Building Systems Controls Engineer

Building Systems Controls Engineer

California Academy of Sciences //
San Francisco, CA //
Posted on: May 9, 2016 //

The Building Systems Controls Engineer will be responsible for the programming, monitoring, and maintenance of all automated building and life support systems (including hardware and software) relating to I/O controls and automation. This position will work directly with Facilities, Engineering, Aquatic Biology, and other departments to determine and set all appropriate parameters in the building and life support systems. This position reports to the California Academy of Sciences and not the City of San Francisco. This is not a union position.

Functions & Responsibilities

Essential Functions

Administer and program systems including but not limited to: Building Automation System (BAM), Life Support System (LSS), Lighting Controls, Security Access, Security Cameras and other industrial hardware and software
Develop tools and methods for system(s) calibration and maintenance; maintain documentation of equipment performance history and implement system(s) to improve performance
Manage technical support Systems (TSP) / service tasks and scheduled assignments to ensure that automation systems are properly maintained and operating correctly
Manage response to service requests from Stationary Engineers, Operations, and other technical departments of the Academy
Monitor project controls within discipline
Test, maintain and monitor control systems design criteria
Participate in reviewing and checking designs, drawings and data by other engineers or by suppliers
Perform overall systems design and engineering tasks
Conduct ongoing research to keep pace with developing technology and advise system(s) users and management of useful applications
Participate in system installations/de-installations
Conduct training of in-house service staff, including stationary engineers and electricians
Follow all Academy safety procedures and maintain a safe and clean work environment
Adhere to the Academy Public Floor dress guidelines
Other related duties as assigned
Follow all Academy safety regulations

Other Duties & Responsibilities


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instruction, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals.

Skills & Experience

Knowledge & Skills

Should have knowledge of control systems and competence working with electronics, computers, software, hardware, and technology in general
Must have time management, organization, ability to cooperate with others as well as work independently, ability to think on their feet and solve challenging problems
Must be able to juggle multiple ongoing tasks simultaneously
Design level understanding of Siemens Apogee, Allen Bradley Controllogix, Lutron, and CCure systems
Fundamental understanding of control systems: best practices, regulations, code compliance
Knowledge of building and operations maintenance guidelines a must
Solid technical support sills working in a multi-user environment
Candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills
Outstanding customer service skills
Self-starter willing to accept responsibility and drive projects forward
Knowledge of and/or experience working a LEED-related building a plus
Valid California Driver’s License and good driving record
Must be able to travel, work weekends/holidays and evenings as needed, with advance notice

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:

S.E.E. or B.S.M.E. degree or equivalent training
Professional Engineering license preferred: CS, ME or EE
At least three (3) years of experience in hands-on automation systems management and programming, including installations and maintenance
At least two (2) years of mechanical and control systems engineering experience

Job Requirements

Physical Requirements

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to life 25 pounds. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 80% of the time.

Salary & Benefits