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Building Automation System (BAS) Controls Technician

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Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application. * These documents will be used to evaluate your written communication skills as well as supporting documents of your knowledge, skills, abilities, education and professional experience. Please ensure your full range of knowledge, skills, abilities, experience and education are listed on your application. * Do not write 'see resume' on your application when completing the job duties section. If you answer the questions at the end of the application, please ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences to support your answers (see job duties section of previous employment). * Failure to answer the questions at the end of the application will not preclude your application from being considered but may result in your application not receiving full consideration of your knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Position Information

General Information

Vacancy Open to All Candidates
Employment Type Permanent - Full-time
If time-limited, note appointment end date
Hours per week 40
Months per year 12
Position Number 010028
NC Salary Grade Equivalency 79
Classification Title Systems Programmer/Specialist - Contributing
Working Title Building Automation System (BAS) Controls Technician
Salary Range $65,768 - $71,011
Anticipate Hiring Range $65,768 - $71,011
FLSA Status Non Exempt
Division Chancellor's Office
Department Facilities Management (Adm)
Work Unit FM Facilities Operations
Work Schedule

8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Monday – Friday with occasional evening, weekend, and holiday hours, as necessary.

This position is designated as ‘mandatory’ and, when contacted to report to work, its incumbent is expected to reach the campus as expeditiously as possible using normal precautions as dictated by the adverse weather conditions.

Primary Purpose of Position

The Building Automation System (BAS) Controls Technician will perform programming and troubleshooting for BAS for all HVAC related equipment. Work will be performed independently or in teams, and the BAS Controls Technician will lead technicians to sustain and drive the building automation system program. Duties also include work with contractors and maintenance personnel to perform repairs, retrofits, and upgrades or improvements to existing campus systems. The BAS Controls Technician will apply technical knowledge and skills to operate a variety of testing and analyzing equipment to maintain preventive maintenance inspections. S/he will demonstrate knowledge and skill to install hardware and software, conduct device testing (end to end), perform program downloading and ensure equipment startup and operation. Graphic page improvements and field points into the building Jace’s (building automation system router and controller) will be conducted. S/he will evaluate programming methods and implement changes to support energy reduction, and maintain and troubleshoot computer workstations, displays and Jace stations as needed.

Minimum Education/Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or closely related degree from an appropriately accredited institution and three years of experience in operations analysis and design, systems programming, or closely related area; or a Bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution and four years of experience in operations analysis and design, systems programming or closely related area; or an Associate’s degree in Computer Information Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, or Networking Technology from an appropriately accredited institution and five years of experience in operations analysis and design, systems programming, or closely related area; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Essential Job Duties

The Systems Programmer/Specialist performs under the direction of the Utilities Manager.

Duties Include:

1. This position is responsible for the operation, maintenance and programming of UNC Charlotte’s Facilities Management (FM) Building Automation System (BAS).
2. Responsible for using appropriate test devices to troubleshoot and repair pneumatic, electrical and electronic control systems.
3. Check accuracy and calibrate all system components. Install and calibrate new or replacement devices and reprogram per manufacturers specifications.
4. Reprogram BAS to achieve maximum energy savings. Install, update change night setback schedules and the of HVAC systems. Monitor variety of points of the variable speed, e.g. amps, airflow, and motor speeds.
5. Develop and program system configuration parameters of several of the following:
a. Schneider Electric BACnet and Lon MicroNet and unitary controllers via WorkPlace Tech configuration software.
b. Honeywell Spyder, Silk and Stryker controllers via WEBS configuration software.
c. Johnson Controls N2, BACnet/IP, TCP/IP, LonTalk, SQL Server, Modbus, LAN and WAN communication protocols via HVACPro software.
d. Allerton VLC series and VAV series controllers via Allerton Envision BACTalk software.
e. Trance BCU series and vav Comm 4 series controllers via Trane Tracer Summit Software.
5. Manage the installation of all BAS equipment with the contracted vendors. Coordinate communication protocols, encryption, and database requirements for integration of their systems into the BAS.
6. Create and/or verify all HVAC Systems point databases and all Energy Management specific programming for all the systems for new buildings or retrofit systems.
7. Complete the programming, loading, device verification, and commissioning of all system controllers for programming required for energy efficient retrofits on the UNC Charlotte campus.
8. Provide accurate as-built and commissioning documentation.
9. Utilize advanced working knowledge and understanding of control sequences of operations, mechanical/electrical engineering fundamentals, air and water system designs, chilled water plant, steam and heating hot water system operation, fan and pump curves, airflow hoods, ultrasonic flow meters and variable frequency motor drives. All can be needed for the day-to-day analysis and verification of correct and efficient building BAS operations.
10. Communicate at the level required for successful performance of the UNC Charlotte BAS, using oral and written interpersonal skills and the ability to address contentious technical issues in an expedient and professional manner.

