position will require site visits and may start partially or fully remote.

These positions report to a Senior Engineer / Consultant. 

Primary Responsibilities for the position will include:

1. Perform project work for:

  •  Commissioning projects for new construction and existing building retrofits
  •  Benchmarking, energy auditing, and retro-commissioning for existing buildings.

2. Complete technical project work including:

  • Understand common HVAC systems and emerging high-performance alternatives.
  • With guidance from Senior Engineers, identify energy- or carbon-saving strategies in existing buildings and develop savings calculations supporting recommendations.
  • Review construction documents and provide recommendations to improve constructability, indoor air quality, energy efficiency, and operations.
  • Review submittals, code requirements, and develop testing plans.
  • Inspect installations of building equipment.
  • Review and perform terminal unit functional testing.
  • Document review comments and inspection findings in issues logs and memos.
  • Provide written technical and non-technical reports for program compliance and ownership review.

3.  Work together with building owners, developers, architects, engineers, and contractors.

4.  Work with internal stakeholders including project managers, energy modelers, sustainability consultants, accessibility consultants, etc.

Note: Job title for this position is Building Systems Analyst.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

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

Required industry knowledge, and skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.
  • 0 – 2 years of relevant and consecutive work experience
  • Prior experience with building HVAC systems. Examples of prior experience may include a past internship, school coursework, or a college/university project
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Programs (in order of importance 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, Montgomery County Benchmarking Law).

Personal qualities

  • Excellent communicator and presenter able to explain complex concepts to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, maturity, credibility, confidence, and integrity.
  • Strong time-management skills and experience managing multiple priorities at once.
  • Collaborative with strong focus on teamwork.
  • Excellent work ethic.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Passionate about optimizing MEP systems and improving the built environment.
  • Desire to love what you do.

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 or move objects up to 20 pounds; 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:

Occasional overnight travel may be required (Less than 10%). Frequent local field visits in the Office Metro area will be necessary (estimated at 40-50%). A valid and clean driving license is required.

Working Environment:

Approximately half 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.

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

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.

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be reviewed.