Mechanical Engineer

Center for Energy and Environment
Organization Summary

The Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) is a nonprofit organization that works to promote energy efficiency to strengthen the economy while improving the environment. CEE conducts research and conducts programs and services so that: Businesses operate more efficiently and profitably; Government agencies and nonprofits spend less on facilities and functions; Utilities achieve their energy-efficiency goals at least-cost; and Households save money and improve comfort.

Data-driven and community-engaged, CEE’s staff are passionate to discover and deploy the most effective solutions for a healthy, low-carbon economy.

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Dependent upon qualifications and experience.


Primary working hours are within CEE’s business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ability to work beyond typical working hours as needed or required to meet deadlines or to investigate a building during off peak hours.

Primary Duties

The Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) seeks a full time Mechanical Engineer to work as part of a team to investigate and deliver energy savings recommendations to clients in a wide variety of buildings and to support other projects at CEE. Engineers at CEE focus their talents on all aspects of energy efficiency in large buildings from the time the building is new (new construction commissioning) to ongoing operations (continuous commissioning) and periodic energy tune ups (retro/recommissioning). Engineers are responsible for analysis of energy consumption from heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems from both a field measurement and design perspective.

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 as well as a profit sharing retirement plan.


CEE is seeking an engineer to join our team who can both lead engineering-based energy efficiency projects for CEE’s clients, and support internal and external projects that require measurement, analysis, and verification of energy use.
These projects range from single day studies to nine month long commissioning/recommissioning projects that produce reports on cost effective improvements.
Engineer must show an interest in, and have basic knowledge of all types of buildings (residential, commercial, and industrial).
Typical projects require review of client documents (plans and specifications), field measurement of performance parameters, deployment of data loggers to capture additional data, and financial analysis of recommendations.
CEE’s engineers assist other departments, especially research and new program development, with their experience-based recommendations and creative ideas.



A degree in Mechanical Engineering or a combined degree/equivalent work experience
Five years of work experience in energy engineering field or working as an engineer is preferred.
Detailed understanding of commercial Heating, Cooling and Ventilation systems.
If not already licensed Professional Engineer, the ability to achieve Professional Engineer status.
Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation to travel between office and working sites.


Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy, dependability, and a good work ethic are a must.
Desire to learn about emerging and cutting edge technologies in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to calculate energy reduction potential for recommendations measures.
Able to work independently and in a team setting.
Goal driven and results-orientated; able to balance deadlines and quality.
Proficient in the use personal computer software such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases and electronic mail.
Able to program using Visual Basic or similar language and willingness to further develop this skill.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to demonstrate the manual dexterity to operate a personal computer effectively.
Ability to view and operate a personal computer, either desktop or laptop, for extended periods of time creating, composing and reviewing documents and spreadsheets.
Ability to operate general office equipment, e.g., PC, printer, fax, telephone, etc.
Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
Ability to exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a minimal amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
Ability to occasionally carry tool bags needed for investigation work, bags can weigh up to 40 pounds (this occurs approximately less than 5%)

How to Apply

Email or fax cover letter and resume to Human Resources:

Mechanical Engineer Position

Center for Energy and Environment

212 3rd Avenue North, Suite #560

Minneapolis, MN 55401

FAX 612-335-3481


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