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Lighting Design & Proposal Development Engineer at Johnson Controls, Inc.

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Job Description:

Johnson Controls is powered by your talent. We are the power behind the customer mission. Together we are building a world that’s safe, comfortable and sustainable. Our diverse global team creates innovative, integrated solutions to make cities more connected, buildings more intelligent and environments more comfortable and secure. We are all about improving outcomes for our partners. Tomorrow needs your talent. Tomorrow needs you. So let’s talk today.

Remote Locations:  Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis

What you will do

The Lighting Design & Proposal Development Engineer is part of our Building Technologies & Solutions business at Johnson Controls.  Will be responsible for designing lighting project plans and proposals for our energy solutions project for our customers in the US.  We are searching for a seasoned lighting project development professional who can partner with our energy solutions team to create project plans.  This position is virtual, person we hire must be located in the western region, close to a major airport.  Can be up to 75% travel at times. Come join our growing team!

How you will do it

  • This position is responsible for the assessment, design and pricing of new, remodel and retrofit projects for lighting. The role interacts with the sales force during the discovery stage as well as the formal proposal stage. Understands and implements the customers’ requirements as well as communicates with all involved parties to produce accurate pricing and reliable proposals. 

  • Under general direction as an individual or part of a team, leads and performs time critical Order of Magnitude surveys, investment grade audits, and measurement and verification functions for performance contract lighting Facility Improvement Measures. Evaluates and makes recommendations from gathered field data to assist in lighting project development. Conducts site and end-user interviews and provides documentation and other required deliverables as instructed. Works with design managers and proposal engineers to determine feasibility of technology and strategy implementation while still meeting customer financial goals and schedule.

  • Deploys, provides documentation, and retrieves lighting and occupancy monitoring equipment in accordance with directed FEMP or IPMVP sampling guidelines. Executes, evaluates, and generates field reading reports of kW power quality measurements using certified and calibrated metering equipment in accordance with directed FEMP or IPMVP sampling guidelines. Performs and documents lighting levels performed with certified and calibrated light meters according to major task categories for pre and post retrofit conditions, in accordance with company directed guidelines. 

  • Follows project specific communication protocols, contacts and meets with on-site facility personnel to initiate the lighting audit and Measurement & Verification (M&V) processes and communicates progress until completion. 

  • Uses specialized tools, inspection equipment, and data collection media, performs a comprehensive lighting inventory and prepares detailed reports of the customer’s existing lighting system as scoped by regional lighting design managers and proposal development engineers. 

  • Works with the customer’s facility managers or designated representatives to communicate expected schedules and critical timelines for completion of audits and M&V evolutions. Coordinates key custody and/or escorts to access customer spaces for all team members. Factors in accessibility restrictions and proper safety measures and communicates schedule impact to all parties. 

  • Collects, prepares, and audits project deliverable documents to include: location reference maps, fixture description forms, site interview forms, exterior pole and fixture information forms, common room drawings, high and low bay layout drawings, as well as any other deliverables that may be deemed necessary to provide best-in-class lighting proposals. 

  • Deploys and retrieves runtime lighting and occupancy data logging devices used to record baseline operating hours of lighting equipment and occupancy behaviors for identified space usage groups. 

  • Identifies opportunities and coordinates schedules with fixture, sensor, and specialty product vendors to leverage assistance with implementation of technologies to increase project value. 

  • Acts as a project assigned team lead to track delivery of project deliverables according to communicated timelines. 

  • Designs lighting alternatives that provide viable solutions for incorporating cost effective energy saving technologist that best satisfy the illumination requirements of the different environments within the customers’ facilities. 

  • Based upon proposed lighting, design, customer requirements and products selected, prices anticipated labor and material costs. Works with Rebate Analysts to determine available utility or state energy program-sponsored rebates. Incorporates those rebates into cost payback analysis for the customer. Reviews proposal to ensure that calculated payback falls within customer’s parameters. Assimilates M&V Data into the design, pricing and energy savings analysis. 

  • Upon project completion, incorporates as-built information into the design for the Performance Contract.

What we look for


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. Should possess or be actively pursuing qualifications for a related industry certification. Five to seven years of related experience in designing lighting projects. Requires general knowledge of lighting and electrical installations including circuitry, load, and voltage. Should be familiar with the National Electrical Code, IESNA recommended lighting levels, FEMP & IPMVP guidelines, and ASHRAE standards. Excellent fixture recognition, verbal and written communication skills, has a high level of attention to detail. Must be able to be granted access to high security facilities through various federal and state background investigations. 

  • Understands and can apply the energy demand and maintenance requirements of various existing lighting systems and the applicable demands and requirements of proposed retrofit solutions. Understands IES Standards, light color, color rendering, lumen and lumen maintenance, lamp life, ballast factors, system wattage and efficacy of the various systems. Understands and can demonstrate the impacts of utility rates, system wattage and operating hours in the design and development of proposed alternatives. Understands the environmental, economic and quality advantages of various lighting alternatives. 

  • Must be able to effectively communicate in a professional manner via formal written and oral means to most levels of management. Must be capable of effectively utilizing CAD programs, word processing programs and spread sheet programs. General understanding of the requirements of electrical installations, circuitry, load, voltage and familiarity with electrical codes. 

  • LC certification preferred. 

  • Extensive knowledge of LED and connected lighting. 

  • Ability to transfer, rename, and resize digital pictures. Ability to work remote over a Virtual Private Network. General familiarity with most Microsoft Office products. Proficient with Microsoft office suite and knowledge of AGI32 a plus. Ability to use iPad for field data collection. 

  • Must be able to climb up ladders. Prolonged standing/walking. Experience with several types of lift equipment and ability to attain certification. Bilingual in French and English an asset.  

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