Building Automation System Engineer
- Dartmouth College
- New Hampshire, United States
- Salary Not Specified
- Posted Date
- Jan 31, 2023
Open Until Filled
Building Automation System Engineer
Department this Position Reports to
Engineering and Utilities
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Regular Full Time
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The Building Automation Systems ( BAS ) Engineer applies a high level of knowledge and skill to engineer, design, program, analyze, troubleshoot, optimize, document, and improve campus building automation systems within Dartmouth College facilities. This position is primarily concerned with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning ( HVAC ) system controls, including integrations to associated systems such as lighting, laboratory air control systems, air quality monitoring systems, AV, window controls, “Smart Building Platforms”, etc. As an integral member of the Facilities Operations and Management (FO&M) Energy Management and Engineering team, this position works to improve campus controls systems performance through controls systems design, modifications and upgrades that seek to optimize HVAC system energy efficiency, stability, speed, durability, and reliability, while meeting required environmental conditions for College facilities and its Customers. The position works daily with the FO&M engineering team, including Energy Management and MEP engineers, works closely with College trades shops, in particular the Building Automation System ( BAS ) and Electrical shops, works closely with Campus Services Technology Services and IT staff and with outside controls and electrical contractors.
Required Qualifications - Education and Yrs Exp
Bachelors plus 6 or more years' experience or combination of education and experience
Required Qualifications - Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
- Ten+ years of relevant experience with Building Automation Systems and controls with proven record of successful projects of a complex nature
- Technical School graduate (or relevant Associates or Bachelors degree) preferred, or have equivalent education and experience.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and be qualified under the terms of Dartmouth College Driver Safety and Motor Vehicle Policy.
- Is highly proficient with building automation systems (Honeywell and Johnson Controls) and has strong working knowledge of their communication protocols and networks, controllers and devices, and programming methods. Future building automation systems could include non-proprietary platforms.
- Deep knowledge of and aptitude for building mechanical systems including hydronic, steam, chilled water, air handling systems, and terminal units.
- High competency in programming of building automation systems.
- Solid working knowledge of energy management and efficiency techniques for building HVAC systems.
- Ability to follow and understand complex sequences of operation for HVAC and plant equipment and ability to translate sequences into BAS programming logic.
- Ability to troubleshoot, read, write, update, and specify repairs and upgrades for a wide range of automation systems and devices. Current campus automation systems include Johnson Controls, Honeywell, Trane, Phoenix, Aircuity, Schneider, Lutron, Digital Lumens, and others.
- Ability to program and configure BACnet, Lon, and Modbus controllers and devices.
- Expert knowledge of BAS system architecture, configurations, and terminology.
- Ability to read and interpret mechanical, electrical, and control design drawings and schematics.
- Familiarity with equipment testing and calibration, including using digital and analog manometers, air and water differential pressure sensors, temperature calibration for RTD, thermocouple, and thermistor temperature sensors, humidity sensors, CO2 sensors, and thermography.
- Ability to respond to and provide resolution for fault detection diagnostics, alarms, and analytics.
- Experience with pneumatic controls.
- Familiarity with air and water balancing equipment and techniques.
- Ability to work independently under minimal supervision, exercising sound judgment and applying good problem-solving skills while relaying information to all impacted parties.
- Works to efficiently accomplish assignments, including determining means and methods, task planning, parts identification and procurement, required shop collaboration(s), necessary tools and diagnostic devices, coordination with customer and/or project manager for space access and downtime, and safety protocols.
- Ability and willingness to communicate and collaborate with the FO&M engineering team, trades shops, and Technology Services and IT teams.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Experience with computers and Windows operating system, and programming languages.
- Successfully completes and remains certified and compliant in all safety related course work as required by the College.
- Willingness to work outside of normal work hours if needed to assist shop personnel with responding to campus-wide or building critical emergencies.
- Customer service orientation with a strong commitment to a diverse working environment and to serving the needs of a large and diverse community.
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Energy Program Manager, Scott Hening
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Equal Opportunity Employer
Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.
Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Dartmouth vehicle or off road vehicle, rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job?
Special Instructions to Applicants
All Dartmouth College employees, whether working on-site or remotely, are required to be up to date with vaccination against COVID -19 (or to have received an approved exemption from vaccination through the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity). Please visit https://dartgo.org/vaxpolicy for details. Compliance with this requirement is a condition of employment. Failure to meet this condition of employment within the first 30 days may result in Dartmouth in its sole discretion ending employment.
