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Energy Engineer

Norbord South Carolina Inc.

This is a Contract position in Kinards, SC posted November 10, 2021.

West Fraser is a diversified wood products company with more than 60 facilities in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe. From responsibly sourced and sustainably managed forest resources, the Company produces lumber, engineered wood (OSB, LVL, MDF, plywood, particleboard), and other products including pulp, newsprint, wood chips, and renewable energy. Our success comes from hiring skilled and talented team members in all areas of our business. We are dedicated to developing and retaining a dynamic workforce with a commitment to teamwork and uncompromising safety that ensures we remain at the forefront of manufacturing excellence.

Job purpose

The Energy Engineer will work with Plant Management, Project Engineers, Energy & Carbon Leads, Energy Section Controller and Energy Providers to develop forward looking opportunities to reduce energy consumption, reduce emissions of Green House Gasses (GHG), drive energy cost savings, and create a robust and sustainable energy strategy. This exciting position requires development of a strong rapport with mill management, technical and engineering resources, and state and local energy providers.

In general, the Energy Engineer is responsible for analyzing our existing infrastructure, power consumption and GHG / Carbon emissions to identify opportunities for continuous improvement. Success will be measured by Energy and cost savings, elevated GHG management, long term strategies that are sustainable and resilient.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Energy Engineer is responsible for analyzing our existing infrastructure, power consumption and GHG / Carbon emissions to identify opportunities for continuous improvement. Developing a ISO 50001 Strategic Energy Management Plan in line with the LBNL and Stillwater program. To that end, these responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Leading the development and implementation of an LBNL and Stillwater ISO 50001 Energy Management compliant plan that includes:
    • Better program knowledge around ISO 50001 standard and 50001 Ready program (and Navigator platform)
    • Better understand integration of energy management and GHG
    • 12 – 24 month strategic timeline utilizing the 50001 Ready Playbooks
  • Administering business system and new initiatives in line with evolving energy policy
    • Identify and evaluate fuel switching and low carbon electrification opportunities for the intent of reducing GHG emissions
    • Lead the initiative to understand current practices regarding energy reporting
    • Establish KPIs to track and report specific energy consumption and emissions data across the organization
  • Project Development and Management,
    • Collect and analyze data from mill systems to inform decision making,
    • Collaborate with divisional personnel to understand and implement energy efficient technologies
    • Identify and apply for potential industry and government funding opportunities,
    • Prepare reports and proposals for existing or new energy reduction projects,
    • Prepare presentations describing facilities and various energy efficiency projects,
  • Monitor process and non-process operations,
    • Improve the understanding of energy systems including electricity, natural gas, steam, biofuel consumption, and compressed air systems,
    • Initiate, organize, and complete energy audits,
    • Complete metering and verification studies for utility and government sponsored projects,
    • Calculate customer baseline load adjustments (CBL) and Local, State or Federal tariffs, tax incentives or credits and carbon credits


Minimum qualifications required to successfully perform this role. These are the qualifications that are necessary for someone to be considered for the position. A reasonable accommodation may be allowed for some aspects of the role as determined by Human Resources.


  • 4 Year Engineering Degree – (Electrical or Mechanical preferred)
  • Three to five years’ experience with a background in electrical or mechanical engineering, or project management.
  • Willing to work towards Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Professional Engineer (P.Eng), Project Managing Professional (PMP), or other applicable designations.

Minimum qualifications include:


  • Understanding of power generation, transmission and distribution, and consumption including basic knowledge of power quality to inform strategic decisions,
  • Understanding of industrial utilities including natural gas, steam, and compressed air,
  • Learn and understand processes such as wood products manufacturing, co-generation of heat and power, renewable energy systems and turbine technology.
  • Learn and understand component-level electrical and mechanical systems as they pertain to energy generation and consumption,
  • Troubleshooting and optimizing of all energy consuming systems,


  • Must be able to translate and communicate technical specifications, concepts or objectives to a variety of audiences,
  • Proficient with virtual and in-person presentations,
  • Strong written communication skills are required for preparing reports and proposals for utility providers, consultants, and West Fraser management,


  • Experience using dataPARC, PI System, or other SCADA software packages an asset,
  • Ability to work independently, possessing excellent organizational skills and a strong attention to detail
  • Depending upon Covid-19 restrictions, some travel to operations will be required.

Working conditions

Role requires a person to work in working conditions such as heat, cold, snow, rain, ice, frost, humidity, severe storms and so forth. Special working conditions may include regular evening and weekend work, shift work, working outdoors, working as a team regardless of challenge, and so forth. Exposure to noise, dirt, grease, water and sawdust is common.

Physical requirements

Physical ability to perform the essential job functions of the position, which includes climbing stairs, navigating catwalks, working at heights up to 100 feet above the ground, lifting up to 40 pounds (from floor to shoulder height), stooping, and bending, carrying up to 30 pounds at least 100 feet.

Direct reports

This position may have direct reports as assigned. Demonstrated leadership is a key requirement for success in this role.


  • Bachelors or better in Engineering