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Building Control Specialist

Delta College Career Opportunities

Position Information

Position Title Building Control Specialist
Division/Department Facilities Management
Employee Group Administrative/Professional

Full-time, Pay grade 7 (Starting Salary $56,474– $63,261: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience)

Position Summary Information

Position Accountabilities and Essential Functions

Under the general direction of the Facilities Engineer, the Building Controls Specialist position in general is responsible for the efficient and effective 24/7 management, operation and maintenance of the building direct digital and pneumatic control systems for the college sites. This position will provide college wide support and supervision for the operation and maintenance of the building controls for mechanical and electrical systems including HVAC, refrigeration, chillers, boilers, compressed air and lab vacuum systems, electrical systems, emergency generators, lighting, metering, and fire alarm systems. The incumbent will be responsible for the operation of the building direct digital and pneumatic control systems (currently Trane, American Auto-Matrix, Siemen (fire alarm) and WattStopper) for all college buildings, and this position also coordinates/supervises all facilities management employees who are directly involved in the maintenance of the building control systems.

The position is a “hands on” leadership role that works with a diversified group of skilled workers performing operation, repair, installation and maintenance of controls for MEP/HVAC systems and related ancillary equipment. This position shares responsibility for coaching, training and developing workers performing electrical, heating, ventilation, and refrigeration control work. This role provides technical expertise and troubleshooting to solve electrical, heating and cooling control system problems. This position requires performing various administrative functions contributing to the development and prioritization of the department’s strategic objectives and projects and to support compliance to College policies and procedures. This position is considered “essential personnel” and will be “on call” as needed.

This hands-on position is responsible for assisting in the development and management of building controls for various mechanical and electrical systems related to construction projects for the college. The incumbent serves as the primary building controls expert for the college to ensure the proper operations, preventative maintenance, indoor air quality, and troubleshooting services. Functions as the first-line management point of contact for operations and inquiries regarding building mechanical and electrical control system issues.