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- Reports to and works with the Energy Program Manager. Also works with FO&M MEP engineers including Mechanical Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Energy Management System Engineer, and Director of Engineering and Utilities, multiple College trade shops, and Technology Services and IT.
- Interprets, modifies, and makes complex programming modifications to campus control systems and devices to improve system energy efficiency and performance.
- Develops and programs complex sequences of operation. Programs sequences provided by FO&M engineers or outside engineering consultants as applicable.
- Works with FO&M engineers, BAS shop, and contractors as applicable to commission controls and adjust as necessary to deliver the intended performance.
- Designs HVAC controls systems and provides guidance and documentation for installation by the BAS and Electrical shops and/or outside controls and electrical contractors. Utilizes available documentation to design systems such as engineered details, sketches, wiring diagrams, O&M and As-Built documentation, and design documents. Independently searches for documentation on the Web or through manufacturer’s representatives when information is missing or unavailable.
- Specifies and procures materials and equipment.
- Provides budget estimates for controls upgrades and installations.
- Produces As-Built documentation and coordinates storage/archiving of documentation with the BAS shop.
- Supports integration of BACnet, Lon, and Modbus controllers and devices and other building control and energy management systems into the BAS . Other systems include: Campus Energy Management System, Trane, Phoenix, Aircuity, Schneider, lighting control systems (such as Lutron and Digital Lumens), automatic fault detection and diagnostic platforms (such as Clockwork Analytics), and others.
- Provides engineering oversight for Building Automation Systems on new construction and major renovation projects, including design review and construction administration services such as shop drawing review, field inspections, and commissioning.
- Participates in meetings as required, including engineering, BAS Shop, project, and commissioning meetings.
- Commissions and recommissions HVAC system controls and other automated building systems including lighting systems.
- Assists Energy Management Program as requested. Tasks may include troubleshooting of efficiency issues, actioning recommendations from Automatic Fault Detection and Diagnostics ( AFDD ) software, assisting the persistence commissioning technician, and assistance with Measurement and Verification (M&V) efforts associated with energy projects and energy conservation measures.
- Works with FO&M Engineering to maintain and update campus Design and Construction Guidelines associated with Controls Systems.
BAS Operational Support and Troubleshooting
- Provides input and recommendations for BAS system troubleshooting and upgrades.
- Advises BAS shop on required maintenance and repair needs. Generates work orders for maintenance shops as appropriate.
- In a collaborative fashion, provides advice and direction to Dartmouth technicians and vendors/contractors on how to troubleshoot, repair, install, and program controls.
- Utilizes sensors, instrumentation, monitoring systems including data loggers, trended data, and other diagnostic tools to analyze and troubleshoot system malfunctions and performance issues.
- Creates and provides major modifications to BAS graphics as necessary. Supports BAS shop technicians with making minor modifications to BAS graphics and programming.
- Communicates programming changes made to the control systems to members of the BAS shop and BAS shop supervisor, engineering staff, contractors and others as required, and assists in tracking and documenting changes made by vendors and other staff.
- Coordinates with BAS shop to maintain records of control system installations, controller locations and configurations, modifications, repairs, calibrations, and tests using spreadsheets, databases, Word documents, drawings, etc. as appropriate.
- Works with and provides direction to technicians engaged in troubleshooting activities including testing and calibration of system components and sensors using tools and equipment such as manometer, psychrometer, thermometer, digital temperature, humidity and CO2 sensors, current sensors, data loggers, and digital multimeter to detect and isolate problems and determine where adjustments are necessary.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We are actively striving to make Campus Services a desired place to work in the Upper Valley, a place where people feel welcomed, where they can be their authentic selves, be heard, and feel accepted. We want this culture to be felt by those who receive our services. The way we treat one another should be the same way we treat our customers.
- Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.
- Participates in division wide DEI initiatives and training, including promotion of the 7 Principles (Empathy, Fair, Dependable, Inclusive, Considerate, Vulnerability and Respect)
- Willingness to foster a growth mindset in the areas of increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion across the division
- Collaborates, when appropriate, on other DEI -related initiatives within the division and College
Work is generally conducted in an office setting, though field work will be necessary to inspect control devices and sensors and access control panels. Field work could require any/all of the following:
- Bending, kneeling, standing, climbing, and working in stretched, cramped or awkward positions.
- Working on ladders or in confined spaces.
- Indoors, outdoors, in harsh weather, in areas that are potentially dirty, dusty, and/or where odors or fumes are present.
- Work may involve or require wearing personal protective equipment ( PPE ) and/or special protective clothing such as gloves and goggles and ARC rated clothing.
Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.
Performs other duties as assigned.
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