This position serves as one of the University's Direct Digital Controls (DDC) field technicians. The primary focus of the position is tech support and preventive maintenance tasks associated with HVAC systems, DDC hardware, software and field bus wiring. Duties and responsibilities include managing projects, reviewing designs, inspecting installations, maintaining spare parts, and performing highly complex hands-on Building Automation Systems (BAS) installations, repairs, upgrades and preventive maintenance tasks. The position works closely with the university's Information Technology (IT) staff on networking, software installation, backups, licensing, security, and related issues for computers and embedded controllers. The position is not responsible for the gateway device or front-end graphics, but it will work closely with Energy Management Control System (EMCS) personnel to ensure that graphics and front end functions such as scheduling and alarming are functional. For installation projects, this position works closely with engineering staff, electricians, sheet metal and plumbing staff. Most importantly this position supports our BAS control techs. With minimal supervision, this position must proactively work to optimize HVAC systems in alignment with university goals and priorities. Focusing primarily on weekday support, the position will lead in implementing preventive maintenance tasks and building optimization HVAC control projects. The position will assist in leading repair efforts and ensuring projects are delivered on time and within budget. This work includes technical documentation and check out sheets, field controller programming changes, control wiring modifications, mechanical repairs of HVAC systems and control equipment, testing and some balance work. The position will also assist reactive maintenance staff in resolving complex BAS control issues and must anticipate BAS safety issues and take proactive steps to maximize safe operations. Works closely with other trades personnel, including those in Life Safety Services, Campus Maintenance, Housing, HVAC Services, supervisors and staff to sustain a high-performance service culture that promotes sound planning and excellent execution. This position is required to put forth efforts to foster a safe, respectful, and diverse work environment that values its people. Works closely with building coordinators and other departments such as Environment, Health and Safety; Energy Management; Facilities Planning and Design and Construction Services to ensure that facilities' programmatic requirements are met and remain compliant. This position will require after a probation period that the employee participate in on call rotation for after hours reactive maintenance needs.
Education and Experience:
Associate’s degree in electronics; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Ability to understand that good database management practices are being followed; maintain good communication between the building tech and the weekend crew; ability to understand general IT options and practices for software version control and backups, as well as specific DDC software database management strategies and procedures. Must be capable of reading and understanding narratives and drawings in the UNC controls guidelines and implementing the intent of those standards as closely as possible with a given mechanical and software system. The position is also required to troubleshoot, reverse engineer, and improve existing installations including comparing them to the UNC controls guidelines. Requires the ability to understand the different training needs and interests of the various staff using software programming tools and help them achieve their goals through formal or informal training, mentoring, coaching, cross training, and/or use of training panels. Ability to assist technicians in ensuring they have the software and hardware interfaces needed to do their jobs. This position must be technically capable of balancing conflicting demands of energy efficiency, indoor air quality, reliability, and occupant thermal comfort. Knowledge of principals (e.g., psychometrics, fluid flow, control theory), indoor environmental quality (e.g., thermal comfort, air contaminants, odors), loads (e.g., ventilation, infiltration, energy calculations), HVAC design (e.g., space air diffusion, duct design, insulation), and equipment and components (e.g., variable frequency drives, humidifiers, valves) is essential. General knowledge of codes, standards, and practices such as the NC Mechanical Code, the NC Energy Conservation Code, ASHRAE Standard 62.1 Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, ANSI/AIHA Z9.5 American National Standard for Laboratory Ventilation, and NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace are needed. This position must communicate with building managers and occupants to understand their needs and ensure the HVAC system, particularly from the software side, delivers what they need (e.g., for JCAHO, AAALAC, or CDC accreditation) while complying with the UNC energy use policy.
This position may be required to work in active BSL3 labs, which requires a baseline blood draw, a physical, and vaccines (currently flu and tetanus), as well as annual medical certification, respirator fit testing, and specific training. Entry into such labs require escort from Environment, Health, & Safety, respirator use, safety attire, and possibly shower in/out.
Ability to serve as a mandatory employee and report to work in support of mandatory University operations, even when adverse weather or other emergency conditions require the University to close.
Preferred qualifications include a two-year degree in electronics, computers, or HVAC technical trades (or similar), and three or more years of progressively responsible experience in the installation, operation, and maintenance of complex DDC systems. Other preferred qualifications include specific knowledge of:
Brand specific field controllers for Schneider IA series, DMS series, Net 8000 series controllers, Struxureware software, Johnson Controls DX 9100, UNT, VAV series, FEC series, PRGLON series controllers, Circon, Siemens, Pheonix or Tech Air systems and controllers and the associated software programming tools
Brand specific gateways for Schneider Electric Struxureware software, R2/AX/N4 Tridium work place pro software, JCIPMI or Metasys software, Siemens, Phoenix or Tec Air programming tools
Connection to BAS controllers with serial converters, and other interface devices
Microsoft remote desktop, Cisco VPN client, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth
controller integration into R2/AX/N4 Tridium Jaces, StruxureWare ASP's, JCIMetasys NAE's
Echelon products such as the i.LON routers, L-IP's, U10/U20 USB network interface, and the LonScanner protocol analyzer
LonWorks, BACnet, and N2 communication protocols
line and block programming
loop tuning including using automated algorithms
application specific and freely programmable controllers
Microsoft Visio, Excel, Word, and Outlook
Circon, JCI, Trane, Carrier, Schneider, Siemens, Argus, Tech Air and Phoenix controls
VAV and constant volume operations
energy strategies such as for supply temperature reset, demand-controlled ventilation, fan pressure optimization, energy recovery, and economizer control
planning for failures such as loss of power or freeze protection including the best options for control devices
selecting control hardware, such as RTDs, pressure transmitters, valves and actuators
replacing obsolete control hardware on a part-by-part basis due to funding limitations while maintaining continuity of service
industrial control panel building
decade boxes, process calibrators, and signal generators
safety circuits/hard wire interlocks and relay logic including fire alarm tie-ins
air and hydronic test & balance and commissioning Candidates with prior proven success in BAS design, estimating, and project management, particularly under State government and university statutes, procedures, and guidelines are preferred. Experience in BAS implementation for challenging environments such as for health care facilities, vivarium's, data centers, and bio-safety labs is also preferred.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
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