Vanderbilt University Controls Specialist - Facilities in Nashville, Tennessee

Controls Specialist - Facilities (Job Number: 1802029)


The Controls Specialists position is part of the Plant Operations department at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for providing skilled work to ensure safe, effective, and energy efficient operation of building control, fire, security and access control systems, and therefore, the learning environment (safety and comfort with energy efficiency) within Vanderbilt University’s buildings. This position is responsible for the commissioning, retro-commissioning, testing, maintenance, modification, repairs and record keeping of building control, utilizing knowledge of pneumatic, electric, electronics, direct digital control, airflow, hydronics, refrigeration theory, control strategies, fire alarm systems, security systems, access control systems, emergency/egress/lighting, card readers, and sprinkler monitor panels. This includes such hardware as thermostats, humidistats, receiver controllers, pneumatic actuators, safeties, pilot positioners, relays, sensors, field panels, wiring, power supplies, interface modules, manual pull stations as well as system operating manuals and engineered drawings. Reporting directly to the Controls Specialist Supervisor, the Controls Specialist will work as a partner and in collaboration with all departments throughout the VU campus on a daily basis.

Plant Operations provides facilities support for all construction, renovation, and routine maintenance of University Central space and facilities; housekeeping services for approximately 5.8 million square feet of academic, administrative, residential, and recreational space; grounds care for 330 acres that are a registered arboretum; turf care for athletic fields; and utilities for the University Central and the Medical Center.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsiblefor end to end testing, downloading programming, starting up,commissioning, retro-commissioning, and servicing on assigned projects.

  • Monitor and calibrate buildingsystem controls to achieve better operation and energy efficiency asinstructed.

  • Assist in the accumulation of datanecessary to facilitate improved operation of HVAC systems for effectiveEnergy Management.

  • Determine nature and depth ofmalfunctions and initiate action to repair, or provide information toresolve and/or modify operating parameters.

  • Complete detailed test and repairrecords and file/store as required.

  • Refer to and understand engineeringdrawings and fire systems operating manuals.

  • Work with Campus Planning andConstruction during new project and renovation design, vendorcommissioning and Vanderbilt University acceptance to ensure controls,fire, security, and access control systems meet or exceed Vanderbiltspecifications for performance, efficiency, and code compliance prior tohand-off to Plant Operations.

  • Work with Zone Groups and ChilledWater Distribution Group to troubleshoot control systems which controlchillers, AHU’s, boilers, hot water converters, cooling towers, etc. tofacilitate correction of malfunctions and system failures.

  • Analyze, diagnose,and repair direct digital control systems.

  • Performpreventative maintenance, site surveys, replacement, and modifications asneeded to ensure maximum energy efficiency.

  • Prepare foron-site installation and repairs by examining building layout,anticipating difficulties, gathering materials and coordinating on-sitework, as necessary.

  • Use a varietyof hand tools, interpreting control drawings, plans, and specifications,to mount, assemble, test, and program the system.

  • Complete reports on a daily basisto ensure accurate record management of labor, material, and cost.

  • Research and recommend repaircomponents and test equipment to assist management in calculating costs ofrepairs and upgrades.

  • Gather building HVAC and mechanicalfield data to facilitate analysis of HVAC performance.

  • Assist others as requested to helptroubleshoot HVAC equipment to limit equipment downtime and resolvecomplaints and other problems related to campus HVAC equipment.

  • Providesketches of field changes and discrepancies for engineering correctionsand drawings.

  • Provide mentorship to other teammembers on complex building control, fire alarm, security, and accesscontrol systems and strategies.

  • Conduct extensive self study toimprove and maintain technical proficiency in building control systems andproducts.

  • Maintain flexibilityto work overtime/weekends, as required.

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • Minimum of highschool diploma or equivalent.

  • Valid driver's license.

  • Formal Electronics/Instrumentationtraining such as vocational/technical school, trade school, military, orapprenticeship desired.

  • Minimum of four (4) yearselectronics/instrumentation work experience in all phases of pneumatic andDDC instrumentation, control systems, security systems, fire systems,access control systems and building automation systems. This includes rough wiring, wiring ofdevices and panels, and layout and installation of alarm devices, securitydevices access control devices and other system components.

  • Excellent written and verbalcommunication skills.

  • Experience with computerizedservice request system.

  • Excellent customer service skills

  • Proven ability to work with a teamof multi-crafted trades people

  • Basic computer user skills arerequired to access computerized service request system and Microsoftoffice products

  • Knowledge and experience withJohnson Controls and Automated Logic systems is a plus.

About Vanderbilt Benefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at .

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 37550 - Utility Operations

Job: Service/Maintenance Staff

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action