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Building Automation/Energy Specialist

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 19, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Computer Services & Information Technology, Facilities Management & Physical Plant, Safety & Security
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Description

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Arizona campus is looking to hire a Building Automation/Energy Specialist to support the . Embry-Riddle's Prescott Campus is respected worldwide for cutting-edge instruction and training for tomorrow’s aviation, aerospace, security and intelligence leaders. Prescott is a mile-high city and its climate reflects seasonable weather excellent for flying. Daytime averages are 80°F in the summer and 45°F in the winter. At 5,000 ft. above sea level, it boasts a mild climate, clean air, pristine wilderness areas, and nearby national forests. The university is a small, private, residential university in the mountains of Arizona with approximately 3,500 students. Staff/faculty/student interaction is highly valued and is a central theme of our campus. It is located 100 miles north of Phoenix and 120 miles south of the Grand Canyon.

Job Summary:

Manage, operate and monitor web-based energy management system to include continuous systems evaluation, energy totalization (the study of power consumption and impact on energy usage) and systems energy tuning to insure energy (including electrical and natural gas) consumption is reduced. Insure energy consumption remains at minimal levels by maintaining the campus within the accepted set-points and parameters. Specialist is to initially determine opportunities to reduce consumption, and then through constant monitoring, refining and tuning, realize savings (through cost avoidance). Specialist will monitor utility bills and consumption and report areas that exceed acceptable consumption levels and determine options to reign in excessive usage.

Job Duties:

Primary on-site systems operator for Johnson Controls web-based energy management system. Includes continuous reconfirmation of all system devices, re-evaluation of all building set-points in order to identify potential problems, constant recommissioning of all HVAC systems, and reviewing logistics of all heating and air conditioning systems in order to maximize efficiency from all systems and realize savings in order to reduce consumption of natural resources and reduce budget expenditures on the Daytona Beach Campus. This position is also responsible for:
  • Development of energy tracking charts to identify energy usage and savings
  • Assist with the design and implementation of new control strategies as the system is tuned and expanded
  • Train the remaining HVAC Technicians to monitor and reprogram the Energy Management System
  • Will also assist other campuses as requested.
  • These functions are completed under the direction and with the authority of the Director of Facilities Management
Assist fellow HVAC Technicians in the repair and maintenance of HVAC systems across campus to include the following:
  • Analyze and maintain all types of institutional and commercial HVAC control systems and associated devices
  • Analyze and maintain HVAC systems at optimum operating efficiencies
  • Post and decommissioning of existing building HVAC systems
  • Respond to occupants complaints concerning space comfort levels in a timely manner
  • Troubleshoot and upgrade existing HVAC Control Systems as needed.
  • Ability to troubleshoot large HVAC systems exceeding 1,000 tons of cooling capacity.
  • Service commercial gas fired kitchen equipment in all Food Services operations on campus.
Other job duties as assigned.

Acting Foreman of HVAC Department whenever Foreman is absent.

ERAU benefits include:
  • Retirement Plan - ERAU offers immediate vesting and provides a 6% gift and will match up to 3.5% of employee contributions

  • Two BC/BS health plans – PPO and high deductible plan with a health savings account

  • Tuition waivers for employees, spouses, and dependent children

  • Use of various campus services: fitness center, library, mail room and enjoy observation flights


Formal diploma/certificate/degree program of 6-18 months after high school. Area of study: HVAC Technical School Training – No longer offered as an A.S. Degree.

Minimum of five to ten years of work related experience.

Required licenses, certificates, and /or security clearances:
  • CFC Certification
  • Johnson Controls HVAC Control Logics classes – 40 hours
  • Johnson Controls “Control Programming training – 10 hours
  • Must possess and maintain a universal refrigerant recovery license (EPA Issued)
  • Must possess and maintain a Natural and Propane Gas Certificate
  • Must possess and maintain an active Drivers’ License with an acceptable driving record
Required skills, knowledge, abilities:
  • Analytical skills with an in depth knowledge of information systems and technical expertise with Microsoft operating systems, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook/email, and Internet end-user applications.
  • Must be able to read blueprints for buildings (architectural), mechanical (HVAC), Plumbing (pumps and drainage systems) and control logic diagrams for equipment sequences of operation.
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal codes applicable to this trade
  • Ability to service gas equipment (propane and natural)
  • Ability to provide and present ideas for operational improvements for Energy Management System.
  • Understand building EMS hardware and software systems and configurations
  • Understand HVAC Ice Building Concepts and Evaluating System Burn Rates
  • Knowledge of Johnson Controls products including DX and NAE controllers
  • Proficient with HVAC PRO and LON Works programs
  • Must be familiar with Safety “Best Practices” associated with the nature of this position.
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