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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory HVAC Test & Evaluation Research Engineer II in Richland, Washington


The Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division of PNNL is accelerating the transition to a decarbonized, efficient, resilient, and secure energy system through basic and applied research. We leverage a strong technical foundation in power and energy systems and in advanced data analytics to drive innovation, transform markets, and shape energy policy.

PNNL's Building Systems Group is seeking an individual who will provide technical contributions to a fast-growing team of energy efficiency engineers, scientists, analysts and other technical professionals developing innovative methods to achieve greater energy efficiency in the Nation’s new and existing homes, commercial buildings, and appliances.

This individual will provide technical support to PNNL’s efforts to promote the development, adoption, and implementation of progressive energy efficiency technologies, best practices, protocols, and codes\standards that are designed for clear and consistent interpretation and implementation. The individual will also provide support to PNNL’s on-going test and measurement program for HVAC units in our environmental test chambers. Potential candidates with an interest in residential/commercial buildings energy efficiency, construction, energy codes, renovation, building enclosures, heating and cooling, ventilation, indoor air quality, water heating, control technologies, load shapes, and grid interactions are encouraged to apply.


The individual will work with and provide technical contributions to project teams that conduct research in support of residential/commercial buildings technologies with an emphasis on HVAC equipment and building efficiency. The primary client is the U.S. Department of Energy offices, and secondary clients include other agencies, state government, utilities, regional energy efficiency organizations, and private organizations.

This position offers the opportunity for a broad range of involvement in activities including researching and developing efficiency and electricity infrastructure related experiments and technologies. The positions also identifies and helps develop new and improved tools, technologies, and resources for addressing energy efficiency and electricity infrastructure needs; and designing workshops, case studies, programs\training that support the application and use of energy efficiency technologies and best practices.

In this role, the key responsibilities of the successful candidate are the following:

  • Individual will have the growing ability to apply advanced energy principles, theories and concepts in the fields of efficiency, electricity infrastructure technology and policy, building science, including building energy use, management, and analysis. Individual should be able to demonstrate training and experience in building science with application to residential and/or commercial buildings.

  • Grow into serving as a subject matter expert for the environmental chambers and associated systems, responsible for test system setup and modification in accordance with project standards, overall design modifications, system diagnostics, system operation/oversight, system performance testing and evaluation, acceptance testing, condition assessment surveys, work and maintenance planning outage planning, and other facility operation management.

  • Capability to review, estimate, and procure project costs including equipment, installation, labor, materials, preparation, operation, and other related life cycle costs. Inspects or directs the inspection of construction and project progress to ensure conformance to established drawings, specifications, and schedules. Works with other service departments to coordinate work.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA and 2 years of relevant experience -OR-

  • MS/MA -OR-

  • PhD

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering and at least 3 years’ experience; or equivalent education/experience related to: energy efficiency, building energy efficiency and related codes and standards; building science; building instrumentation and field studies; appliance codes and standards, financial and energy efficiency data gathering, analysis, and presentation; utilities planning/oversight, and extensive knowledge of best practices in energy efficient construction and renovation, architecture, electricity infrastructure technologies and policies.

  • Test and measurement experience with mechanical/HVAC equipment (other buildings related technologies) and operation of environmental test chambers or other facility operation experience.

  • Strong analysis skills, experience with energy code or energy analysis approaches and software packages, and/or experience with programs that develop and promote technologies and best practices for energy efficiency are desired.

  • Experience in the energy efficiency and or electricity infrastructure industry and possesses a recognized reputation working for or with energy efficiency, utilities, architecture/engineering firms, code enforcement offices, state/local government, regional energy efficiency organizations, research organizations, universities, or others who operate in the residential construction and renovation industries.

  • Growing technical expertise in building energy systems and/or appliance energy efficiency, codes and standards and/or energy efficiency science.

  • Mechanical or Electrical Engineering experience with facilities/building engineering experience.

  • Knowledge with the use of the following software: LabVIEW, AutoCAD, JCI Metasys, Tridium Niagara.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not applicable.

Additional Information

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

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

Testing Designated Position

This is not a Testing Designated Position (TDP).

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 .

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.

If you are offered employment at PNNL, you must pass a drug test prior to commencing employment. PNNL complies with federal law regarding illegal drug use. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug. If you test positive for any illegal controlled substance, including marijuana, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.

HSPD-12 PIV Credential Requirement

In accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) and Department of Energy (DOE) Order 473.1A, new employees are required to obtain and maintain a HSPD-12 Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credential. To obtain this credential, new employees must successfully complete and pass a Federal Tier 1 background check investigation. This investigation includes a declaration of illegal drug activities, including use, supply, possession, or manufacture within the last year. This includes marijuana and cannabis derivatives, which are still considered illegal under federal law, regardless of state laws.

Mandatory Requirements

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries, you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

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Notice to Applicants

PNNL lists the full pay range for the position in the job posting. Starting pay is calculated from the minimum of the pay range and actual placement in the range is determined based on an individual’s relevant job-related skills, qualifications, and experience. This approach is applicable to all positions, with the exception of positions governed by collective bargaining agreements and certain limited-term positions which have specific pay rules.

As part of our commitment to fair compensation practices, we do not ask for or consider current or past salaries in making compensation offers at hire. Instead, our compensation offers are determined by the specific requirements of the position, prevailing market trends, applicable collective bargaining agreements, pay equity for the position type, and individual qualifications and skills relevant to the performance of the position.

Minimum Salary

USD $85,700.00/Yr.

Maximum Salary

USD $125,900.00/Yr.