October is Energy Efficiency Month, and to celebrate that, we are shining a spotlight on our Engineering team. Throughout the month, we will be featuring some of the talented members on our team, learning how they first got started in the field and offering a ‘behind the scenes’ look at a day in the life of an energy engineer.
Our last feature of the month is Gavin Lall, a TAB Engineer on our Energy Optimization services team, and one of our newest engineers (Gavin joined the Edison Energy team in August). Gavin is based out of our New York City office.
Tell us your background / a little bit about yourself and how you ended up at Edison Energy.
I spent most of life growing up in sunny Myrtle Beach, SC. There, I started off with an internship doing new construction and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) controls at MSS. I got the chance to move New York, and worked with a private HVAC company for one year. After that opportunity, I wanted to broaden my experience and pursue a path in energy efficiency, and that is when I came across Edison Energy. The work speaks for itself at this company, and I am excited to be a part of it.
Why did you decide to pursue a path in energy efficiency?
Energy management is one of the most important positions for this generation because it affects all aspects of life. In the past 5 years of my HVAC experience, I have learned that there is a plethora of ways to save energy in a building. Thankfully at Edison Energy, I found I can acquire new skills to make buildings as energy efficient as possible.
Tell us a little about your role at Edison Energy.
I am a Testing and Balancing (TAB) engineer for Edison Energy. In this role, my colleagues and I test and balance all HVAC units, mechanical and plumbing equipment, and perform energy audits for our clients’ buildings and facilities.
Tell us something unique to your role and / or a specific skillset that is required that others may be surprised to know about?
One skillset that is unique for our role is being detail orientated. Taking the time to understand the controls of the HVAC system, how it functions, and focusing on the efficiency of the unit requires a great amount of attention to detail that other roles may not require.
Tell us about a project you feel most proud of, and what made this project unique/successful from your perspective?
A project I am most proud to be working on right now is with a large biochemical manufacturing company. Due to the pandemic, this company is creating a product to be used on filters inside of the HVAC units. It will be able to block the virus from returning into the unit and into spaces where there are large groups of people. This can be revolutionary for reducing the spread of the virus, and I am honored to be testing the project.
What are some of the biggest challenges you face/have faced in this role or industry? How did you overcome them?
In my past experiences, my role required a more hands-on approach in the field. However, I am now transitioning from that hands-on experience to projects that require more analytical understanding. These projects involve more awareness of the location, the environment, and how all the units work together as a whole to be able to make the building more energy efficient. Fortunately, I work with a great team that makes the workload manageable and the results accurate.
What advice would you give to a peer who is looking to pursue a career in engineering or energy efficiency?
A piece of advice I would give to a peer looking to pursue a career in this path is to take the time outside of work to keep up to date with energy efficiency. I find that the engineers who are most successful in this industry are the ones that are always willing to learn more about the systems. Technology in energy efficiency is constantly evolving and advancing, and being knowledgeable in the field leads to success for the clients and the company.
If you would like to learn more about Gavin, or have a question about his engineering work with Edison Energy, connect with him on LinkedIn!