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Energy/Controls Technician

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Energy/Controls Technician
Department Facilities, Engineering, & Planning - BRC
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S18167
Open Date 10/26/2017
Close Date
Salary Information

Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mandatory overtime and weekends, as needed.

Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime Yes
Position Summary

The Energy/Controls Technician performs a variety of skilled duties related to energy conservation initiatives for the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC). Some of these duties include supporting the calibration and servicing of all building utility metering equipment, testing, re-commissioning, and modifying HVAC systems sequence of operations, and building schedules to improve efficiencies for energy conservation. The BRC Energy/Controls Technician also maintains, repairs, calibrates, and monitors all chilled water, steam, and electric meters for the BRC; works closely with the FE&P Energy Tiger Team on energy conservation initiatives and related energy conservation projects; and works closely with the BRC Management and Maintenance team to address, repair, and replace deficient system components and instruments. The BRC Energy/Controls Technician also oversees the execution of energy work orders, and develops programming strategies that can be deployed to help reduce energy consumption.

This position requires on-call work on a rotating basis for the purpose of responding to call-out work after hours and on weekends.

Education Required HS Diploma or equivalent
Concentration / Degree Type
Substitution for Education Requirement

Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.

Education Preferred

Associate’s degree in instrumentation, controls, computers, electrical maintenance, or a related technical field.

Experience Required 5 years
Type of Experience

Experience with a combination of formal training and hands-on experience in building automation systems (BAS), HVAC controls, energy management systems, metering devices (temperature, pressure, flow and electrical), instrumentation (calibration of 4-20ma current loops, RTDs, flow and pressure transmitters), and electronic and pneumatic process controls.

Substitution for Experience Requirement

Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred

- Some experience with metering and /or building control systems.
- 10 years of experience with a combination of formal training and hands-on experience in HVAC controls, energy management systems, metering devices (temperature, pressure, flow and electrical), instrumentation (calibration of 4-20ma current loops, RTDS, flow and pressure transmitters), electronic and pneumatic process control. Experience should include configuration and startup as well as installation and should be specific to at least one of the following: Siemens Building Technologies, Tridium (Niagara AX), Circon Systems, Invensys Controls, TAC Controls and Automation, Distech Controls, and Phoenix Controls.

License/Certification Required

Refrigerant Transition & recovery certification or the ability to obtain one within 12 months of being hired.

License/Certification Preferred

Texas State Air Conditioning License

Skills Required

- Good technical skills and analytical ability is essential. Must have a solid understanding of HVAC controls.
- Must know and understand electric circuitry and pneumatic controls.
- Must have computer abilities. Systems are sophisticated, state of-the-art interactive. The capability to fully understand these systems is essential in order to assure the most reliable and efficient operation of equipment.
- Must have the ability to quickly learn how to properly operate, maintain and calibrate these complex systems.
- Must apply safe work habits for safety of self and coworkers, uses tools and protective equipment carefully and correctly, and follow department and university safety rules.
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills are necessary.

Skills Preferred

- Electronic repairs down to the component level, ability to read drawings and blueprints.
- Complete understanding of building, heating, and chill water systems and the controls associated with them.

Internal / External Contacts

Internal:
Frequent work with other HVAC craftsmen. Occasional work with other crafts. Interfacing with students, faculty, staff and other BRC building personnel as well as contractors and vendors as the work requires.

External:
Communicates with vendors, contractors and service representatives regarding various equipment and systems.

Physical Demands

- Position requires moderate to heavy physical activity.
- Must be able to bend, stoop, climb, and stand/walk for extended periods of time.
- Must be able to lift equipment loads (up to 50 lbs) and be able to carry objects up to 50 lbs.
- Must use stairs and ladders frequently. Conditions include need to walk through tunnels and climb over piping and equipment.
- Must use power tools and equipment.

Working Conditions

This position is considered essential during a campus emergency. The incumbent in this position is expected to report to the BRC, provide the essential services designated and work under the overall direction of the BRC Director of Operations and Rice Crisis Management Team for the duration of a campus emergency. This may include working in flood or storm conditions to repair or restore damaged facilities and distribution systems.

Work requires exposure to high pressure boilers and steam piping, high voltage electrical systems, rotating equipment, and other potentially dangerous equipment.

Extended hours and call-outs will be necessary when problems develop that require special attention. Modified work schedule may also be required as part of the BRC Emergency Rideout Team. Will be “on call” on a regular schedule.

Must frequently work in confined spaces such as mechanical rooms, which may not be air conditioned or heated. Will require working in dusty, dirty and wet conditions on occasion. Hearing protection, safety glasses and steel-toed shoes may be required as deemed necessary for safety in various areas in BRC facilities.

Security Sensitive Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Quick Link for Posting http://jobs.rice.edu/postings/12183

Job Duties

Job Duty Name Energy Conservation duties:
Description of Job Duty

- Creates work requests for BRC maintenance staff to perform as related to energy conservation initiatives through installing, inspecting, testing, calibrating and repairing pneumatic, electrical and electronic control equipment, meters and instrumentation related to heating, ventilation, air conditioning, fume hood and exhaust systems. Follows up with the BRC Director of Operations and BRC Construction Services Manager to make sure all work requests have been accurately completed.
- Identifies energy conservation measures in the BRC building by making inspections, identifying deficiencies, and implementing ways to fully utilize and improve existing building systems.
- Identifies and corrects areas where energy is being wasted, and implements and identifies energy conservation measures and projects.
- Identifies utility-saving measures and makes recommendations for the annual utility budget.
- Develops and applies a thorough understanding of the operation of the building utility metering system, including meter technology types and brands, meter operation, and meter interconnections with data reporting systems.
- Develops (and submits for approval) meter and meter installation specifications for new and replacement campus building meters including steam, steam condensate, chilled water, electrical, and compressed air meters.
- Reviews and recommends approval for construction submittals dealing with new or replaced meters.
- Coordinates the ordering, receiving, and installation (including outages) of replacement building meters and meter components for outdated or failed meters or meter components using FE&P or contractor support as needed.
- Performs calibrations of campus meter components requiring calibration.

Percentage of Time 80
Job Duty Name Controls Technician duties:
Description of Job Duty

- Performs a daily review of the system; troubleshoots and makes sure necessary changes are made in programming and calibration to assure proper operation of controls and instrumentation.
- Assists the BRC Management team as needed to keep work orders and projects on track and correctly prioritized.
- Accurately document work performed.

Percentage of Time 20

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a high school diploma or equivalent?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have five years of experience with a combination of formal training and hands-on experience in building automation systems (BAS), HVAC controls, energy management systems, metering devices (temperature, pressure, flow and electrical), instrumentation (calibration of 4-20ma current loops, RTDs, flow and pressure transmitters), and electronic and pneumatic process controls?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a current Refrigerant Transition & Recovery certification or the ability to obtain one within 12 months of being hired?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Please describe your experience with HVAC controls, energy management systems, metering devices (temperature, pressure, flow and electrical) instrumentation (calibration of 4-20ma current loops, RTDs, flow and pressure transmitters), and electronic and pneumatic process controls.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please describe your experience with basic plumbing systems.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please describe your experience with basic mechanical systems.

    (Open Ended Question)