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Building Automation Systems Specialist Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Under general supervision, performs work of considerable difficulty in the operation, maintenance, repair, and installation of building automation systems and HVAC controls.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is first in a series of three classifications.

Examples of Duties:

  • Operates building automation systems and air conditioning controls, using various operator workstations, computers, digital interface units, and standard HVAC tools of the trade.
  • Inspects, monitors, evaluates, and adjusts mechanical systems performance for proper and efficient operation including pumps, fans, valves, dampers, terminal units, heat transfer equipment, fluid flow conditions, and air and water system balance.
  • Provides analytical assistance concerning campus mechanical systems in buildings, Central Plant, and in general campus distribution to other shops and campus departments.
  • Responds to emergency and routine service calls to provide restoration of mechanical systems operation and control with a minimum of downtime.
  • Promotes, builds, and maintains good relations with the campus community; keeps supervisor informed of campus needs, systems status, and actual or potential occupant problems.
  • Provides technical guidance and support including set-up, check-out, operation, and troubleshooting complex building automation and control systems; verifies functional performance of systems provided.
  • Provides technical instruction and training to other technicians and personnel on basic theory, proper system operations, preventative maintenance, troubleshooting techniques, typical system failures, and corrections.
  • Inspects, calibrates, repairs, and installs a wide range of control, sensing and actuating devices.
  • Provides recommendation on equipment/systems operation and modification for energy conservation, efficiency, and reliability.
  • Performs emergency connections to neutralize alarm conditions and restore proper operation.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of heat transfer and fluid flow and the application of mechanical devices used for delivery of ventilation, steam, chilled water, hot water, and humidification.
  • Knowledge of air and water balance procedures.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, flow charts, schematic, and ladder diagrams, and control sequences, which may also involve various software languages and formats.
  • Ability to analyze complex control sequences and resulting operations, and to develop innovations that solve difficult technical problems.
  • Skill in dealing with campus building occupants, contractors, and consultants.
  • Ability to acquire, through training and on the job experience, specialized knowledge in rapidly changing technology and applications.
  • Skill in use of personal computers.
  • Skill in instrumentation and calibration techniques.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Five years of controls/building automation systems experience; OR, four years of controls/building automation systems experience AND completion of a related technical training program equivalent to one year; OR; Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved. Some positions may require Chloroflourocarbons Certification upon employment. Some positions may require a current Arizona driverís license upon employment.


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