Engineering Facility Assessment Intern (MEP Focus)
Job ID
Service line
GWS Segment
Role type
Areas of Interest
Engineering/Maintenance, Facilities Management, Internship/Industry placement
Chicago - Illinois - United States of America, Remote - US - Remote - US - United States of America
The purpose of this position is to gain an in-depth understanding of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems via nationwide site assessment work with up to 75% travel. The value you will deliver will be summarized in client reports or databases of observed MEP equipment condition in buildings and campuses across all major market sectors. Our Fortune 500 clientele expects you to be part of the, “best team on the field” solutions to their property condition questions. Each coop student will conduct asset surveys in existing buildings, write property condition and energy assessment reports, and support architectural and MEP staff across the globe with direct accountability for project delivery.

In the early weeks and months of the coop mentored site visits focused on asset data collection will be a top priority to bring each new team member up to speed rapidly. This work is delivered via iOS app based survey tools which not only collect equipment model and serial number, but drills down into ratings of equipment condition, criticality, and categorization into a naming hierarchy. Candidates with prior survey or app based tool experience preferred.

Our projects revolve around delivering considered data to demanding clients in a timely manner. Project management responsibilities will include self-scheduling, coordinating, and executing site visits throughout the US followed by research to confirm site observations, and finally reporting to communicate findings. Each team member is expected to manage multiple projects simultaneously (ideally 2-3 at a time) and communicate proactively with leadership if delivery timeline is in jeopardy.

A Mechanical/ Electrical Project Manager is responsible for providing technical review of existing facilities for owners, lenders, buyers and investors to provide information required to make an informed decision concerning the physical condition of properties and the cost associated with those conditions. Property Condition Assessments (PCAs) are prepared for industrial, warehouse, retail facilities, multi-family residential complexes, medical facilities, hospitality properties, institutional and high-rise buildings.

The successful candidate will be personable, a very strong communicator and team player. Additionally, they will have a strong work ethic, and a good sense of humor to help them navigate the challenges surrounding a project while keeping morale high.

This position will require frequent day and overnight travel - up to 75% and can be remote from any state (as long as candidate is within 30 minutes of a major airport).

  • Conducts walk-through surveys (from 1 hour to multiple days) to assess condition of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. (This may require climbing two-story ladders or going up in a lift, lift operating certification is a plus)
  • Interviews property owners, occupants, key site personnel and local government officials to obtain information concerning the subject property's condition.
  • Reviews repair/improvement cost information, certificate(s) of occupancy, maintenance reports and logs, Building and Fire Department inspection reports, and similar information to determine the condition of the building.
  • Documents the condition and physical deficiencies of a property by taking representative and detailed photographs of a properties’ site and building systems
  • Prepares complex Property Condition Reports (PCR) to include cost estimates to remedy building deficiencies
  • Prepares estimated costs to remedy building deficiencies in an immediate time period and capital reserve time period (5 to 50 years)
  • Provides formal technical guidance in areas of expertise.
  • Energy audit experience and LEED accreditation a plus.
  • Is able to communicate effectively with others to achieve client goals.
  • Other duties as assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Working towards or completed Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) in mechanical or electrical engineering or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 1-2 years of previous coop experience – preferably focused on commercial building evaluation or commercial design experience with a general understanding of MEP building systems.
  • Any building evaluation or Property Condition Assessment (PCA) reporting experience strongly preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.
  • Ability to provide efficient, timely, reliable and courteous service to clients.
  • Ability to effectively present technical information to non-technical clients.
  • Requires knowledge of financial terms and principles. Ability to calculate intermediate figures such as percentages, discounts, and/or commissions. Conducts basic financial analysis.
  • Ability to adaptively solve problems in high-pressure situations. Requires strong analytical and quantitative skills.
  • Advanced skills with Microsoft Office Suite Products (Teams, Excel, Word, Power Point, Outlook, etc.)
  • Proficiency in using computer and smart phone programs which may include PDF programs, document upload/download websites, municipal agency record request websites, data collection applications and other virtual meeting programs (Zoom, Chime, Teams, Skype, etc.)
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills. The position requires simultaneously managing electronic deliverables for several ongoing assignments and operating effectively while remote.
  • Ability to travel up to 75% of the time.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EIT/ Passed FE exam (US and /or Canada) preferred.

  • Proven ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret most business or technical documents (of varied complexity) and communicate observations effectively is critical to this position
  • Ability to respond effectively to time-sensitive client issues and maintain a positive and professional tone is key
  • Ability to write reports, emails, and presentations using a distinctive style that is easy to understand
  • Ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on complex topics to peers, clients, top management and/or public groups
  • Ability to motivate and negotiate effectively with key employees, top management, and client groups to take desired action (i.e. ability to pursued an audience)

Decisions are made with an in-depth understanding and interpretation of procedures, company policies and business practices to achieve general results. Responsible for setting department deadlines. Errors in judgment may cause long-term impact to co-workers, supervisor, department and/or line of business.
CBRE is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have a long-standing commitment to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, political belief, or any other basis protected by applicable law. We also provide reasonable accommodations, as needed, throughout the job application process. If you have a disability that inhibits your ability to apply for a position through our online application process, you may contact us via email at or via telephone at +1 866 225 3099 (U.S.) and +1 866 388 4346 (Canada).

NOTE: Some, but not all, of our positions may have an additional requirement to comply with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including COVID-19 vaccination proof and/or rigorous testing. If you have questions about the requirement(s) for this position, please inform your Recruiter.