Senior Digital Controls Technician - Facilities/Operations - Texas Medical Center at UTHealth in Houston, Texas

Posted in General Business 9 days ago.

Type: Full-Time





Job Description:


Position Summary:

UTHealth Facilities, Planning & Engineering department has a new and exciting opportunity; joining our organization as a Senior Digital Controls Technician or Senior Level (5) Building Automation System (BAS) Technician. Selected candidate will be responsible for installation, diagnosis and repair of digital controls and building automation systems in the monitoring and operation of building equipment used to support and maintain the environment within administrative, service, and research facilities campus-wide. Experience with providing HVAC troubleshooting with AHUs and VAV boxes, and BAS programming is highly recommended for this position. The candidate selected must have experience with basic instrumentation, low voltage wiring and signals.

This is a full-time role that is classified as non-exempt and eligible for all benefits from UTHealth. These include excellent healthcare options as well as participation in a State-run retirement program. You will be working in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, and will be required to be on-site for this position.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  • Maximizes utility savings and effective operational control of equipment using the energy management control system (EMCS)/building automation system (BAS) which includes monitoring, adjusting, balancing, testing, calibrating, scheduling, troubleshooting, repairing, installing, performance testing, and commissioning direct digital controls (DDC) controls, and performs database backups and systems software and hardware upgrades. Affected equipment and systems include, but are not limited to, HVAC, electrical, lighting, compressors, RO, domestic and lab water, fire, flood doors, sump pumps, vacuum, steam, and exhaust.
  • Installs and maintains metering devices. Sets up and records trends, historical, and totalization data logs to determine utility consumption and identify issues campus-wide. Performs system analysis and develops strategies to improve system efficiency using real time data, data logs, psychrometric chart, spreadsheets, and utility manager software applications.
  • Develops strategies for improving overall system efficiency. Maintains and configures control systems, develops and writes programs using various programming and graphical building automation software applications, and set limits for critical building and associated equipment alarms.
  • Responds to environmental calls (temperature, mechanical noise, odors, etc.) from internal and external customers and troubleshoots associated systems to determine the cause of the problem.
  • Works with Utilities Systems Manager and Project Management personnel to review, inspect, and record project information as needed. Works directly with contractors to define the project scope of work, collect quotes, and follow up on work performed. Provides support and training to other departmental personnel as required.
  • Receives, enters, and completes assigned work orders using the computerized maintenance manager system (CMMS) through personal computer (PC) and smartphone applications.
  • Required to carry a university communication device as assigned and respond to calls during normal business hours.
  • This job classification is designated as "essential" at the UT Health Science Center at Houston. In case of an emergency, "essential" positions are those required to sustain clinical services and/or are responsible for the protection of university assets. Personnel in designated "essential" positions are expected to report to their designated work site during their appointed work schedules, even when the institution has been officially declared to be on "restricted access" or "closed" due to adverse conditions.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Certification/Skills:

    Advanced building automation system (BAS) skills.
    Advanced understanding of laboratory environmental systems controls.
    Working knowledge of MS Office Suite software applications (Word, Excel, Visio, etc.).
    Familiar with BACnet and other Gateway protocols.
    Computer hardware and networking knowledge as well as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (mechanical equipment), electrical and basic electronics knowledge.
    Proficient in the use of electrical testing instruments such as digital multi meters, clamp-on ammeters, hand held temperature, humidity, and water hardness testing equipment, temperature and humidity data loggers, air flow testing and balancing equipment, and a psychrometric chart.

    Minimum Education:

    Associate's degree in HVAC or Instrumentation; or equivalent HVAC and Digital Controls experience in lieu of education.

    Minimum Experience:

    Five (5) years of experience in commissioning, installing, and operating direct digital controls and communications network without direct supervision.

    Physical Requirements:

    Exerts up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds frequently and/or up to 10 pounds constantly to move objects.

    Security Sensitive:

    This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215