Building System Optimization Specialist
University of Arkansas at Little Rock - Little Rock, AR

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Posting Number

UALR Functional Title
Building System Optimization Specialist / R97230

Position Number

Facilities Mgmt-Administration

Position Summary
The Building System Optimization Specialist is responsible for the campus wide Energy Management Control System and in conjunction with the System Operator and department supervisors for uncovering opportunities to improve system efficiency and increase occupant satisfaction. This position will work closely with the campus HVAC and electrical technicians and is responsible for installation, maintenance, repair and replacement of building electrical, electronic, and electromechanical energy management system components.

This position reports to the Director of Energy Management and is responsible for continued development and management of the University’s strategic energy plan, with a focus on campus energy usage including cost and sustainability.

Job Duties and Responsibilities
  • Work with 120 voltages and below electrical control circuits.
  • Review and revise equipment schedules for related equipment that is controlled by the energy management control system to ensure systems are operating within established parameters.
  • Identify and resolve operation problems with the energy management system.
  • Troubleshoot, monitor, perform maintenance and make repairs as necessary to the campus energy management system including programming of control software.
  • Develop specifications and provide cost estimates for repairs, renovation and alterations to control equipment and software.
  • Coordinate service contracts, inspect contractor work (completed and in progress) to verify adherence to campus standards and specifications.
  • Read building plans and specifications, wiring diagrams, schematic drawings and engineering instruction for assembly, installation, programming, etc., of electrical and electronic units.
  • Assist the HVAC department with service calls and work orders as directed.
  • Assist department management in administrative functions and task as necessary.
  • Solve problems by fine-tuning key aspects of a controller and implementing permanent field changes.
  • Develop and maintain the master inventory of all control panels and point counts.
  • Maintain electronic log book of daily work activities.
  • Respond to after hour and emergency issues when called or notified electronically.
  • Attend all building and control system trainings provided by the University.
  • Participate in point to point check outs, functional checks and other activities related to commissioning of new control systems and retro-commissioning of existing control systems.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

      Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
      • Ability to work a flexible work schedule which includes nights, weekends, and holidays.
      • Possess a valid driver’s license and the ability to operate a motor vehicle.
      • Understanding of OSHA Safety Regulations.
      • Ability to apply critical thinking.
      • Ability to follow oral and written instructions and to express ideas effectively and concisely through the use of good oral and written communications skills.
      • Proven ability to work collaboratively both within the assigned discipline and in cross functional groups.
      • Maintain proficiency at current level and continually update knowledge through appropriate courses, seminars, publications and contact with others in the trade.
      • Understanding of the principals of operation of HVAC systems typically found on the University campus including chillers, boilers, direct expansion systems, hot and chilled water pumping, variable air handling systems, lighting controls, etc.
      • Knowledge of internet protocol standards and methods of interface between energy management control systems and University information technology infrastructure.
      • Knowledge of BACnet protocol and experience with existing control systems including Johnson Controls; Trane and Siemens.
      • Seek out and accept training from the Director of Energy Management Services and other professional staff (mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, etc.)
      • Knowledge of the type and uses of precision measuring equipment used in the control and analysis of energy management control performance including manometers, voltmeters, anemometers, tachometers, etc.
      • Knowledge of the fundamentals of electrical circuits practice.
      • Knowledge of a variety of low voltage and pneumatic HVAC control systems and the ability to modify and write operation sequence programming and develop effective system reporting tools.
      • Proficiency using typical word processing and spreadsheet programs such as MS Word and Excel.

          Required Education and/or Experience
          Bachelor degree and experience operating, maintaining and repairing building energy management systems, HVAC systems, IT systems or process controls. In lieu of bachelor degree, a minimum of 5 years of hands on experience in operating, maintain and repairing building energy management systems may be accepted.

          Preferred Education and/or Experience
          Bachelor’s degree in engineering or engineering technology or a related computer science field; Experience working in an institutional, college or university environment; Possess a current boiler operator or electrical certificate; Experience integrating multiple control systems into a single enterprise level system; supervisory experience.

          Background Check Requirements
          00 - Criminal Only

          Start Date
          Additional Qualifications


          Physical Demands
          Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds: Daily, Medium Work - Exerting 20-50 pounds: Frequently, Very Heavy Work - Exerting in excess of 100 pounds: Occasionally, Kneeling: Occasionally, Crawling: Occasionally, Climbing (Stairs, Ladders, etc.): Daily, Lifting 5 -10 lbs: Daily, Lifting 50 plus lbs: Occasionally, Carrying 5-10 lbs: Daily, Carrying 10-25 lbs: Frequently, Carrying 50 plus lbs: Occasionally, Pushing/pulling 10-25 lbs: Frequently, Pushing/pulling 50 plus lbs: Occasionally, Standing for long periods of time: Frequently, Speaking; Essential, Hearing: Essential, Vision: Ability to distinguish similar colors, depth perception, close vision: Essential, Walking - Short Distances: Daily, Walking - Long Distances; Frequently, Lifting 10-25 lbs: Frequently, Sitting for long periods of time: Occasionally

          Work Conditions
          Spends approximately 75% or more time indoors, Sufficient noise to cause applicant to shout in order to be heard, Exposure to vibrating movements of the extremities or whole body, Hazards - definite risk of bodily injury, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, etc., Conditions that affect the respiratory system or the skin, such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases or poor ventilation
          Posting Detail Information

          Background Check Statement
          This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

          UALR EEO Statement
          The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to disclosure. Persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.

          Open Date

          Close Date

          Open Until Filled

          Special Instructions to Applicants
          Applicants may also be interested in applying for Position R97231 – Building System Optimization. To be considered for both positions, applicants must complete an online application and submit all required application documents for EACH posting. Incomplete applications or cross application requests will not be considered.

          All Facilities Management employees are eligible to receive scholarship assistance to further their educational goals for skilled trades education and college degree through the Educational Scholarship fund.

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