Other Work Responsibilities

1. Troubleshoot and resolve highly complex Energy Management System programming and sequence of operations situations for all HVAC Mechanical Systems configurations. Position does very minimal HVAC work.
2. Continuously pursue education and training to keep up with the latest and emerging technologies utilized in UNC Charlotte’s mission of providing safe, efficiently operated learning and workplace environments.
3. Research new and innovative technologies/methodologies within the energy industry. Monitor state and national energy policy trends, and makes appropriate recommendations to FM management as well as the Design and Capital Construction Departments.
4. Must have knowledge of BAS system integration software.
5. Configure all PC laptops, user interfaces, data servers, IP Networking devices, protocols, routers, switches, and data storage devices, for secure access to the UNC Charlotte BAS.
6. Develop liaisons with the client organizations to continually monitor and respond to their reporting requirements.
7. Coordinate the installation of all new UNC Charlotte BAS network drops. Register with the Facilities Information Systems department all mac/IP addresses for all BAS Network Access Controllers (NACs), System Controllers, Power and Flow Meters and all BAS monitoring equipment.
8. Utilize and participate in the continued development of the UNC Charlotte BAS Systems design, programming, graphic displays, and operational verification standards.
9. Perform other duties as assigned and/or delegated to support all operations.

Departmental Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

1. Bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution and four years of experience in operations analysis and design, systems programming or closely related area; or an Associate’s degree in Computer Information Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, or Networking Technology from an appropriately accredited institution and five years of experience in operations analysis and design, systems programming, or closely related area; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Advanced level requires an additional two years of education or experience.
2. Knowledge, skill and ability to use electrical test devices; troubleshoot and repair chiller electrical circuits.
3. Knowledge and skill to check accuracy and calibrate electrical, pneumatic and electronic control systems.
4. Ability to troubleshoot control circuits, replace faulty thermostats, wiring, and control devices.
5. Knowledge and ability to perform preventive maintenance on control systems.
6. Knowledge and skills to perform program modifications, troubleshooting and repair to HVAC automation systems.
7. Knowledge and ability to assist in determining the most energy efficient manner to operate equipment including energy setbacks.
8. Must be able to build, design, and write programs for complex HVAC systems and be able to create a working sequence of operation for these systems.
9. Must be able to calibrate temperature sensors, electronic devices, and pneumatic control devices.
10. Must be able to commission HVAC systems, controllers, and equipment.
11. Ability to effectively communicate the English language (reading, writing, interpretation and comprehension).
12. Effective skills in verbal, written and interpersonal communications, however excellent communication skills are preferred.
13. Ability to effectively work/interact with persons from different backgrounds and cultures.
14. Ability to foster and create an atmosphere of teamwork with co-workers, visitors, building occupants, and the entire campus community.
15. Selected candidate must have the mental and physical capabilities to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.
16. Tridium Niagara AX and Tridium Niagara N4 technical certification(s) preferred, or the ability to acquire certification(s) within 12 months from the date of hire.
17. FINStack certification(s) preferred, or the ability to acquire certification(s) within 12 months from the date of hire.

Necessary Licenses or Certifications

Valid driver’s license required.

Tridium Niagara AX and Tridium Niagara N4 technical certification(s) preferred, or the ability to acquire certification(s) within 12 months from the date of hire.

FINStack certification(s) preferred, or the ability to acquire certification(s) within 12 months from the date of hire.

Work Location FM - BAS Controls
Posting date 09/06/2017
Closing date 10/08/2017
Proposed Hire Date 11/20/2017
Contact Information
Special Notes to Applicants

Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application.

  • These documents will be used to evaluate your written communication skills as well as supporting documents of your knowledge, skills, abilities, education and professional experience.

Please ensure your full range of knowledge, skills, abilities, experience and education are listed on your application.

  • Do not write ‘see resume’ on your application when completing the job duties section.

If you answer the questions at the end of the application, please ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences to support your answers (see job duties section of previous employment).

  • Failure to answer the questions at the end of the application will not preclude your application from being considered but may result in your application not receiving full consideration of your knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • UNC Charlotte Website
    • Another Website
    • Agency Referral
    • Advertisement/Publication
    • HERC Job Board
    • Personal Referral
    • Other
  2. Where did you learn about this posting?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have a valid driver's license or can you obtain one before the first day of hire?
    • No
    • Yes
  4. Tell us about any experience you have in BAS troubleshooting including platforms like Niagara, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Allerton and Trane?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. Describe an example of your ability to perform programming and troubleshooting for BAS related equipment (such as VAV, Fan Coil, Unit Ventilators, Heat Pumps, Packaged Rooftops, Air Handlers, Chillers, Boilers, Central Plants and other associated equipment).

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. Do you have experience using networks and communication protocols and/or other associated equipment including, but not limited to, Lon, BacNet, Modbus and Phoenix?
    • No
    • Yes
  7. Do you currently hold any Tridium Niagara AX technical certification(s) or do you have the ability to acquire any of these certification(s) within 12 months from the date of hire?
    • No
    • Yes, I can acquire them within 12 months of hire.
    • Yes, I hold some Tridium Niagara AX technical certification(s).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
  3. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document