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Employment Type:
Full time
Job Category:
Physical Labor
Building Controls Technician
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Job Description

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm

General Description:

The Building Controls Technician performs maintenance duties and adjustment and repair of electric, electronic, pneumatic, and direct digital-controlled building automation systems. This position is responsible for monitoring, troubleshooting, modifying, calibrating, and programming system features and responding to technical and mechanical problems either remotely or on-site, to ensure a clean, safe, and attractive learning environment. This position also makes decisions based upon sound maintenance practices. This position reports to Maintenance Manager.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
• Troubleshoot, modify, and adjust computer-based heating, ventilation, and AC controls systems.
• Fabricate and implement programs or building control strategies.
• Repair and maintain individual hardware and software components of applicable systems.
• Perform major to minor overhauls, including disassembling and inspection of all parts, replacing worn and defective parts, reassembling of all equipment and controls, and testing to ensure proper functions.
• Train others on troubleshooting, overhaul, repair, calibration, and testing of controls.
• Operate and maintain all control systems on campus including graphics, pneumatic controls, direct digital controls, variable frequency drives, energy management computer, managing data points, and ensuring that they are operating properly and accurately.
• Respond to service requests to adjust airflow, temperature, and humidity for rooms and buildings.
• Respond to daytime emergency calls within one hour and be on-call for weekend/evening emergencies.
• Inspect renovations and modifications installed by contractors to ensure compliance with specifications.
• Assist in development of energy-tracking systems to identify energy usage and savings along with implementations of new control strategies.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
• Working knowledge of energy management systems incl. the ability to understand/use system features.
• Knowledge of heating, AC equipment, pneumatic controls, electrical, and electronic control systems.
• Ability to read, write, and perform calculations including the ability to read, interpret, and work from blueprints, plans, drawings, and specifications, and be able to make rough sketches.
• Ability to perform emergency repairs in many areas along with the ability to perform delicate repairs.
• Ability to work independently as well as establish and maintain relations with faculty, staff, and students.
• Ability to make decisions and work independently without close supervision.

Required Qualifications:
1. High school diploma or Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED).
2. Technical/trade school graduation or equivalent apprenticeship.
3. Valid driver’s license (Must have had a valid driver’s license for at least 2 years).
4. Finalist applicants must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background check, physical exam, and drug screen (including marijuana), pass PLU’s Driver’s Certification Training, and provide an original copy of their Driving Record (5-year Employment Abstract).

Preferred Qualifications:
• 3 years of experience in the field of DDC and other control systems pertaining to HVAC.

Work Conditions:
• May often be exposed to hot, dry, dusty, cold, wet, and/or humid conditions.
• Work around heavy equipment with large, awkward tools.
• Occasionally work in high places.

Physical Requirements:
• Ability to regularly lift up to 10 pounds, frequently lift/move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift/move up to 50 pounds unassisted.
• Ability to bend, reach, stoop, kneel, stand, and walk; may occasionally be required to climb, balance, or work in cramped areas.
• Good physical strength, hearing, and vision.

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