Instrumentation Engineering Technician

Charlottesville, VA
May 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Instrumentation Engineering Technician

Position Type: University Managerial and Professional Staff

Department: Facilities Management Department

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 06-06-2017

Posting Summary:
As he planned the University of Virginia and designed its first buildings, Thomas Jefferson envisioned a great public institution of global scope and character in his words, the "future bulwark of the human mind in this hemisphere." As we move ever closer to fulfilling the vision of UVa as the first truly great public institution of higher learning in America, our employees advance our core work of teaching, conducting research, providing best-practice care for patients, and encouraging public service.

Facilities Management (FM) supports the University of Virginia's wide range of research, academic and patient care programs. With over 1,200 employees dedicated to excellence, Facilities Management is responsible for the day-to-day operation, repair and maintenance of U.Va.'s buildings, infrastructure and grounds as well as other University-owned and leased properties.

The Instrumentation Engineering Technician provides highly technical expertise and support for Building Automation Systems (BAS) that provide automatic control of building mechanical systems, infrastructure systems, energy generation, and distribution systems. This includes troubleshooting, diagnostics, installation, repair, programming, commissioning, and related work. The incumbent is responsible for identifying, evaluating, implementing, and programming new instrumentation and controls technologies; ensuring reliability, service, efficiency, and efficacy of existing BAS and I&C; and leading and training mechanics and less senior technicians. This position also provides controls engineering in support of University sustainability initiatives such as building retro-commissioning and building optimization.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Highly skilled in troubleshooting automated building controls and HVAC systems, devices, equipment, and sensors.
2. Highly skilled in the programming of direct digital controls.
3. Ability to calibrate sensors and develop and implement test procedures for checkout and commissioning.
4. Ability to develop and implement automated controls strategies for building mechanical (HVAC) systems.
5. Considerable knowledge of heating, cooling, and ventilation (HVAC) equipment.
6. Ability to read and understand mechanical drawings (schematics), block diagrams, flow charts, service manuals, and wiring diagrams, and to create electrical, mechanical, and controls-related field sketches.
7. Ability to develop control system schematics and controller diagrams using computer software.
8. Highly skilled in the use of electronic and electrical testing devices
9. Strong analytical skills and ability to analyze and solve practical problems with building systems and automated controls
10. Demonstrated ability to lead others and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

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