Controls Specialist
Nashville, TN
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Job Description

The Controls Specialists position is part of the Plant Operations department at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for providing skilled work to ensure safe, effective, and energy efficient operation of building control, fire, security and access control systems, and therefore, the learning environment (safety and comfort with energy efficiency) within Vanderbilt University's buildings. This position is responsible for the commissioning, retro-commissioning, testing, maintenance, modification, repairs and record keeping of building control, utilizing knowledge of pneumatic, electric, electronics, direct digital control, airflow, hydronics, refrigeration theory, control strategies, fire alarm systems, security systems, access control systems, emergency/egress/lighting, card readers, and sprinkler monitor panels. This includes such hardware as thermostats, humidistats, receiver controllers, pneumatic actuators, safeties, pilot positioners, relays, sensors, field panels, wiring, power supplies, interface modules, manual pull stations as well as system operating manuals and engineered drawings. Reporting directly to the Controls Specialist Supervisor, the Controls Specialist will work as a partner and in collaboration with all departments throughout the VU campus on a daily basis.


Plant Operations provides facilities support for all construction, renovation, and routine maintenance of University Central space and facilities; housekeeping services for approximately 5.8 million square feet of academic, administrative, residential, and recreational space; grounds care for 330 acres that are a registered arboretum; turf care for athletic fields; and utilities for the University Central and the Medical Center.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for end to end testing, downloading programming, starting up, commissioning, retro-commissioning, and servicing on assigned projects.
  • Monitor and calibrate building system controls to achieve better operation and energy efficiency as instructed.
  • Assist in the accumulation of data necessary to facilitate improved operation of HVAC systems for effective Energy Management.
  • Determine nature and depth of malfunctions and initiate action to repair, or provide information to resolve and/or modify operating parameters.
  • Complete detailed test and repair records and file/store as required.
  • Refer to and understand engineering drawings and fire systems operating manuals.
  • Work with Campus Planning and Construction during new project and renovation design, vendor commissioning and Vanderbilt University acceptance to ensure controls, fire, security, and access control systems meet or exceed Vanderbilt specifications for performance, efficiency, and code compliance prior to hand-off to Plant Operations.
  • Work with Zone Groups and Chilled Water Distribution Group to troubleshoot control systems which control chillers, AHU's, boilers, hot water converters, cooling towers, etc. to facilitate correction of malfunctions and system failures.
  • Analyze, diagnose, and repair direct digital control systems.
  • Perform preventative maintenance, site surveys, replacement, and modifications as needed to ensure maximum energy efficiency.
  • Prepare for on-site installation and repairs by examining building layout, anticipating difficulties, gathering materials and coordinating on-site work, as necessary.
  • Use a variety of hand tools, interpreting control drawings, plans, and specifications, to mount, assemble, test, and program the system.
  • Complete reports on a daily basis to ensure accurate record management of labor, material, and cost.
  • Research and recommend repair components and test equipment to assist management in calculating costs of repairs and upgrades.
  • Gather building HVAC and mechanical field data to facilitate analysis of HVAC performance.
  • Assist others as requested to help troubleshoot HVAC equipment to limit equipment downtime and resolve complaints and other problems related to campus HVAC equipment.
  • Provide sketches of field changes and discrepancies for engineering corrections and drawings.
  • Provide mentorship to other team members on complex building control, fire alarm, security, and access control systems and strategies.
  • Conduct extensive self study to improve and maintain technical proficiency in building control systems and products.
  • Maintain flexibility to work overtime/weekends, as required.

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • Minimum of high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Formal Electronics/Instrumentation training such as vocational/technical school, trade school, military, or apprenticeship desired.
  • Minimum of four (4) years electronics/instrumentation work experience in all phases of pneumatic and DDC instrumentation, control systems, security systems, fire systems, access control systems and building automation systems. This includes rough wiring, wiring of devices and panels, and layout and installation of alarm devices, security devices access control devices and other system components.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with computerized service request system.
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Proven ability to work with a team of multi-crafted trades people
  • Basic computer user skills are required to access computerized service request system and Microsoft office products
  • Knowledge and experience with Johnson Controls and Automated Logic systems is a plus.

About Vanderbilt University
Job Type Full-time