Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Title: Project Controls Engineer I
Schedule (FT/PT): Regular Full Time
Travel Required: Yes (0-25%)
Clearance: Ability to Obtain

For over 25 years, North Wind Group (North Wind) and its subsidiary companies have been influencing the future of, and aiming to be the nationwide small business leader in, the engineering, environmental, construction, IT/cyber, facility operations, and professional service industries. North Wind allows its employees to develop creative and practical solutions to complex problems, while accomplishing its mission of delivering quality results safely, on time, and on budget, for every project. Our mission is accomplished through forward-thinking, advanced technology services, and our cultivation of a diverse and inclusive workplace.

North Wind recognizes our biggest asset is our employees. Our success is a direct result of the hard work, skills, expertise, and unique perspectives and talents that each of our employees bring to North Wind. We are looking for exceptionally talented, motivated, and dynamic individuals to join the North Wind team – not only to support our mission but be an integral part of our continued success.


The Project Controls Engineer I assist the project managers manage a project's schedule and costs providing a forward-looking analysis - understanding the past and projecting the future. Assist Project Managers (PMs) and the project team in effectively and proactively managing projects to ensure project success. Develop, maintain, monitor, and execute complex project performance baselines. Prepare project estimates while performing cost analysis to determine the health of the project. Identify impacts and assist with the development of recovery plan activities. Support project organizational and administrative activities Support the Regional Managers in all required job responsibilities. Perform a broad spectrum of cost estimating functions that include developing proposal Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) and schedules.


  • Build cost and schedule performance baselines to include well defined; scope, assumptions, deliverables, Work Breakdown Structure, and integrated critical path schedule that is resource loaded.
  • Assists the project manager with determining activity sequencing and durations. Assists with identifying milestones to support the project schedule and develop a total project plan.
  • Establish Earned Value Management System (EVMS) performance standards, controls, and reporting based on the defined project planning strategy.
  • Performs schedule monitoring, including identifying critical activities and updating functions for specific applications, disciplines or specialty.
  • Assists in the development of requirements for updating and schedule monitoring and their implementation. i.e. building metrics to ensure accurate status is taken on project schedules.
  • Prepares schedule, staffing, and quantity progress and performance reports for assigned projects.
  • Manage assigned projects and maintain cost and schedule data, projections, reports, and other activities during project performance.
  • Support PMs in managing procurement actions (accruals, invoicing, and costing).
  • Perform a forward-looking analysis on the project. Develop accurate Estimate at Completion for detailed project completion costs and perform monthly project fee analyses using several techniques including a bottoms-up estimate, CPI estimate, and straight-line estimate.
  • Seek continuous improvement and enhancements of current project management methodologies.
  • Identification of cost trends for management attention; ensuring works are complete as scheduled.
  • Track and review change orders. Ensure these change orders are analyzed and factored in the EAC/fee profit analyst.
  • Formulate effective communications and reporting requirements(as defined by the PM, Corporate policy, and customer requirements) that define the current status of a project in re to the project performance baseline, and reasons for deviation, and assist with implementing corrective actions.


  • Provide other administrative procedures to projects as required.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in management, finance or related area of discipline.
  • 0-2 years in demonstrated project control experience on engineering, environmental, and construction projects required to include the preparation of cost estimates to completion utilizing bottoms-up ETC analysis and forecasting utilizing other PMI-approved methods, and demonstrated experience in project planning and scheduling, cost control, risk analysis, cost estimating and EVMS.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Project Controls EVMS processes and project management software such as Primavera P6, EcoSys and Deltek Cost Point.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; work effectively and cooperatively with all levels of management staff and clients.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to effectively present information and respond effectively and sensitively to questions from clients, managers, staff, and the general public.
  • High degree of sensitivity regarding confidential client and employment information
  • Ability to advocate and enforce Company policies and procedures and employee programs.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team, and make decisions, exercise good judgment, work under pressure, work with minimal supervision and prioritize workload.
  • Experience and skills with computer applications, including MS Office Suit.
  • Ability to obtain security clearance.


  • EcoSys experience preferred.
  • Financial background preferred.

This position is a sedentary role. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be sitting for long periods of time, but will also be required to stand, walk, and talk or hear. The employee is often required to use hands or fingers to handle, feel, type and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds.

Work is typically performed indoors in an office environment with low to moderate noise levels.

North Wind offers a competitive pay and benefits package to include health, life, and disability insurance benefits, 401(k) with company match, generous paid leave and tuition reimbursement for eligible employees. As a company, we are committed to employee wellness, professional development, and work-life balance. We value safety, reliability, and commitment to our people! For more information about our benefits or hiring philosophy, visit the North Wind Career Opportunities Page.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The nature of those accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis. If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact our Helpline +1.208.528.8718 or use the Request for Reasonable Accommodation form to get assistance.

North Wind is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, religion, or other legally protected status. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Proof of citizenship will be required as a condition of employment.

Candidates may be required to obtain and hold a Secret or Higher US Government Clearance.