Senior DDC Technician

Requisition # 2017-7923
Department Controls
Category Building Trades and Technicians
Date Posted 3 weeks ago
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline


Facilities Operations is a maintenance, repair, construction and facilities operations organization consisting of over 600 employees within a Princeton's campus setting of over 10 million gross square feet. The Facilities Operations departments include: Grounds and Building Maintenance, Building Services, Site Protection, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Special Projects

Possessing comprehensive theoretical and practical working knowledge, the Senior DDC Controls Technician installs, services, maintains, calibrates, troubleshoots, and programs a variety of campus DDC and pneumatic building control systems to effectively maintain HVAC comfort, ensure maximum energy conservation and prevent system and equipment failures.

As needed, the incumbent may assume the duties of HVAC Controls Shop Supervisor.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: include the following. (Other duties may be assigned.)
  • Maintains, adjusts, maintains, calibrates, troubleshoots, and installs direct digital controls on new and existing campus DDC, building automation and energy management systems.
  • Principle responder for campus heating and cooling issues, providing technical resolution to DDC, building automation and related issues.
  • Ensures proper care in the safe use and maintenance of University vehicles, tools and equipment.
  • Reads, understands and interprets technical and construction related documents (drawings, technical manuals and specifications) in order to determine appropriate equipment and materials required and proper methods of repair or installation.
  • Performs point-to-point system check outs and participates in new and renovated system startups. Ensures proper software setup, programming and communication with server(s).
  • Provides technical support, direction and guidance to end users and other trades personnel where applicable.
  • Maintains technical proficiency in building system applications through regular educational activities such as seminars, training classes, conferences, and self-education.
  • Responds to campus emergencies, both during the day and after hours, as needed.
  • Uses campus software tools and other documentation methods to effective develop, organize and maintain necessary work related technical documentation.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
  • Must be a graduate of a recognized 4 year electrical/electronic vocational technical program or possess the equivalent in educational and practical experience.
  • Must possess a high school diploma or equivalency (GED).
  • Possess significant journey level experience in maintaining, adjusting, calibrating operating, repairing, troubleshooting and installing Siemens, Carrier (including Automated Logic Controls), Honeywell, Johnson Controls and Barber Coleman electric, pneumatic and direct digital controls on HVAC related systems
  • Possess significant journey level experience in the use of computers and associated software to maintain, adjust, operate, repair, troubleshoot, and install Direct Digital Controls on the Campus Wide Carrier, Automated Logic and Siemens building automation systems.
  • Possess understanding and technical ability of DDC control theory and building operations, in order to perform investigations of complex HVAC system controls and functionality issues, evaluate alternate solutions and provide sound recommendations to supervisors, shop personnel and others.
  • Must possess journey level knowledge of the potential occupational hazards connected with electrical and building system controls work along with the associated safety standards and practices which should be applied.
  • Have the ability to conduct detailed field inspections of new construction, renovations or stand alone projects, and provide recommendations to supervisors, tech reps and others, in order to optimize shop level support for the campus capital and major maintenance programs.
  • Possess knowledge in the functionality and usage of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and motor frequency drives.
  • Have the ability to read and interpret both electric and automatic temperature control drawings and technical manuals for all systems and equipment serviced.
  • Must have a willingness to initiate productive work activity, work independently from both written and verbal work orders and accept responsibility for these work assignments.
  • Must be available for emergency after hours work, which may require carrying a cell phone.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.


Advanced level ability to program either DDC or PLC processors.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: The physical demands 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.
  • stand or walk 2 - 4 hours at one time, up to 8 hours per day;
  • sit for less than 2 hours during an 8 hour day;
  • lift or carry up to 35 pounds in a range of motions from floor to overhead and up to 75 pounds to waist height occasionally (less than 33% of the workday);
  • frequently use hands for simple grasping, fine manipulation, pushing or pulling (34 - 66% of the workday);
  • occasionally lift overhead, crawl, lie down, push or pull with forces up to 75 pounds (less than 33% of the work day);
  • frequently climb ladders or stairs, bend, squat, kneel, reach overhead, push or pull with forces up to 35 pounds (34 - 66% of the work day);
  • work outdoors in a variety of temperatures and environmental conditions;
  • possess ability to work at heights, full range of body motions and physical agility, and ability to maintain balance.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

MMX, 135

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required


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