Energy Program Technician

University of Oregon
Campus Planning & Facilities Management - Utilities & Energy

Department Summary
Campus Planning and Facilities Management (CPFM) is a vibrant department, which comprises five units, and approximately 270 employees: Facilities Services, Utilities & Energy, Campus Planning, Office of Sustainability, and Design & Construction. The units of CPFM strive to provide excellent customer service to the University of Oregon campus and operate with the highest professional standards, communicating and collaborating with customers to support the stewardship of the campus.

Utilities and Energy (U&E) provides Steam, Chilled Water, Electricity, and other district energy services for the University of Oregon. The Utilities and Energy Department is comprised of specialized and diverse staff including Electrical technicians, Co-Generation Engineers, Maintenance technicians, and administrative staff. The Utilities and Energy staff work 24 hours a day to ensure safe, reliable, and energy efficient utilities are delivered to the University of Oregon. The department is responsible for all aspects of operations, maintenance, and repairs of the campus utility systems including a 10MW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant, 6.5MW emergency power generation, production and distribution of campus heating steam using two industrial natural gas fired boilers, production and distribution of electrical power, 7,500 ton chilled water plant and distribution system, compressed air, and other services to more than 80 buildings and over 4 miles of distribution tunnels. The department works closely with other campus departments from across different business units to ensure effective operations, avoid unsafe conditions, and mitigate service interruptions in all utility functions.

Position Summary
The purpose of the Energy Program Technician is to provide technical, administrative, operational and resource accounting support to the UO CPFM enterprise Energy Management Program under direction of the Energy Manager.

Responsibilities include assisting the Energy Manager in the design, planning, deployment and operation of the UO enterprise Energy Management Program and its elements. This position will collaborate with campus partners to establish an enterprise approach to energy management. This will require monitoring relevant government regulations, including compliance and reporting requirements. The Energy Program Technician will monitor utility rate developments and rate-making processes as well as relevant local, state and federal regulations. The position will engage in financial accounting for resource procurement and use, track energy market trends, conduct research and analysis of relevant topics and issues as needed, and report findings of research and analysis to internal and external customers.
The Energy Program Technician will provide technical expertise, information and guidance for development and operation of utility metering, data warehousing and database reporting systems. The position will track and report metered utility use, read utility meters and enter data into spreadsheets and databases. This includes assisting in development and maintenance of effective Campus Standards for utility metering as well as utility consuming equipment and systems.

This role will also develop and apply utility performance monitoring and verification tools to identify efficiency improvement opportunities, develop efficiency opportunities for potential implementation, support energy efficiency projects and ongoing efficiency programs. This position will also advise campus partners on energy performance issues and strategies for optimizing utility use.

Interactions/contacts occur daily with the campus community in the course of performing work, acquiring data, delivering information and responding to emergencies. Weekly outreach to external entities and partners. Coordinating project development and implementation with design and construction entities.

Position works as a member of a team while frequently performing tasks independently. Decisions may be made about the best method and materials necessary to perform a particular task. They may also include setting priorities, assessing customer needs and responding accordingly.

Work is reviewed regularly by the Energy Manager to ensure it is performed efficiently, safely, and meets both expectations of internal and external customers and applicable requirements. A performance appraisal is conducted annually.

It is an essential requirement of this position to qualify for and maintain UO driver's certification eligibility, which includes maintaining an Oregon driver’s license throughout employment in this position.

This unit may provide essential services during times of emergencies and inclement weather. This position may be required to fulfill essential services and functions during these times.

Minimum Requirements
• Three years of experience administering or coordinating parts or subsets of a project or program.
• A Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Management, Public Administration, or field directly related to the position will substitute for two years of the required experience.

Professional Competencies
• Technical understanding of principles of operation of utilities and building thermal systems and equipment. Knowledge of instrumentation and control systems related to utility and building operations and performance metrics.
• Ability to work with and report on large volumes of technical data.
• Perform duties in a way that advances and supports the mission of the department and university.
• The ability to communicate complex information in a form and format accessible to customers and other consumers of information you produce.
• Work effectively in a diverse team environment and create effective relationship for problem solving and positive interactions.
• Promote culture of collaborative work-groups.
• Take initiative, looking for what needs to be done and doing it.
• Pay close attention to detail.
• Maintain a safe and safety-conscious workplace.
• Maintain a respectful workplace and model a positive and proactive attitude.
• Maintain the highest ethical standards.
• Provide excellent customer service.

Preferred Qualifications
• Completion of an energy management certification program (CEM) with Association of Energy Engineers.
• Associate Degree in Energy Management from an accredited program.
• One year of project, program or energy management experience that included utility metering and monitoring.
• Experience presenting technical data in graphical format for both technical and non-technical users.
• Experience determining financial performance of energy opportunities and projects (Payback, NPV, ROI, Life Cycle Cost).
• Experience conducting utility and building level energy assessments.
• Technical experience supporting retro-commissioning projects.
• Experience developing recommendations for projects that reduce utility costs.
• Experience using building automation, energy control, or SCADA systems.
• Experience conducting efficiency studies of central plant and utility level steam, chilled water, electrical systems.