Building Automation System Specialist

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
28 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Work Unit

Facilities Management provides quality services in order to maintain the campus building control systems for the benefit of the university community, by providing a safe comfortable environment conducive to the educational and research requirements of Colorado State University.

Trades Maintenance Services exist to support Facilities Management, Administration Services Division, and Colorado State University strategic plans. To provide, within the limit of its allocated resources, quality trades maintenance services, which includes all structural, mechanical, and electrical systems, and small construction project management. These services are to create and maintain an aesthetically pleasing and functional environment that meets or exceeds the University’s needs for instruction, research, and outreach.

Building Automation Services provides services to construct, monitor, operate, and maintain, the campus-wide networked BAS control systems and alarm management. Major building components affected are; heating, ventilation, cooling, refrigeration, and the affiliated subnetworks. Buildings included are used for instruction and research and contain technologically advanced and bio-safety level III containment and drug manufacturing facilities all of which are utilized in research on the campus.

Working at CSU

Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State University is now among the nation’s leading research universities. Fort Collins is an award-winning city located on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with the foothills and 14,000-foot peaks visible to residents. Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting and other outdoor sports is a great advantage to CSU students, faculty and staff.

CSU’s Commitment to Campus offers employees a healthy work-life balance through a wide variety of programs, discounts, and special benefits. This includes Employee Study Privilege (nine free credits per year available through CSU, CSU Global, CSU Online Plus, and University of Northern Colorado), Family Tuition Scholarship Program, Discounted Veterinary Care, Wellness Membership Discounts, Volunteers in Public Schools Leave Program, Athletic Ticket Discounts, and much more! Visit to learn more about working at CSU.

Position Summary

The Building Automation System Specialist functions as the Staff Authority and is a pacesetter with a unique level of knowledge and highly skilled technical expertise in advanced automation control sequencing of building HVAC systems and components which are unique to our agency. This position exists to develop, operate, and modify automated control sequences and hardware associated with major mechanical system components. This position regularly makes complex operational decisions at levels that require the interpretation of variables from multiple sources. The result of such decisions balances the mandated energy policy and code compliance with a building environment conducive to safe and productive occupancy.
Secondary duties are to provide technical advice, trend study analysis, and programming assistance to energy services contractors, as well as in-house staff. This position will also design and apply alternate controls sequences specifically for the purpose of energy savings and increase efficiency in building control. The third set of duties will be to provide integration assistance with third-party equipment and software manufacturers as a means of data collection and control.

Note to Applicants: The hours for this position will be an eight-hour workday, between 6:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Minimum Qualifications

Four years of full-time skilled experience installing, operating, and DDC programming for HVAC control systems, of which must have included two years of Johnson Controls DDC custom programming specific experience.



Preferred Qualifications

The highly desired candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities, personal characteristics, and experience directly related and critical to this position:

  • Basic working knowledge of pneumatic control systems, air compressors, air dryers.
  • Extensive knowledge of HVAC air handling, exhaust, and hydronic systems operation.
  • Electrical skills and knowledge of code compliance.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to interpret control and electrical schematics drawings.
  • Demonstrated ability to install Johnson Controls, Alerton, and/or Siemens systems.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to be self-motivated.
  • Demonstrated customer services skills (internal and external).
  • Capacity to learn and uphold policies/regulations (State, University, Facilities Management).
  • Ability to be resourceful and provide solutions.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Visio, Excel, and Word.
  • Written and verbal communication skills.

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Building Automation Controls Technician Duty/Responsibility

  • Provide leadership and priorities to other positions within the organization.
  • Write and advise appropriate software programming and hardware installation for new and retro-commissioning projects.
  • Diagnose all types of HVAC controls system problems.
  • Provide training to other staff on systems and components – digital, pneumatic, electric.
  • Help resolve and troubleshoot building automation control problems.
  • Integrate new and retrofit devices to the BAS network, update and modify the database to reflect new systems and their associated alarming.
  • Provide test/verification and commissioning services.
  • Work closely with internal and external customers to provide support and insight on new projects to avoid design, install, software, networking and/or naming inconsistencies/shortfalls.
  • Install/program standard and complex digital control systems for monitoring and control of the university, and auxiliary building HVAC systems.
  • Create, modify, and simulate programs for devices on campus using proprietary programming tools.
  • Download and test functionality of modifications to ensure proper operation.
  • Map all associated points to operator workstations.
  • Assist campus engineers with retro-commissioning of existing buildings and provide support to commissioning agents for all projects on campus.
  • Navigate all three of the “front end” applications (Extend Architecture, Envision and Insight) for the three controls vendors: Johnson Controls, Alerton and Siemens.
  • Identify, troubleshoot, and diagnose any alarms or issues that other controls technicians, or technicians of other trades, may need assistance in dealing with through the front end programming applications.
  • Set up and explain process control trending, alarming and graphics to customers.
  • Manage trends, alarming, and graphical interfaces.

