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.
1. High school diploma or 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).
• 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.
• 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.
To apply, please submit your application including resume, cover letter and a list of three references online at http://employment.plu.edu.
Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With distinctive international programs and close student-faculty research opportunities, PLU helps its 3,100 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their life’s vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.
Founded in 1890 by Norwegian pioneers, PLU continues the distinctive tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, thoughtful inquiry and questioning, the preparation of citizens in service to the world and to its ongoing reform. Located in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington, PLU is set in a region that also offers vast opportunities for outdoor recreation, culture and sports.
Pacific Lutheran University welcomes applications from women, members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional perspectives to our learning environment. PLU is an equal opportunity employer.
Additional Salary Information: $25.48-$32.69 per hour, DOE + excellent benefits
Pacific Lutheran University is a private university located in Tacoma, Washington. The university is home to approximately 3,200 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Through its seven schools: Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts& Communication, Business, Education and Kinesiology, and Nursing, Pacific Lutheran offers more classes and more opportunities than most liberal arts colleges. Students have the opportunity to work close-up and hands –on with professors and classmates. Professors at Pacific Lutheran not only serve as mentors who help students discover the professional opportunities in academic fields, but as colleagues who work side- by -side with students on research and creative projects. Pacific Lutheran seeks to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care- for other people, for their communities, and for the earth.