The Building Science Engineer (EIT) role is an entry-level position primarily responsible for assisting senior project managers with project coordination, and providing building science recommendations and consultative engineering services to clients on both new construction and existing building projects. The engineer will conduct building enclosure condition assessment field surveys, design review, field review and reporting, and make recommendations to senior technical staff and project managers.
Work requires frequent interpretation of data, goals, and objectives and discussion of problems with various individuals or groups to resolve problematic situations.
The work for this role will include a combination of construction site field review, and office work related to documentation and review of design documentation. This position naturally leads to Professional Engineering licensure and a Project Manager role as experience and responsibilities are increased over time.
- Bachelor’s degree in engineering. Preference for majors in architectural, mechanical, civil or similar.
- Strong communication skills: written, verbal, and sketching.
- Some previous construction or project management experience is an asset but not a requirement.
- Eligibility for EIT licensure preferred.
Building Enclosure Condition Assessment
- Review architectural, structural and mechanical drawings to determine original construction detailing and identify area of risk for water penetration, air leakage, and/or condensation.
- Review any other documentation, including maintenance records, targeted repair documents, and previous reports by other consultant/professionals.
- Prepare a written report, fully documenting the current condition, evaluating the future risk and providing recommendations for renewals, rehabilitation, and/or maintenance.
- Provide order of magnitude budget costs which require quantity take-offs and unit rate development.
- Prepare and participate in presentations of the assessment findings to Ownership groups.
- Conduct visual review of the building exterior and interior components, re-evaluating existing conditions and high-risk areas. Exterior review is typically conducted from ladders, swing stages, etc.
- Coordinate creation of 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 the wood or gypsum materials.
- Use independent judgment, conduct field tests of various building enclosure assemblies, including windows, walls, and skylights, identify problems, and develop testing solutions. Use independent judgement during testing to identify problems and develop testing solutions.
Building Enclosure Consulting (New Construction or Rehabilitation)
- Along with senior staff, participate in design meetings with owners, developers, architects, and other consultants. Provide design recommendations and design review of building enclosure assemblies and details. Conduct drawing, detail and specification reviews.
- 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 and make recommendations for modifications to design.
- Prepare site visit reports documenting observations and field-testing results. Provide recommendations for all deficiency items, including field sketches, where required.
- Review contractor’s shop drawings for conformance with the project intent, performance with respect to the various building science principles, and for any scheduling of work issues.
- Create Site Instructions and/or Proposed Change Orders for items not included in the original contract
- Research building materials when considering alternative/new materials requested by contractors or materials considered for specific, non-typical conditions. Use independent judgement in the evaluation of materials, and make recommendations to senior staff for contractor alternate submittals.
- Use independent judgement in assisting senior staff in development of recommendations to clients, both in new construction, and in existing build consultation. Work independently and in group settings.
- Act as a liaison with clients in order to foster strong client relationships.
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
- Strong initiative and ability to manage time and projects independently
- Ability to think independently and develop defensible conclusions
- Knowledge and application of engineering theory
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a professional public demeanor.
- Excellent attention to detail
- Good ability to shift focus between changing priorities
RDH is an employee-owned consulting firm with 200+ 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.
HOW TO APPLY:
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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 the USA legally and permanently need apply.