GTI Energy

Sr. Engineer - Building Energy Efficiency - Des Plaines

Des Plaines, IL
GTI Energy develops innovative solutions that transform lives, economies, and the environment Sin

Job Description

Sr. Engineer - Building Energy Efficiency

Posted: Saturday, 12/30/2023

General Summary

GTI Energy, the nation’s leading research, development, and training organization serving energy markets, has an opportunity for a Senior Engineer within its Research and Engineering Group in Des Plaines, IL. The qualified candidate will perform R&D functions in collaboration with senior staff in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), energy-efficient, grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs), microgrids, energy storage, heat pumps, and renewable energy generation focus areas. Additional focus areas include hybrid (dual-fuel) equipment for residential and commercial use, development and evaluation of electric heat pumps, water heating, industrial processes, and low-carbon fuel research. The work will involve interacting and collaborating with utilities, private industries, government agencies, universities, and national and international laboratories. The candidate for this position is expected to lead and develop multiple projects and establish and expand competency areas.

Why GTI Energy?

GTI Energy offers generous benefits, competitive salaries, career advancement, and the opportunity to work in a professional R&D environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

We are proud of what we do because our work matters. GTI Energy is working toward solving global energy challenges in transitioning to a low-carbon economy. We have a proven track record in producing innovative ideas and commercializing solutions to deliver clean and reliable energy. At GTI Energy, we deliver innovative technology solutions for safe, efficient, and responsible energy.

So, what does that mean for you? You will work in a positive and respectful work culture that fosters growth, collaboration, and opportunity. You will be supported by competitive compensation, incentives, and benefits, while enjoying purposeful work that drives improvement of delivering clean energy to the world.

Work Location

The position will be based in the Chicagoland area at the GTI Energy Headquarters. We offer a hybrid/core work week, where employees are remote Mondays and Fridays, and required to be on-site Tuesday through Thursday.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Provide expertise in expertise in electrification – energy storage (thermal and electric), electric heat pumps, and GEBs.
  • Perform low-carbon fuel research in laboratory and field projects.
  • Develop system-level modeling capabilities in electric heat pumps and GEBs.
  • Perform advanced data analysis with commercially available tools such as spreadsheets or Python.
  • Prepare technical project documents, test results reports, and research publications to fulfill project obligations.
  • Travel to participate in field site visits, pilot implementations, and industry events.
  • Manage analytical and experimental projects, including budgets, schedules, and deliverables, and manage and direct internal and external staff, vendors, contractors, and consultants.
  • Support and lead proposal efforts to secure new research, development, and demonstration contract research.
  • Perform advanced data analysis with commercially available tools such as spreadsheets or Python/R.
  • Travel up to 30% to support field deployment activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics
  • Fundamental understanding of heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat pumps, heat pumping cycles, refrigeration, and power electronics.
  • Familiarity with standard tools (drills and pipe wrenches), construction materials (struts and bolts), plumbing (Pex, Propress, and Sharkbite fittings), electrical (AWG gauge, conduit, and power disconnects).
  • Interest in learning new skills and energy technology topics.
  • Active and recognized participation in professional societies is a plus.
  • Individuals who are self-motivated and able to work independently with simple direction.

Education and Experience
  • A Bachelor of Science in an engineering or scientific field
  • 7 years of relevant work experience or an advanced degree and 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Relevant Industry Certifications (Licensed Professional Engineer, etc.) are a plus.
  • Experience with instrumentation, data acquisition, and control systems specifications (e.g., National Instruments (NI), Campbell Scientific).
  • Prior industry/academic laboratory research experience.
  • Programming experience (Engineering Equation Solver, MATLAB, Python, and HPDM) is a plus.
  • Experience identifying new technical and/or business areas of activity is a plus.
  • Experience in laboratory development testing electric heat pump systems, components, and energy storage is a plus.

EEO Statement

GTI Energy is committed to developing a barrier-free recruitment process and work environment. If you require any accommodation, please e-mail us at and we’ll work with you to meet your accessibility needs. You must have legal authorization to work for GTI Energy on your date of hire with no further action required by GTI Energy. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and give consideration to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

GTI Energy At A Glance

GTI Energy develops innovative solutions that transform lives, economies, and the environment Since 1941, GTI Energy has contributed to the strengthening of energy systems and the communities they serve. As a leading research and training organization, we are focused on developing, scaling, and deploying energy transition solutions that improve lives, economies, and the environment. GTI Energy leverages the expertise of our trusted team of scientists, engineers, and partners to deliver impactful innovations needed for low-carbon, low-cost energy systems worldwide. We embrace systems thinking, open learning, and collaboration to bring solutions from concept to market, with more than 1,000 patents secured in our 80-year history. GTI Energy is a trusted partner that collaborates with a broad spectrum of energy stakeholders—including federal and state government agencies, national laboratories, gas and electric utilities, technology developers, equipment manufacturers, and infrastructure operators. Mission: GTI Energy solves important energy challenges worldwide, turning technology and insights into solutions that create exceptional value for our customers in natural gas and broader clean energy systems. We are driven by five primary objectives: • Expanding supplies of affordable and clean energy • Ensuring safe, efficient, resilient, and reliable energy infrastructure • Delivering solutions for efficient and environmentally responsible use of energy • Reducing and managing carbon emissions • Advancing energy systems innovations that protect air, land, water, and communities while enhancing economic growth Our Values: Safety Nothing is more important than the safety of GTI Energy’s employees, visitors to GTI Energy’s facilities, customers using GTI Energy’s services, and members of the communities in which GTI Energy operates Integrity GTI Energy will conduct its business in a straightforward, truthful, and transparent manner and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations People GTI Energy will provide a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for its employees, in which they can learn, grow, and address consequential challenges Quality GTI Energy will deliver the very best services it can provide, always seeking to delight its customers Market Focus GTI Energy will identify important energy industry issues and develop impactful solutions Teamwork GTI Energy employees, accountable to one another and our mission, will treat all colleagues and business partners with respect and work cooperatively
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