Building Science Trainer

Center for Energy and Environment
Organization Summary


Center for Energy and Environment is a community-based clean energy nonprofit with offices in the North Loop of Minneapolis and St. Paul's Midway. We provide practical energy solutions for homes, businesses, and communities to cut energy waste and harmful emissions. We collaborate regularly with field peers and partners and employ curious people who enjoy learning and contributing to Minnesota's quality of life and economy. Our workplace invites open door communications, respect for diverse backgrounds and points of view, and an emphasis on work-life balance.

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  • Depending upon qualifications and experience, we expect the hiring range will be $26-28 per hour.
Primary Duties

Building Science Trainer

The Building Science Trainer will provide instruction for CEE’s Workforce Development trainees. CEE is seeking an individual with expertise in residential energy audits and building science who has shown success in training groups with little to no experience in the energy efficiency sector. This is a new position at CEE and is an opportunity for a skilled Auditor or Energy Efficiency professional to train individuals that are new to the sector.

The Building Science Trainer must have the ability to train, teach, and coach participants enrolled in the Workforce program per Xcel and other funders’ requirements.  This is a full- time position that provides a wide range of benefits including Paid Time Off (PTO), medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance and a retirement plan.


  • Deliver high-quality training programming that results in job placements and long-term energy efficiency careers for participants.
  • Provide clear instruction for trainees enrolled in the Workforce Development Program in pursuing and advancing careers in the energy efficiency sector.
  • Collaborate with Workforce Training Manager and other consultants as needed, to provide technical subject matter content expertise to enhance program and align with BPI standards.
  • Assist the Workforce Training Manager and Workforce Program Manager in identifying ways to address disparities and inequities in the energy efficiency workforce.

Training Instruction (approximately 80%)

  • Perform all tasks required for successful training facilitation including set up, take down, and preparing equipment to be used by Workforce Trainees in an introductory five-week workforce training.
    • Instruct trainees on the proper use of diagnostic equipment and tools used in energy audits
    • Instruct trainees on the proper use of equipment and tools used in insulation and air sealing work such as an insulation blower, caulk gun, foam gun, and calibration tools.
    • Coach trainees through the proper use of PPE and proper safety protocols on a jobsite.
    • Deliver instruction in a way that enhances trainees’ learning experience using a variety of methods through PowerPoint, videos, industry-expert guest speakers, prop demonstrations, and hands-on practice.
    • Assess trainee knowledge through a variety of informal and formal assessments using a variety of methods based on trainees’ learning styles.
  • Collaborate with Workforce Training Manager to inform curriculum development and continuously assess curriculum modules, objectives, and tasks that need to be refined or altered.
    • Track and monitor trainees’ progress including attendance, program retention and graduation rates, including the number that continue on to adjacent training or apprenticeship paths.
    • Ensure participant understanding and education needs are being met.
    • Act as training mentor and perform check ins with trainees during internship phase.

Training Coordination (approximately 20%)

  • Assist the Workforce Training Manager in identifying and engaging potential trainers inside and outside of CEE by networking with experienced workers, employers, and vocational educators.
  • Identify equipment (i.e. insulation rig, door blower, etc.) needed for the Workforce Development program to run effectively and report to the Workforce Training Manager.
  • Support the Workforce Training Manager in troubleshooting and addressing any logistical issues that arise during the duration of the training.
  • Report trainee progress to Workforce Training Manager and assist Workforce Program Coordinator, in collaboration with community-based partners, in addressing any barriers trainees face in successfully attending and completing the training program.
  • Attend meetings with the Workforce Development team as scheduled.
  • Seek out additional training in instruction and coaching techniques. Attend applicable training on an annual basis.
  • Assist with proctor certification tests, both written and field, as needed
  • Coordinate routine maintenance on equipment as needed. Order and maintain supplies needed for trainings.

Qualifications / Job Requirements

  • 3+ years in the residential energy efficiency field with at least 2 years of experience training groups and individuals
  • Hold (or be able to quickly obtain) BPI Building Analyst or other BPI certification (i.e. Quality Control Inspector, Air Leakage Control Installer, etc.)
  • Ability to perform all functions of a trainer
  • Demonstrate patience and responsiveness to Workforce Trainees
  • Effective culturally competent communication skills (in person, on the phone, and in writing)
  • Proven ability to organize and prioritize work tasks
  • Ability to pass DOT physical exam
  • Ability to work effectively independently and on a team
  • Working knowledge of and proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Ability to portray CEE in a positive light with potential partners which includes community-based organizations, employers, and training institutions
  • Possess and maintain a valid drivers’ license and good driving record
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds

Preferred Qualifications

  • Possess BPI proctor certification (or ability to quickly obtain)
  • 3+ years of experience in training groups and individuals new to the sector and knowledgeable of instructional best practices
  • Experience working with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) populations and/or those who have historically experienced economic or material poverty
  • Ability to speak and communicate effectively in language(s) in addition to English including Somali, Oromo, Amharic, Spanish, Karen, Karenni, or Hmong
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