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Building Controls Technician

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Pacific Lutheran University

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
November 26, 2019
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, Washington
Years of Experiences
Career Level
Education Level
Some High School Coursework, Certification
$28.85 to $33.65 USD Per Hour

About Pacific Lutheran University

Located on a 156-acre woodland campus, six miles south of Tacoma, in suburban Parkland, Washington, PLU is a private university dedicated to doing things differently since 1890. More than 800 employees at PLU hold positions as faculty members, administrators, academic and administrative staff, including trades and support services. With a tradition of rigorous liberal arts and professional programs, we are committed to developing ethical and educated individuals who are prepared for a lifetime of success—both in their careers and in service to others. The faculty, staff, and administrators of PLU are similarly devoted to service. Working on a university campus requires a commitment to caring for our students, colleagues, campus, and community. Whether staff are preparing meals in the dining hall, processing payments in the Business Office, maintaining our trees and grounds, or teaching a class, all positions are critical to the success of PLU, our students, and staff.

Contact name
Human Resources

Job description

FT; Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm.

The Building Controls Technician performs maintenance duties and adjustment and repair of electric, electronic, pneumatic, and direct digital-controlled building automation systems. This position is responsible for monitoring, troubleshooting, modifying, calibrating, and programming system features and responding to technical and mechanical problems either remotely or on-site, to ensure a clean, safe, and attractive learning environment. This position also makes decisions based upon sound maintenance practices. This position reports to Maintenance Manager.

-Troubleshoot, modify, and adjust computer-based heating, ventilation, and AC controls systems.
-Fabricate and implement programs or building control strategies.
-Repair and maintain individual hardware and software components of applicable systems.
-Perform major to minor overhauls, including disassembling and inspection of all parts, replacing worn and defective parts, reassembling of all equipment and controls, and testing to ensure proper functions.
-Train others on troubleshooting, overhaul, repair, calibration, and testing of controls.
-Operate and maintain all control systems on campus including graphics, pneumatic controls, direct digital controls, variable frequency drives, energy management computer, managing data points, and ensuring that they are operating properly and accurately.
-Respond to service requests to adjust airflow, temperature, and humidity for rooms and buildings.
-Respond to daytime emergency calls within one hour and be on-call for weekend/evening emergencies.
-Inspect renovations and modifications installed by contractors to ensure compliance with specifications.
-Assist in development of energy-tracking systems to identify energy usage and savings along with implementations of new control strategies.
-Perform other duties as assigned.

-Knowledge of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
-Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
-Working knowledge of energy management systems including the ability to understand/use system features.
-Knowledge of heating, AC equipment, pneumatic controls, electrical, and electronic control systems.
-Ability to read, write, and perform calculations including the ability to read, interpret, and work from blueprints, plans, drawings, and specifications; ability to make rough sketches.
-Ability to perform emergency repairs in many areas along with the ability to perform delicate repairs.
-Ability to work independently as well as establish and maintain relations with faculty, staff, and students.
-Ability to make decisions and work independently without close supervision.

1. High school diploma or GED.
2. Technical/trade school graduation or 2 years of an equivalent apprenticeship.
3. Valid driver’s license (Must have had a valid driver’s license for at least 2 years).
4. Finalist applicants must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background check, pass PLU’s Driver’s Certification Training, and provide an original copy of their Driving Record (5-year Employment Abstract).

-3 years of experience in the field of DDC and other control systems pertaining to HVAC.

-May often be exposed to hot, dry, dusty, cold, wet, and/or humid conditions.
-Work around heavy equipment with large, awkward tools.
-Occasionally work in high places.

-Ability to regularly lift up to 10 pounds, frequently lift/move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift/move up to 50 pounds unassisted.
-Ability to bend, reach, stoop, kneel, stand, and walk; may occasionally be required to climb, balance, or work in cramped areas.
-Good physical strength, hearing, and vision.

PLU offers an excellent benefits package including tuition remission for employees and their dependents, retirement plan, medical, dental, paid vacation, major holidays off, and many other great university benefits.