The Building Science Engineer (EIT) is primarily responsible for assistance with undertaking projects and tasks as part of providing building science recommendations and consultative engineering services to clients. The work will include building enclosure condition assessment and investigation work, design review, development of repair concepts and preparation of construction documents, field review and reporting.  You will report to and work with a variety of staff as part your project work. Over your first few years with RDH we will try to expose you to a variety of project work prior to helping you decide on a longer-term focus area.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Review architectural, structural and mechanical drawings to become familiar with the overall building design intent.
  • Review any other documentation, including maintenance records, targeted repair documents, and previous reports by other consultant/professionals.
  • Liaise with clients, other consultants, contractors, building officials and suppliers as required.
  • Conducting visual review of the building exterior and interior components, evaluating existing conditions and high-risk areas.
  • Liaising and coordinating with owners’ representatives for arrangements to access the common areas and suites, retrieve documents and interviews of knowledgeable personnel.
  • Reviewing drawings, such as architectural, structural, electrical, site service, and mechanical in order to identify original construction assemblies and details.
  • Creating, distributing, collecting, summarizing, and analyzing building surveys completed by building tenants/owners.
  • Conduct visual review of the building exterior and interior components, evaluating existing conditions.
  • Create exploratory openings within the building enclosure to allow for visual review of the underlying components for evidence of decay/deterioration and to evaluate moisture contents levels of wood or gypsum materials.
  • Conduct field tests of various building enclosure assemblies to identify source and causes of performance problems, and to develop solutions.
  • Create detail sketches to clearly identify intent for construction considering building science principals and design intent.
  • Create or review project specifications to identify requirements for building enclosure materials.
  • Attend regular site meeting with Owner(s), architects, contractors, developers, product manufactures, and any other relevant parties to discuss progress of the work
  • Review “mock-ups” of various details and assemblies within the scope of work. Use independent judgement on site to assess conditions and make recommendations for modifications to design.
  • Undertake field testing for air tightness and water penetration performance.
  • Undertake field testing of materials for compatibility and adhesion.
  • Prepare site visit reports documenting observations and field-testing results. Develop recommendations for all deficiency items, including field sketches. Prepare field sketches to provide additional detail/clarification for site issues.
  • Review manufacturer’s submittals and shop drawings for conformance with the project intent, performance requirements and specifications.
  • Create Site Instructions and/or Proposed Change Orders for site issues.
  • Research building materials when considering alternative/new materials requested by contractors. Make recommendations to senior staff for contractor alternate submittals.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil or structural engineering, building or architectural science, or mechanical engineering from an accredited university
  • 1 to 2 years previous related experience
  • Eligibility for EIT registration required

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:

  • Basic technical knowledge of building enclosure design and construction principles
  • Base level building science principles knowledge
  • Familiarity with drawings and specifications
  • Good written and verbal communication skills and presents in a professional manner
  • Intermediate Microsoft Word and Excel skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Good ability to communicate with clients, trades, employees, project managers, and management
  • Good ability to shift focus between changing priorities

ABOUT US:

RDH is an employee-owned consulting firm with 250+ employees in nine offices across North America. Our core area of business is the integration of building science engineering, architecture, and construction management to optimize the performance of the building enclosure (walls, windows and roofs). Since our beginnings in 1997, we have become industry leaders in North America and continue to grow as we focus on technical excellence and delivering high-quality projects.

We offer a positive, team-oriented workplace with opportunities for professional growth, development and ownership. As well as your background, we seek alignment with RDH’s core values: 1) commit to excellence, 2) act with integrity, 3) work as a team 4) do what it takes, and 5) always learn.

Additional information on our expertise, projects, and culture can be found at www.rdh.com

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit your resume and cover letter in one PDF to hr@rdh.com with the job title and location in the subject line.

No phone calls please. While we appreciate all responses, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. Please note that only those already entitled to work in Canada legally and permanently need apply.

 

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