The Building Science Technologist is a key junior member of the teams that provide a wide variety of engineering and management services such as:
- Building enclosure condition assessments
- Depreciation reports
- Rehabilitation & new construction design, field reviews, and field testing
- Energy efficiency, carbon reduction consulting and research
Working in the Courtenay office will necessitate working on a range of projects and tasks, as well as working collaboratively with other offices at RDH. As an ideal candidate, you thrive in an active, team-oriented environment, have a passion for making buildings better, and have a strong desire to learn. You will be supported and guided by senior technical staff and project managers.
As the RDH Courtenay is a smaller office, all staff are expected to pitch in and complete a wide variety of duties, including some administrative ones. The following are some examples of the types of tasks that will be performed by the Building Science Technologist. Actual tasks will vary depending on our project workload at any given time.
- Conducting visual review of the building exterior and interior components, evaluating existing conditions and high-risk areas. Exterior review is typically conducted from ground, roofs, and ladders.
- 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.
- Performing quantity take-offs.
- Reviewing operational data and costs provided by the client.
- Entering field data into custom software.
- Working with Project Managers, contribute to developing maintenance and renewals plans.
- Working with Project Managers, contribute to developing depreciation reports, based on asset service lives and replacement costs.
Building Enclosure Condition Assessments:
- Reviewing architectural, structural and mechanical drawings to determine original construction detailing and identify area of risk for water penetration, air leakage, and/or condensation.
- Conducting visual review of the building exterior and interior components, re- evaluating existing conditions and high-risk areas.
- Creating 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.
- Field testing of various building enclosure assemblies, including windows, walls, skylights, and roofing.
- Preparing a written report, fully documenting the current condition, evaluating the future risk and providing recommendations for renewals, rehabilitation, and/or maintenance.
- Preparing a presentation of the assessment for Owners.
Rehabilitation & New Construction Projects:
- Assist with reviewing and creating detail drawings, with particular focus on their performance with respect to water, vapor, and air.
- Contribute to project specifications to identify various issues, including acceptable products and materials, delivery to site, site storage of material, quality assurance of work, installation procedures, protection of finished work, etc.
- Attend regular site meetings 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 (e.g. window installation, metal flashing transitions, stucco application procedure, etc.)
- Prepare site visit reports documenting observations and field-testing results.
- Recommendations are provided for all deficiency items, including field sketches.
- Field sketches may be used to provide additional detail/clarification for site issues not fully covered within the contract documents.
- Research building materials when considering alternative/new materials requested by contractors or materials considered for specific, non-typical conditions.
- Acquire information necessary for the preparation of proposals for new projects
- Enter project related information into the company database
- Draft proposals for review by project managers
- Issue completed proposals
Office Support Relating to Projects:
- Word processing
- Electronic filling
- Report printing and binding
- Arranging for couriers
- Technical field equipment maintenance
- Diploma in Engineering Technology, Architectural Building Engineering Technology, Construction Engineering Technology; or equivalent practical experience (1-2 years)
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
- Some technical knowledge of building enclosure design and construction principles
- Intermediate Microsoft Word and Excel skills
- Graphic design skills including proficiency with various software tools including familiarity with or willingness to learn AutoCAD, Rhino, Adobe Suite, SketchUp, and Revit
- Able to conceptualize details in three dimensions
- Intermediate report writing and proofreading skills
- Good ability to communicate with clients, trades, employees, project managers, and management
- Good ability to shift focus between changing priorities
- Strong desire to learn within the field of building science
- Driver’s license in good standing
- Car to travel to projects around the northern portion of Vancouver Island
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.