Percentage Of Time 30% Job Duty Category Senior Programmer for Johnson Controls BAS Systems Duty/Responsibility

  • Install/program standard digital control systems for monitoring and control of university, and auxiliary building HVAC systems.
  • Lead the individual for all Johnson Controls BAS on campus and provide support and training to all other control technicians.
  • Create, modify, and simulate programs for JCI N2 devices on campus using HVAC PRO and GX9100 programming tools.
  • Create, modify and simulate programs for JCI BACnet devices on campus using CCT programming tools.
  • Download and test functionality of modifications to ensure operation.
  • Map all associated points to operator workstation in Metasys Extended Architecture.
  • Assist campus engineers with retro-commissioning of existing buildings.
  • Provide support to commissioning agents for projects on campus.
  • Provide assistance with design and submittal review for projects on campus.
  • Write software to accomplish heating, ventilation, cooling sequence, and alarming.
  • Troubleshoot issues within Metasys extended systems. Including, but not limited to: unbound references, network integration engine, network automation engine, Johnson Control issues, routing problems, online/offline issues, etc.
  • Seek and use all resources problem solve, including tech support and/or customer assistance.
  • Establish programs to fix problems or resolve issues.
  • Establish alarms and reports.
  • Build and adjust trends used to monitor both long-term and short-term issues.

Percentage Of Time 30% Job Duty Category BAS Control Systems Retrofit Projects and Controls Upgrades Duty/Responsibility

  • Maintain controls hardware and programming at the most advanced level across all CSU campuses.
  • Become familiar with the different campuses controls – CSU is unique in that systems used range from 40 years old to the most recent versions/releases.
  • Provide high-level, technically advanced advice, trend study analysis, and programming assistance to energy service contractors, as well as in-house staff.
  • Design and apply alternate sequence of operations specifically for the purpose of energy savings.
  • Provide integration assistance with third-party equipment and software manufacturers as a means of data collection and control associated with energy saving opportunities.
  • Update old drawings and/or create new, accurate control drawings which include flow layouts, point schedules, sequence of operations, and wiring diagrams for each controller that is to be retrofitted.
  • Transition from older to newer devices with comfort to update programs to match their controllers, e.g.: DX programming will be updated into FEC programming for Johnson Controls’ devices.
  • Become familiar with how DDC devices work and how to move hardware points from controller to controller.
  • Install hardware and know how to put new controllers onto the BAS network and the steps involved with getting the device to communicate across the controls networks.
  • Proficient in commissioning new devices to ensure proper functionality with their new programming and all the parts of the controlled systems are operating as desired by the new controller.
  • Troubleshoot and address any issues that could arise after device upgrade.

Percentage Of Time 25% Job Duty Category BAS Controls Service Calls Duty/Responsibility

  • Respond to work orders that require immediate attention (Do It Now or DIN calls) to buildings on multiple campuses: Main, South, East, & ARDEC.
  • DIN calls require knowledge in multiple disciplines including HVAC, Electrical, TAB, Networking, HVAC system knowledge, and device/controller knowledge.
  • Assist various trades in their tasks and duties related to buildings on all of the campuses (see bullet #1).
  • Serve as constant resource to other trades in a wide range of ways (e.g.: overriding and manipulating equipment for motor/pump technicians, or overriding and manipulating steam equipment for plumbers, or assisting HVAC Technicians with anything from device and controller issues to system manipulations using multiple control vendors equipment on different campuses).
  • Navigate all three of the “front end” applications (Envision, Extend, Architecture, and Insight) for the three control vendors – Alerton, Johnson Controls, and Siemens on all campuses of CSU.
  • Identify, troubleshoot, and diagnose any alarms or issues that other Control Technicians or Technicians of other trades, may need assistance in dealing with through the “front end” programming applications.

Percentage Of Time 15%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience.
  • The APPLICATION is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
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    • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.
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  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which requires candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
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Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Essential Services Designation - Must be willing and able to report to work without delay to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the campus community., Shift Work - May be required to work a rotating schedule to extend operational hours up to 12am. May be required to work weekend shifts as necessary., On-call Status - Able to respond to after-hour calls

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.