The Building Science Engineer-in-Training (EIT) role requires technical knowledge in building science, building enclosure design, and building enclosure construction principles.  The role will primarily involve:

  • Design review and field review for new building projects.
  • Investigation, design, construction document preparation and field review for a range of projects related to existing buildings

The role will vary from providing support to more senior staff, to being the day-to-day contact on projects.  Your role will include being responsible for reviewing the implementation of the work on site as well as assisting with the development and review of design and construction documentation.  This work will focus on assessing and determining solutions to assist our clients in ensuring excellent building enclosure performance on a variety of building types.

The work for this role will include a combination of construction site field review, and office work related to review of building documentation.  This position naturally leads to Professional Engineering licensure and a Project Manager role as experience and responsibilities are increased over time.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Building Enclosure Consulting (New Construction or Existing Building 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.
  • Perform site visits for new construction and existing building projects to review building enclosure construction progress relative to the project contract documents.
  • Prepare site visit reports documenting observations and field-testing results. Provide recommendations for all deficiency items, including field sketches, where required.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Review or create 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.

Existing Building Enclosure Investigation:

  • 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.
  • Coordinate and undertake on site investigation of existing problems. 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.
  • Provide order of magnitude budget costs which require quantity take-offs and unit rate development.
  • Prepare written reports, fully documenting the current condition, evaluating the future risk and providing recommendations for renewals, rehabilitation, and/or maintenance.
  • Direct preparation of construction document packages for a range of renewals and rehabilitation projects.
  • Coordinate building and development permit applications.
  • Coordinate and undertake field review and/or contract administration activities.

General Responsibilities

  • Write reports; prepare and deliver presentations to internal RDH teams and external project teams
  • Assist to ensure delivery of services and products to meet RDH quality standards including following RDH internal processes and technical standards/checklists
  • Assist with the development and delivery of in-house and eventually client education and training programs

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor of Engineering or Applied Science required
  • Experience in building science consulting, including co-operative education positions with building science consulting or construction firms is an asset
  • Field experience addressing site conditions and working with construction process in an asset
  • Eligibility to enroll in an EIT program is required

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:

  • Beginning technical knowledge of building enclosure design and construction principles
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships with clients, coworkers, and consultants
  • Ability to gather and diagnose information, interpret data, and drawings and assess conditions of multiple components
  • Analytical problem-solving skills and strong investigative aptitude, including ability to troubleshoot and diagnose building performance issues
  • Excellent ability to communicate technical information to clients, trades, employees, and project managers while instilling confidence
  • Excellent ability to shift focus between changing priorities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong work ethic, eager to assume responsibility and do what it takes to have successful project outcomes for RDH and our clients

ABOUT US:

RDH is an amazing place to work. A role with RDH is a career commitment to learn and grow alongside inspiring and dedicated people who care deeply about making buildings better.

We are an employee-owned consulting firm with 300 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 workplace with incredible teams, 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.

Our collaborative teams fuel our mission of Making Buildings Better. We seek diversity in our teams and embrace inclusivity. We are committed to equity through building teams based on qualifications, merit, and business needs. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in our employment practices.

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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