The Controls Specialists position ispart of the Plant Operations department at Vanderbilt University and is a keyindividual contributor responsible for providing skilled work to ensure safe,effective, and energy efficient operation of building control, fire, securityand access control systems, and therefore, the learning environment (safety andcomfort with energy efficiency) within Vanderbilt University's buildings. Thisposition is responsible for the commissioning, retro-commissioning, testing,maintenance, modification, repairs and record keeping of building control,utilizing knowledge of pneumatic, electric, electronics, direct digitalcontrol, airflow, hydronics, refrigeration theory, control strategies, firealarm systems, security systems, access control systems,emergency/egress/lighting, card readers, and sprinkler monitor panels. Thisincludes 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 assystem operating manuals and engineered drawings. Reporting directly to theControls Specialist Supervisor, the Controls Specialist will work as a partnerand in collaboration with all departments throughout the VU campus on a dailybasis.
Plant Operations provides facilitiessupport for all construction, renovation, and routine maintenance of UniversityCentral space and facilities; housekeeping services for approximately 5.8 millionsquare feet of academic, administrative, residential, and recreational space;grounds care for 330 acres that are a registered arboretum; turf care forathletic fields; and utilities for the University Central and the MedicalCenter.
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 preferred.
Excellent customer service skills
Proven ability to work with a team of multi-crafted trades people
Basic computer user skills are preferred 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
Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is atop-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate,graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campusnear the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employingalmost 7,000 faculty and staff. Theuniversity's students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and thesurrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbiltcommunity. VanderbiltUniversity is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledgeexpanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity issought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as oneof "America's Best Large Employers" and the top employer in Tennessee and theNashville metropolitan area in 2019 (Forbes).
About Vanderbilt Benefits
Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefitspackage including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death &dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirementplan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees,spouses, and dependent children.
Commitment to Equity,Diversity and Inclusion
Vanderbilt University iscommitted to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic communityof faculty, staff, and students. We seekindividuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.
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About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.