TITLE: EMS Engineering Specialist
EXEMPT STATUS: Non-exempt
NATURE AND SCOPE OF WORK:
Under the direction of Facilities Management Services management, oversees the operation of the college's computerized energy management system (EMS). Tasks include daily monitoring of the system for all areas of the college to ensure proper environmental and lighting control. The EMS Engineering Specialist performs adjustments and repairs to correct system problems on a daily basis. He or she assists in the design and construction of additions and upgrades, and performs routine maintenance on the system in cooperation with other members of the college HVAC team and contractors. The employee tracks, investigates, identifies and repairs system problems or arranges for staff or contractor assistance as necessary.
Interpersonal contacts are generally with others in the maintenance department, the Service Request Center, customers, supervisor, contractors and inspectors. Well-developed and effective customer service skills are employed in working with customers on a regular basis. Job requires good verbal and written skills to present and exchange complex and technical information. The incumbent must be able to perform quick analysis of complex problems. He or she is a key contributor with work results impacting the acceptability of environmental conditions of the college. The EMS Engineering Specialist is responsible for producing journey-level work output with minimal supervision.
- Monitors and adjusts the college's computerized Energy Management System (EMS) to ensure proper environmental and lighting control for all campuses and centers of the college. Runs daily check of all areas. Ensures to maximum extent possible the indoor environment is within PCC standards.
- Plans, helps design and prioritizes EMS upgrades and additions in cooperation with other members of the HVAC Team to ensure smooth operational continuity. Installs, operates and maintains EMS parts and equipment.
- Tracks, investigates, identifies and repairs EMS equipment problems. Interfaces with the system's contractors and suppliers to correct program and operational problems. Provides support for college computer programs used by this system which are not supported by the ITS Department.
- Coordinates EMS work on the various campus and center locations by staff and outside contractors including maintenance, repair, renovation and construction (both remodel and new). Works with on-site HVAC Technicians to solve identified problems including daily adjustments for heating and cooling.
- Builds and develops graphic screens required to operate and monitor the EMS System effectively. Analyzes and modifies EMS software programs to fit unique and custom applications of the college.
- Assists and trains staff members needing access to the EMS System. Keeps staff up-to-date on all changes and revisions. Maintains appropriate backup for EMS computer systems.
- Recommends and coordinates EMS training. Provides support in setting up remote work stations and keeping them upgraded. Recommends system computer and software upgrades.
- As part of the HVAC Team, helps in developing recommendations for system additions and upgrades, setting priorities and in establishing budget information for the identified work. Obtains price quotes for services, parts, equipment and supplies, and maintains an inventory of parts and equipment. Makes purchases as necessary. Keeps and maintains an inventory report of all stock. Tracks spending and assists in preparing cost reports when requested. Reviews contractor invoices for accuracy.
- Tracks energy use by monitoring systems, analyzing trends in energy metering, and developing and publishing reports on any trends.
- Attends maintenance staff meetings to assist in discussions and problem solving,
- Assists in the cleaning of HVAC and electrical areas.
- Maintains appropriate licenses, including taking necessary training to keep the licenses valid.
- Operates a college vehicle and maintains it in safe condition.
- Responds to college emergencies including adverse weather closures to help secure college facilities and equipment when directed. Assists other Facilities Management Services staff with tasks needed to affect reopening the college after closure.
- Works in a safe manner, using tools and equipment appropriate for the task. Maintains an inventory of tools, equipment and personal protective gear in well maintained and proper working order. Understands and observes safety procedures of the college and of any regulatory agencies having jurisdiction over the work associated with this position. Observes the work of others including staff and contractors and reports unsafe acts or conditions to appropriate management. Performs no work when conditions are considered unsafe. Attends safety meetings and completes required safety training.
- Troubleshoots, diagnoses, and recommends solutions to HVAC issues by understanding control parameters and functionality of building HVAC and EMS system.
- Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.
Work is performed at the computer in an office environment and in the field doing repairs and installation of EMS system parts. Work is frequently performed in cramped and awkward positions. Exposure to noise, temperature extremes and humidity variations is normal when working in areas where mechanical equipment is located (e.g., mechanical tunnels, boiler rooms, penthouses and rooftops). Working in high places is often necessary. Exposure to inclement weather is normal.
Must be mobile and able to reach most areas while carrying tools and parts. Climbing stairs and ladders is a normal part of the job with heights to 20 feet probable. Must be able to get in and out of tight places and to work in awkward positions.
High school diploma or equivalent. Four years of experience operating DDC control systems for HVAC and lighting control in a commercial or institutional setting. Two years of experience installing and/or operating and maintaining HVAC equipment and HVAC systems. Must be Tridium AX certified and have experience with LON based Honeywell Spyder and Distech controllers including programming. Must have ability to design and install control sub-systems integrated with a total system. Ability to estimate material quantity and costs, time costs, prioritize work and perform job duties independently of supervision. Must be able to analyze system problems and make corrections both by computer and to perform minor repairs in the field. Must have broad computer skills including ability to customize system software and to build and develop graphic screens required to operate and monitor system. Requires knowledge of software and computer language used to operate Tridium Niagara AX/WEB station AX server, Honeywell Spyder and Distech controllers of computerized system of HVAC and lighting control. Requires knowledge of software and computer language used in operating computerized systems of HVAC and lighting. Must be capable of providing independent support of the EMS system including ability to set up hardware, work stations and to upgrade them as necessary. Good verbal and written communication, customer service, recordkeeping and analytical skills are required. Must have a Limited Maintenance Electricians license or low voltage electrical license. Must have an acceptable driving record and valid driver’s license for operation of a motor vehicle in Oregon.