Assoc Controls Engineer

University of Minnesota - Office of Human Resources
January 13, 2020
Twin Cities, MN
Job Type


Minimum Qualifications

  • BA/BS with at least 2 years of experience or a combination of related education (in electronics, HVAC, or building maintenance) and experience working with building systems including pneumatic/direct digital controls service work to equal six years.
  • Equivalent combinations of academic and work experience in a related field may be substituted for the degree.
  • Experience installing and maintaining one or more of the following DDC systems is required: Siemens, Johnson Controls, Trane, Honeywell, or equivalent product line.
  • Must be knowledgeable of PC based software for energy efficient HVAC control strategies and monitoring.
  • Must maintain low voltage electrician certification.
  • Skill and experience using electronic testing equipment is required.
  • Experience in large complex building systems with an emphasis on energy efficiency is strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to troubleshoot DDC hardware and software problems, network and communication concerns for Siemens, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Trane and similar systems.
  • Knowledge of programming languages used in Direct Digital Controls systems such as PPCL, LCT and Supervisory Controller Programming.
  • Ability to apply newly developed technologies in HVAC&R and DDC.
  • Ability to think independently, be self-motivated, and perform under minimal supervision.
  • Strong organization, analytical, problem solving, and technical skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills including responding to questions and inquiries from other employees and customers in a helpful, timely and courteous manner.
  • Ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple assigned tasks to keep projects on schedule.
  • Ability to work as a team player in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
  • Ability to gather and analyze information.
  • Knowledge of computer networks and building automation networks.
  • Knowledge and skill using a personal computer
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

About the Job

This position provides technical support, DDC programming installation, troubleshooting, maintenance and repair for Direct Digital Control (DDC) systems, networking and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration systems (HVAC&R). The position will develop, document and program control strategies for optimizing mechanical systems performance, prepare specifications and serve as a technical support resource for the Facilities Management Team. The position will also perform equipment startup commissioning/re-commissioning to validate and document/report that building system performance meets the design intent.

Essential Functions of Position:

  • 35% Provide operational engineering and support for Direct Digital Control (DDC), Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC&R), Building Automation and electro-mechanical systems. The position tests, maintains, calibrates, repairs, and operates DDC systems for mechanical, electrical, and fire/life safety systems to optimize system performance, maintain building comfort levels, and monitor critical alarms such as fire, mechanical/electrical equipment failure, clean rooms, critical research equipment and hazardous materials. Design dynamic graphics per technical specifications and manage the feature set of the DDC application to improve reporting and monitoring for various groups of personnel. Work with district engineering staff to develop technical solutions for their business needs.
  • 25% Provide technical consulting for multi-platform automation systems, and building automation systems networks. Implement energy savings programming strategies in DDC (Johnson, Siemens, Honeywell, Tridium, Trane, etc.) controllers in coordination with district engineering staff. Development of procedures and policy guidelines for operational use. Assist with commissioning process.
  • 20% Serves on the Engineering team and is responsible for preparing labor and material estimates, providing guidance, scheduling work, ordering equipment, and providing advice and instruction to technicians, trades and mechanics from the University, as well as outside vendors. Oversees vendors to maintain system integrity and keep estimated project costs within budget.
  • 10% Assure equipment is performance tested; verifying that performance of the systems meets the requirements of the building. Design and implement various on-going commissioning strategies for multiple main stream DDC systems for use in all campus buildings.
  • 10% Serve as a systems expert and a training resource for DDC systems. Work with building operations personnel to ensure that all required building systems and equipment training is delivered and completed.

Work Environment
Up to 50% of work is performed in the field including University facilities and construction/remodeling sites. Up to 50% of work is performed in a general office setting. This position may be exposed to equipment and machine areas, hot/cold areas, extreme weather conditions, tunnels and confined spaces.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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