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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Project Engineer – Defense in Portland, Oregon


The Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division (EIBD) is one of PNNL’s most innovative teams, working at the forefront of some of America’s toughest energy challenges, employing multi-disciplinary teams to solve national-scale problems. Within EIBD, the Economics, Policy and Institutional Support Group is made up of staff engaged in institutional change for federal operations, policy formulation and impact analysis, economic analysis and valuation methodologies, and technology adoption.

We are looking for mid-level Project Engineer with strong project development skills, deep knowledge of federal project financing options, a collaborative approach to problem solving, and a desire to tackle national challenges around building efficiency and decarbonization. The selected candidate will support senior leadership at PNNL and work with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) partners.


The selected candidate will contribute to a number of high impact activities such as:

  • Advise agencies on policy and best practices in ESPC and UESC program development and execution.

  • Provide project support to federal agencies to convey performance contracting options and initiate comprehensive projects to meet energy and environmental goals

  • Review measurement and verification (M&V) reports and identify potential issues.

  • Provide engineering support throughout development, construction, commissioning, and performance phases.

  • Assess feasibility of solar PV, energy storage, and microgrid projects by reviewing conceptual designs and project assumptions.

  • Review of energy models, demand and energy savings, project pricing, key assumptions, life cycle cost analysis, and financial pro forma.

  • Provide RFI support during development and construction to ensure projects meet DoD requirements and comply with all applicable industry codes and standards and UFC requirements.

  • Conduct executive briefings to senior officials and decision makers.

The successful candidate will be accountable to:

  • Project Managers for performing assigned roles, following applicable project and field procedures, and performance of assigned tasks on time and within budget;

  • The Economics, Policy & Institutional Support Group Leader, and Federal Technical Support Team Leader, for general staff performance and development and operational discipline (e.g., maintaining training qualifications, procedural compliance, safe operations).

Candidates are expected to demonstrate capability to perform the following functions as a level 3 engineer:

  • Building specialization in at least one science or engineering domain.

  • Selects and develops technical approaches to complex problems with occasional oversight.

  • Serves as principal investigator or co-PI on projects or tasks, integrating work of team members.

  • Supports scoping, scheduling, and budgeting for major tasks.

  • Established role in professional communities.

  • Leads development of technical products.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA with 5 years of experience

  • MS/MA with 3 years of experience

  • PhD with 1 year of experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Candidates are encouraged to apply if they meet several of the preferred qualifications below, but do not need to meet all.

  • Graduate degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Business Administration

  • Professional registration or progress towards a PE, CEM, LEED AP, or CMVP

  • Technical experience specific to the job:

  • Experience in planning, funding, and execution of federal third-party projects (e.g. ESPCs, UESCs, PPAs)

  • Demonstrated understanding of building HVAC, control, lighting, plumbing, electrical, and renewable energy systems.

  • Familiarity with building simulation and related software.

  • Experience with building commissioning process

  • Experience working in utility environment, utility interconnection, demand response, etc.

  • Knowledge of measurement and verification (M&V) procedures

  • Communication skills required for the job:

  • Experience in leading the publication of technical reports and development of project requirements.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • A collaborative approach to problem-solving and the ability to work well with inter-disciplinary and geographically distributed teams

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with personnel in diverse job functions, expertise, and levels of responsibility, including directors, technical advisors, and field personnel

  • Willingness to travel domestically to U.S. military installations as required by the project.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

The candidate would be located in one of PNNL’s campus locations in Washington DC, Richland, WA (main campus); Seattle, WA; or Portland, OR. A virtual work arrangement will be considered.

Additional Information

Due to business needs and client space, US Citizenship is required:

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is subject to the Department of Energy Unclassified Foreign Visits & Assignment Program site, information, technologies, and equipment access requirements.

Testing Designated Position

Not Applicable

About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at careers@pnnl.gov.

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.