Mechanical Engineer - Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Seeking experienced Mechanical Engineer in Menlo Park, CA, US for energy efficiency & sustainability role. Perform energy engineering studies, advocate for cost-effective initiatives, collaborate with engineers, and track utility data.

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Menlo Park, CA, United States  UTC-08:00   Hybrid   Full Time   1001-5000   USD 108k–131k   2 months ago

SLAC’s Facilities and Operations Division manages one of the world’s premier science facilities on Stanford site with 150+ structures for the Department of Energy (DOE). Our Sustainability & Energy Management group is seeking a Mechanical Engineer experienced in energy efficiency & sustainability to join our group. In this role you will be performing energy engineering studies, including energy and water audits, feasibility studies for cost effective GHG reduction, building benchmarking and retro-commissioning analysis.

You will gain knowledge on Department of Energy sustainability goals and directives and advocate for cost-effective initiatives across multiple disciplines at SLAC. Our group teams closely with engineers and project managers supporting both the high-energy scientific and conventional facilities.

Your specific responsibilities include

  • Utilize guidance from the DOE Sustainability Program Office to formulate recommendations advocating for cost-effective sustainability and GHG reduction initiatives for SLAC.
  • Collaborate closely to provide sustainability and energy efficiency expertise with engineers in mechanical, instrumentation, HVAC, operations and Office of Project management.
  • Perform energy engineering responsibilities and act as the deputy site energy manager.
  • Perform energy/water audits, calculations and reports in conformance with ASHRAE Level I & II standards and re-commissioning where applicable.
  • Study lighting and HVAC Building Automation System (BAS) for multiple campus facilities to confirm adherence with ASHRAE energy efficiency, ventilation/thermal control standards, and CA Title 24 energy code.
  • Track data regularly on various utility metering platforms and update budget forecasts.
  • Plan, research, formulate, and prepare project analyses in area of expertise.
  • Provide assessment, design, and technical recommendations; may include leading project development and implementation.
  • Prepare, review, and analyze projects' technical plans and specifications for sound design, conformance with design guidelines and other related criteria, and pertinent codes or standards.
  • Other duties may also be assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree Mechanical Engineering, or other related relevant engineering discipline. Minimum five years of directly related experience.
  • Proficiency with analyzing energy consuming systems in buildings and facilities and energy/water audits/re-commissioning and creating energy conservation measures with life-cycle cost analysis.
  • Technical familiarity with sustainability metrics and reporting including GHG, carbon-free-emissions, renewable energy credits, energy-use-intensity, LEED credits, etc.
  • Technical familiarity with campus mechanical infrastructural systems including, energy/water metering and analytics, natural gas heating systems, cooling towers, process cooling water systems, HVAC, etc.
  • Demonstrated skills in planning/ /implementing/managing on-site upgrade projects.
  • Familiarity with a scientific research facility or a campus environment.
  • Experience participating actively in technical and cross-functional teams.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to cultivate strong and collaborative relationships inside and outside the organization.
  • Knowledge of scheduling, project management, and financial budgeting software tools
  • Proficiency with standard desktop applications for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations.

Preferred Requirements

  • Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification
  • Advanced degree in engineering, or related discipline

SLAC Employee Competencies

  • Effective Decisions: Uses job knowledge and solid judgment to make quality decisions in a timely manner.
  • Self-Development: Pursues a variety of venues and opportunities to continue learning and developing.
  • Dependability: Can be counted on to deliver results with a sense of personal responsibility for expected outcomes.
  • Initiative: Pursues work and interactions proactively with optimism, positive energy, and motivation to move things forward.
  • Adaptability: Flexes as needed when change occurs, maintains an open outlook while adjusting and accommodating changes.
  • Communication: Ensures effective information flow to various audiences and creates and delivers clear, appropriate written, spoken, presented messages.
  • Relationships: Builds relationships to foster trust, collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve common goals.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

  • Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Given the nature of this position, this is an on-site position, with hybrid work options.

Work Standards

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for environment, safety and security; communicates related concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned. Meets the applicable roles and responsibilities as described in the ESH Manual, Chapter 1—General Policy and Responsibilities:
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

The expected pay range for this position is $108,000 to $131,000 per annum. SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory/Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.

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About the role

Mar 29, 2024

Full Time


Sep 27, 2024


USD 108k–131k

Menlo Park, CA, United States

5+ years


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