Controls Technician I/II

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Facilities

The Controls Technician is responsible for the repair, maintenance, and operational management of the campus HVAC systems and associated controls including the BAS (Building Automation System). This position requires knowledge associated with HVAC systems including DX systems, hydronic systems and components, fans and fan motors, pumps and pump motors, electronic and pneumatic controls and associated safety, overcurrent and other equipment protection devices. If this is your area of expertise, apply for this first-shift, weekday, benefits eligible position.  

The successful candidate will be hired into either a Controls Technician I or a Controls Technician II position based on qualifications and experience.

Job Duties for Controls Technician I and II include, but may not be limited to: 
• Troubleshoot, maintain, inspect, modify and repair heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems and equipment including DX and hydronic systems and components, fans and fan motors, pumps and pump motors, electric controls and associated safety, overcurrent and other equipment protection devices.
• Implement the campus Building Automation System (BAS) and HVAC controls to maximize occupant comfort and system efficiency and minimize energy consumption.  Includes:
   - Modifying control system software, including operator interface graphics and logic
   - Write, debug, code, analyze and enhance programs including PID loop tuning to balance energy management with comfort control
   - Developing reports, trends, etc.
   - Monitoring building and equipment alarms and responding accordingly
• Commission, calibrate, and test all temperature control components within a building's temperature control system to maintain optimal system performance and energy efficiency including:
   - Install, troubleshoot and repair all field devices of the direct digital control (DDC) systems within a building including microprocessor based controllers, relays, sensors, thermostats, actuators and all related wiring.
   - Inspect, adjust, calibrate, install and replace pneumatic thermostats and system controllers. Troubleshoot and repair pneumatic controlled mechanical equipment 
• Operate multi-meters, amp probes, pneumatic test gauges, air velocity meters and air/water flow balancing equipment in conjunction with above.

Additional job duties for a Control Technician II include:
• Apply fundamentals of basic general wiring in selection of wire size, insulation and number of conductors for safe supply of required voltage and amperage. Pull wire and terminate devices.
• Provide support for projects including reviewing project documents, performing outages related to projects, reviewing control sequence of operation to be incorporated into design plans, performing quality assurance inspections and attending project walks-thrus.
• Complete small controls projects including procuring parts, pulling wire, installing associated equipment, and performing equipment start-up and final commissioning.
• Coordinate and prioritize tasks for BAS contractors including warranty items, corrective maintenance issues and retro-commissioning (RCx) activities.
• Provide BAS and controls training to peers as needed.

Education/Experience required for Controls Technician I
High School Diploma or equivalent with strong math and shop background and 3 years commercial/institutional experience in the operation, maintenance, inspection, installation and modification of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, controls and associated components OR two year technical degree from a qualified technical or trade school with emphasis in HVAC along with one year commercial/institutional experience.

Education/Experience required for Controls Technician II
5 years commercial/institutional experience in the operation, maintenance, inspection, installation and modification of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, controls and associated components OR two year technical degree from a qualified technical or trade school with emphasis in HVAC along with 3 years commercial/institutional experience.

For both levels, candidates will have:
• Thorough working knowledge of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and associated pneumatic, electronic and other programmable logic controls.
• Working knowledge of electrical, oil, gas, steam, and condensate systems and associated equipment.
• Thorough working knowledge of methods, materials, tools and equipment used in the HVAC trade as well as applicable federal, state and local health and safety code requirements.
• Familiarity with standard industry safety procedures related to the operation of mechanical and electrical equipment, use of tools and equipment, personal protective equipment, etc.
• Ability to interpret engineering drawings and specifications to determine layout for mechanical systems.
• Ability to understand oral and written instructions and procedures.
• Computer literacy.
• Ability to work independently and as a team member; take initiative; use good judgment; and communicate effectively.
• Strong customer-focus and time management skills.
• A valid driver's license and the ability to drive University vehicles.

Physical Demands:
• Lift and carry up to 75 lbs unassisted.
• Move around work sites including climb ladders, stairs and scaffolds; enter and exit trenches, crawl spaces and confined areas; work on scaffolds, elevated walkways, roofs and elevated areas.
• Use proper safety equipment for ears, head, eyes, feet, hands and body protection.
• Work indoors and outdoors. There is daily exposure to dust, dirt, weather, and temperature changes.
• This position is classified as part of essential services - report to work even if campus has a delayed opening, early closing, or is closed, unless instructed otherwise by Facilities Supervisor or when there are concerns related to personal safety.
• This is normally a first shift, weekday position, but may require occasional shift work.

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About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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