Associate Engineer

Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)
Organization Summary

The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is an outreach and assistance program at the University of Minnesota that helps Minnesota businesses develop and implement industry tailored solutions that prevent pollution at the source, maximize efficient use of resources, and reduce energy use and cost

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Location in MN
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Hourly rate: $21.64 - $25.00 ($45,000 - $52,000 annually)

Primary Duties

Essential Functions:

Provide Technical Assistance (pollution prevention, water conservation and energy efficiency) (60%)

  • Provide complete, accurate and easily understood information about source reduction, energy and water conservation to facilities through trainings, phone calls/emails, site visits and intern projects 
  • Assist in generating specific recommendations for operational and environmental improvements for clients with supporting engineering and cost justification summarized in site specific reports using established program protocols
  • Develop working knowledge of relevant technologies and regulations as well as internal/external programs and their activities 
  • Maintain and update technical resources for the MnTAP website  
  • Collaborate with industry partners on intern projects to assist clients in meeting their goals
  • Mentor students and supervise student research projects in areas of expertise
  • Partner on grant funded efficiency and/or sustainability projects.

Track Projects and Follow-Up with Clients (20%)

  • Assist in supporting client efforts to implement recommended operational changes through timely follow up actions, additional assistance activities and connection to additional available resources.
  • Measure and document environmental and cost savings impacts from technical recommendations from assistance activities and implemented results.
  • Use client database to input information, document activities and results, monitor client relationships and document follow-up to determine service effectiveness.

Develop and Maintain Internal and External Contacts and Coordination (20%)

  • Coordinate with MPCA and other project partners to identify opportunities to collaborate, promote and expand MnTAP services and program offerings.
  • Engage with relevant trade and professional or business association(s) to share MnTAP information with other members and support business sectors through targeted projects.
  • Provide internal support for initiatives including developing web-based resources, collaborating on projects and connecting resources to improve overall program effectiveness.
  • Participate and contribute to MnTAP team meetings, all-staff meetings and committee and/or workgroups for information sharing, idea generation and team building.


All required qualifications must be included in the application materials


  • BA/BS or a combination of related education and work experience to equal 4 years
  • Experience with typical engineering calculations (mass balance, energy consumption, economic analysis)
  • Demonstrated skills in oral and written communication
  • Comfortable with client outreach activities including calls and meetings
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Ability to travel independently throughout the State of Minnesota on a regular basis  


  • BS degree in an engineering discipline
  • Some industrial experience such as an internship or co-op
  • Understand the concepts of process mapping and pollution prevention 
  • Understand challenges faced by communities with environmental justice concerns
  • Demonstrated project management skills

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