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Vanderbilt University Controls Specialist - First Shift in Nashville, Tennessee

Controls Specialist - First Shift (Job Number: 1900769)


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

  • Responsible for end to end testing, downloadingprogramming, starting up, commissioning, retro-commissioning, andservicing on assigned projects.

  • Monitor and calibrate building system controls toachieve better operation and energy efficiency as instructed.

  • Assist in the accumulation of data necessary tofacilitate improved operation of HVAC systems for effective EnergyManagement.

  • Determine nature and depth of malfunctions and initiateaction to repair, or provide information to resolve and/or modifyoperating parameters.

  • Complete detailed test and repair records andfile/store as required.

  • Refer to and understand engineering drawings and firesystems operating manuals.

  • Work with Campus Planning and Construction during newproject and renovation design, vendor commissioning and VanderbiltUniversity acceptance to ensure controls, fire, security, and accesscontrol systems meet or exceed Vanderbilt specifications for performance,efficiency, and code compliance prior to hand-off to Plant Operations.

  • Work with Zone Groups and Chilled Water DistributionGroup to troubleshoot control systems which control chillers, AHU’s,boilers, hot water converters, cooling towers, etc. to facilitatecorrection of malfunctions and system failures.

  • Analyze, diagnose, and repair direct digital controlsystems.

  • Perform preventative maintenance, site surveys,replacement, and modifications as needed to ensure maximum energyefficiency.

  • Prepare for on-site installation and repairs byexamining building layout, anticipating difficulties, gathering materialsand coordinating on-site work, as necessary.

  • Use a variety of hand tools, interpreting controldrawings, plans, and specifications, to mount, assemble, test, and programthe system.

  • Complete reports on a daily basis to ensure accuraterecord management of labor, material, and cost.

  • Research and recommend repair components and testequipment to assist management in calculating costs of repairs andupgrades.

  • Gather building HVAC and mechanical field data tofacilitate analysis of HVAC performance.

  • Assist others as requested to help troubleshoot HVACequipment to limit equipment downtime and resolve complaints and otherproblems related to campus HVAC equipment.

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

  • Provide mentorship to other team members on complexbuilding control, fire alarm, security, and access control systems andstrategies.

  • Conduct extensive self study to improve and maintaintechnical proficiency in building control systems and products.

  • Maintain flexibility to work overtime/weekends, asrequired.

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • Minimum of high school diploma or equivalent.

  • Valid driver's license.

  • Formal Electronics/Instrumentation training such asvocational/technical school, trade school, military, or apprenticeshipdesired.

  • Minimum of four (4) years electronics/instrumentationwork experience in all phases of pneumatic and DDC instrumentation, controlsystems, security systems, fire systems, access control systems andbuilding 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 verbal communication skills.

  • Experience with computerized service request system preferred.

  • Excellent customer service skills

  • Proven ability to work with a team of multi-craftedtrades people

  • Basic computer user skills are preferred to accesscomputerized service request system and Microsoft office products.

  • Knowledge and experience with Johnson Controls andAutomated Logic systems is a plus.

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university’s students, staff, 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. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2019 (Forbes).

About Vanderbilt Benefits

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.

Commitment to Equity,Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.

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: 37560 - Utility Distribution

Job: Service/Maintenance Staff

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