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Building Automation Tech I (35025) EXTENDED

Northern Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 30, 2023
Position Summary

This position will perform several duties related to the Universities building automation systems ( BAS ). This person will inspect, troubleshoot, and maintain BAS throughout campus, involving trades and/or contract personnel as necessary. This individual will also review the existing building automation systems and assist with their design and/or revision.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Perform routine technical duties in maintaining and troubleshooting BAS devices, sensors and controls. Be responsible for BAS hardware, applications, databases, data files and computer workstations associated with the BAS . Serve as the BAS system administrator. Ensure the BAS is backed up regularly. Troubleshoot and coordinate repair as necessary of BAS components, computer hardware and software, communications equipment, circuit boards, power supplies, electrical/electronic controls, sensors and transducers. Maintain inventory and records of BAS equipment. – 25%
  • Perform routine technical duties in maintaining and troubleshooting Key Control software. Be responsible for Key Control software, applications, databases, data files and computer workstations associated with software. Serve as the Key control software system administrator. Ensure the Key Control software is backed up regularly. – 25%
  • Assist with duties relating to the daily operations and upkeep of the department’s technical systems and work management system. Perform these duties in the absence of the supervisor or as directed by him/her. Support and maintain embedded systems and associated equipment used by Facilities Management and Campus Services -25%
  • Create reports and datasets to support campus operations and business. Gather data from field devices as needed. – 10%
  • Participate as a technical resource on teams implementing new technologies and processes for the department. Contribute to the success of objectives. Train end users on new software and workflows. -10%
  • Perform other miscellaneous, related duties as assigned. -5%
Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)

  1. Any one or any combination totaling two (2) years (24 months) from the following categories:
    1. course work in building automation systems, electrical engineering, HVAC technology or a closely related field, as measured by the following conversion table or its proportional equivalent:
      • 30 semester hours equals one (1) year (12 months)
      • Associate’s Degree (60 semester hours) equals eighteen months (18 months)
      • 90 semester hours equals two (2) years (24 months)
      • Bachelor’s Degree (120 semester hours) equals three (3) years (36 months)
    2. work experience involving maintenance of a building automation system.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) (Civil Service)

  1. Knowledge of basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, and their applications.
  2. Knowledge of basic electronics principles.
  3. Knowledge of computer hardware and software.
  4. Skill in reading blueprints and schematics.
  5. Skill in record keeping.
  6. Ability to identify problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  7. Ability to learn the buildings and general layout of the institution served.

Specialty Factors (Civil Service)


Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)
  • Knowledge of basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, and their applications.
  • Knowledge of basic electronics principles.
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software.
  • Skill in reading blueprints and schematics.
  • Skill in record keeping.
  • Ability to identify problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Ability to learn the buildings and general layout of the institution served.
Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)


Additional Requirements (SPS)


Preferred Qualifications (SPS)


Physical demands/requirements

• Must be able to work indoors, outdoors, and construction sites which can vary in environmental conditions.
• Must be able to carry equipment between buildings.

Appointment and Compensation Details

Appointment and Compensation Details

Anticipated Appointment Start Date


Anticipated Appointment End Date

Percent of Staff Year


Standard Hours Per Week



$37,440-$41,600 annual

Hourly or Semi-monthly Pay Rate/Range


Earn Type


Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Application Procedures:
  1. Fully complete the Education and Work History sections of the application. Be specific on your entire work history, including employment dates and duties for all positions held. Applicable part-time work experience will be considered toward qualifying for this position; however, it will be converted to a full-time equivalency to determine combined length of experience. Important: Please upload any unofficial transcript(s) and/or documentation that verifies any education, experience, and/or training you have received. If eligible for Veteran’s Preference Points, DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256 paperwork reflecting an Honorable Discharge MUST be uploaded to this application to receive the maximum eligible points on the Civil Service examination.
  2. After the posting has closed, your submission will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the classification, including any specialty factors associated with this position. If you meet the minimum required qualifications for this position, you will receive a score based on your education and experience, and your name will be placed on the active employment register.
  3. Please monitor your e-mail for further information regarding your application. Emails will be generated from and . Please add these emails to your address book to ensure timely delivery of any future communication.
  4. Illinois residency required within 180 days of the hire date.

Credentials Assessment Examination:
  • The examination for this position is a Credentials Assessment and is based on your application materials as submitted for this posting. A Credential Assessment is a rating by the Human Resources Office of an applicant’s/employee’s education, experience, and special credentials/qualifications (licenses, etc.). Applicants are required to upload documentation to verify the minimum qualifications for this position has been met.
Additional Details:
  • Click on Building Automation Technician I for more information including salary ranges, typical duties, minimum acceptable qualifications, and testing requirements.
  • Please click on Human Resource Services – Benefits for detailed information about Northern Illinois University’s benefits package.
  • Employment is contingent upon your passing a criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.
Special Instructions

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EEO Statement Summary

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230

Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form . For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity ( AAEO ) at .

Safety Information

NIU provides annual reports on campus security and fire safety.

Read the Annual Safety and Security Report. Contact the Ethics and Compliance Office at 815-753-1649 for a hard copy.

Read the Fire Safety Report . Contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 815-753-0404 for a hard copy.
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents
  1. List of at least 3 References
  2. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  3. Transcripts #2 (unofficial with official required at hire)
  4. Certifications/Licensure #1
  5. Military Discharge Documents ONLY (DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256)
  6. Other

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you currently a citizen or resident of the State of Illinois?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
    • 0-1
    • 1-3
    • 3-5
    • 5-7
    • 7+
  3. * Please provide the name of the employer and the dates of employment where you gained this experience. Please note that this information must be verified on an NIU application and/or resume.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * What is the highest level of education attained?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Have you attached all transcripts to support the degrees you are submitting for consideration?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * If applicable, have you attached a copy of your DD214, DD215, NGB22, or DD256 for consideration of Veterans Preference Points? The copy submitted should reflect the status of discharge in order to be considered.
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable

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