  • Prioritize schedule, direct and participate in the operation, repair and maintenance of College facilities sites building control system and related infrastructures. Plan and recommend equipment, materials and manpower to perform various tasks associated with the building control systems.
  • Review control system integrity of the Auto-Matrix, Trane and Siemen systems; on a daily basis review alarms that have occurred on the system.
  • Respond after hours as needed for assistance with control systems and related maintenance/electrical systems; response may require computer access from home and/or travel to campus.
  • Assure the utilization of appropriate safety equipment and procedures for staff and equipment used in the repair and maintenance of building control systems.
  • Control and ensure consistent and proper use of the building automation system.
  • Oversee and participate in repair, preventative and predictive maintenance and installation of building control systems.
  • Oversee, analyze, troubleshoot and perform diagnosis of problems for a variety of building control items and equipment.
  • Oversee the installation, operation, repairs, troubleshooting, calibrating, adjusting, replacing and monitoring of electronic, electric and/or pneumatic building control systems for HVAC, lighting; including adjusting complex HVAC systems and making necessary corrections to match building and occupant requirements for campus buildings.
  • Oversee the daily review of each Air-Handler and the zones that it serves to determine any abnormalities to air flow and temperature. Assist with and resolve any apparent discrepancies from the main terminal. If the problem cannot be resolved remotely assign personnel or physically go to the equipment in question and determine the mechanical problem and resolve or issue a work order to the mechanical maintenance or electrical departments.
  • Oversee the monitoring of building infrastructure (Ducts, Piping Systems, Steam and Gas Meters, Air Handlers, Pumps, Chillers) to troubleshoot problems that either preexist or are dynamic in nature (i.e., chilled water flow loss, steam and gas meter calibration, proportional, integral, derivative, loop tuning, intermittent heating and cooling problems, etc.)
  • Oversee the controlling of the clock system and monitoring of the Fire Alarm System to determine where there are alarm faults. Review the daily fire alarm system monitoring to determine calibration of smoke detectors and address communication problems.
  • Oversee system calibration and controls for the Variable Frequency Drives that operate most of the equipment pumps and motors.
  • Oversee the scheduling and programming of building control systems for daily use, including routine and special scheduling for campus spaces and reschedule all the air handling equipment/per semester.
  • Schedule outside contractors and work with outside vendors.
  • Read and interpret technical repair manuals, blueprints, wiring diagrams, operations manuals, etc.
  • Assist with the development of facilities and equipment preventative and predictive maintenance plans and strategies.
  • Support procurement processes and enter requisitions.
  • Maintain building records, drawings and archival systems.
  • Source and obtain pricing for materials, parts and services.
  • Assist with managing spare parts inventories.
  • Develop specifications for equipment and bidding purposes.
  • Read, write and interpret programming in order to diagnose complex control problems. Modify control systems programs, add documentation to existing programs, and write new programs to enhance existing controls or to implement a new procedure.
  • Address questions and concerns from staff and students in regards to room temperature, humidity control, lighting, ventilation needs and clock accuracy. Visit the locations to determine what the nature of the problem is and to allow the individual to define the situation clearly.
  • Determine the scope of repair, cost to benefit ratio of in house repair versus out source, purchase necessary parts, oversee and assist with the equipment repair.
  • Participate in institutional professional development and training.
  • Plan and schedule work assignments to make the most efficient and effective use of available personnel, materials, tools and equipment.
  • Assure team members are properly trained and motivated and have the necessary skills to perform their daily tasks.
  • Ensure College policies and procedures are being followed by team members.
  • Perform administrative duties which include development of workforce schedules, scheduling vacation and time off and daily time card reporting.
  • Perform staff reviews and recommend personnel development plans.
  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives. Assure high levels of customer satisfaction with services provided.
  • Ensure safe work practices are being performed by team members and that tools and equipment are in safe working order.
  • Identify conditions which have the potential to become unsafe and take necessary action to correct them.
  • Prepare and maintain records and basic reports.
  • Support on call and off hours emergencies.
  • Promote and support College events.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications


  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent knowledge and skills. Major(s) required: HVAC, Computer Science.
  • Working knowledge of direct digital control systems related to building mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Basic knowledge of electrical systems.
  • Knowledge of programming languages – SPL, CPL, PCC.
  • Computer system diagnostics and troubleshooting experience.
  • Experience in programming/installing/commissioning computer control systems.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a team and independent environment.
  • Knowledge of network protocols such as BACNET, MODBUS, PUP.
  • Knowledge of medical air and medical vacuum system.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to meet the criteria to drive a College vehicle.
  • Five years of experience working with building control systems and MEP/HVAC systems in existing and/or new construction.
  • Experience coaching and directing a diverse work team.
  • Must have an understanding of the design and construction process.
  • Must be able to read blueprints and understand and interpret technical manuals.
  • Ability to accurately and efficiently perform required computerized tasks to include any combination of word processing, spreadsheet, database, email, internet, or web-based applications as required by the College’s minimum technology skills.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to solve needs with creative solutions.
  • Must have excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills along with the ability to act with a sense of urgency.
  • Must have excellent customer service skills and the ability to maintain a positive interaction with internal and external customers.
Additional Experiences Considered


  • Bachelor’s degree in HVACR engineering technology, mechanical or electrical engineering technology or directly related field.
  • Licensed Mechanical Contractor registered in the State of Michigan.
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD
Application Deadline

Position will remain open until filled. The College reserves the right to close the recruitment process once a sufficient applicant pool has been identified.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Complete an on-line application and attach a cover letter with position title, resume, three current names of professional references, copies of transcripts (official transcripts required upon hire) and professional certifications or licenses.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcript 1
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation 1
  2. Letter of Recommendation 2
  3. Letter of Recommendation 3
  4. Professional Certifications or Licensures
  5. Transcript 2
  6. Transcript 3