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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
The Office of Physical Plant is an organization driven by its mission to "Provide Excellent Facilities Services for Penn State." Our values model those of Penn State's and we are especially committed to our vision to "have a culture of inclusion and diversity where everyone enjoys coming to work." As a primary leader within Physical Plant, it will be expected that the incoming leader be able to embody and model Penn State's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as the commitment expressed by Finance and Business.
This position will report to the Facility Automation Services-Support Services Supervisor and will be responsible for developing comprehensive applications and engineered solutions for specific projects, as well as providing technical support to the field organization. This office-based position is responsible for the technical support and issues resolution of the PSU-owned Tridium Niagara building controls systems, specifically the Distech application, using company tools and operating protocols. Receives system trouble tickets from both internal and external sources to resolve building automation systems. Some travel may be required.
Review project specifications and develop the required documentation.
Maintain, adjust, calibrate, troubleshoot, and install direct digital controls (DDC) on new and existing campus DDC, building automation, and energy management systems.
Principal responder for campus Tridium Niagara heating and cooling issues, providing technical resolution to DDC, building automation, and related issues.
Will need to read, understand, and interpret technical and construction-related documents (drawings, technical manuals, and specifications), to determine appropriate equipment and materials required for proper methods of repair or installation.
Perform point-to-point system check-outs and participates in new and renovated system startups.
Ensure proper software setup, programming, and communication with the server(s). Provide technical support, direction, and guidance to end-users and other trades personnel.
Maintain technical proficiency in building system applications through regular educational activities such as seminars, training classes, conferences, and self-education.
Respond to campus emergencies, both during the day and after hours, as needed.
Use campus software tools and other documentation methods to effectively develop, organize and maintain necessary work-related technical documentation.
Possess master-level technical ability of DDC control theory and building operations, in order to perform investigations of complex HVAC system controls and functionality issues, evaluate alternate solutions and provide sound recommendations to supervisors, shop personnel, and others.
Must possess journey-level knowledge of the potential occupational hazards connected with electrical and building system controls. Will work along with the associated safety standards and practices which should be applied.
Have the ability to conduct detailed field inspections of new construction, renovations, or stand-alone projects. Will provide recommendations to supervisors, tech reps, and others in order to optimize shop level support for campus capital and major maintenance programs.
Have the ability to read and interpret both electric and automatic temperature control drawings and technical manuals for all systems and equipment serviced. Must have a willingness to initiate productive work activity, work independently from both written and verbal work orders and accept responsibility for these work assignments.
The successful candidate must be available for emergency after hour's work, which may require carrying a cell phone. Typically requires a bachelor's degree or higher plus seven years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Additional years' experience in HVAC Controls/Building Automation, Applications Engineering, and DDC Programming is strongly preferred.
The ideal candidate will have extensive field experience installing, troubleshooting, and designing Tridium Niagara-based applications and have a current Niagara AX or N4 Factory Certification. Journey level experience in the use of computers and associated software to maintain, adjust, operate, repair, troubleshoot, and install Direct Digital Controls on non-Tridium based systems such as Johnson Controls, Automated Logic, and Delta building automation systems is a plus. This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver's license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks.
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Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.
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