Building Performance Engineering Specialist

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University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus
Facilities Management
Building Performance Engineering Specialist
Position #756588 - Requisition #15234

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The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient's bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

Facilities Management has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Building Performance Engineering Specialist position.

Job Summary:
This position acts as a commissioning specialist for campus recommissioning projects, and participates in project support, design review, and facilities maintenance activities.

The responsibilities include planning, review of project design documents, development of technical testing procedures to be used, oversight and performance of technical field tests on building systems and equipment, evaluation and assessment of systems and test results, and identification of corrective measures or modifications to be implemented. The work involves applying engineering principles to the technical analysis of building systems and subsystems to assess performance against design specifications and identify deficiencies or opportunities for improvement that will reduce energy usage, optimize building system performance or better meet occupant needs while satisfying campus standards, building codes and design requirements. A concrete knowledge of construction design documentation, mechanical equipment applications, energy efficiency, building automation/control systems, and HVAC air and hydronic systems is employed in the technical recommissioning process.

The development and generation of project documentation is a major and integral part of the position's responsibility, including: development of formal recommissioning plans, test forms, floor plans, mechanical drawings, issues/corrections logs, diagrams, graphs, charts, executive summary reports, pay-back analysis reports, etc.

The position utilizes the building automation system to gather and trend data on mechanical/electrical equipment operation for the purpose of defining "baseline" performance, and evaluating performance changes due to the implementation of energy conservation measures. The position employs campus utilities usage information, equipment performance trending and climate data to calculate past, present and future energy savings.

This position assists in the implementation and project recommendations and provides supporting information for decision-making by higher levels of authority.
This position is responsible for providing training and instruction to University staff personnel to educate on equipment condition and proper mechanical system operations.

This position must also assist in performing other duties related to troubleshooting and correcting failures in mechanical, pneumatic, electric, and electronic systems or equipment related to HVAC and or BAS systems on campus.

Examples of Work Performed:

Design Review & Project Planning (10%)
Study and review building engineering specifications and mechanical equipment schedules to determine engineering design intent. Review existing or original commissioning documentation. Document the design and performance conditions for all mechanical systems. Assist in the development of the written recommissioning plan, including project scope, project participant roles, project objectives, and testing process/procedures. Document design performance parameters and operating requirements for all mechanical systems within project scope.
Monitor project progress and timeline goals. Solicit contractor or consultant services as needed within project goals and budget. Request maintenance funds or other resources when needed to implement identified opportunities for improvement. Provide project support for various university construction projects or major renovations by participating in the design review process, attending design review meetings, participating in walkthroughs/condition assessments, Test, Adjust, Balance & Commissioning verification, or assisting in the resolution of Project deficiencies.

Testing & System Analysis (30%)
Set up trending data collection through the BAS system for diagnostic monitoring, organize and interpret the data through the creation of formulas, charts, or graphs - primarily in Excel, but also with BAS software tools. Perform analysis and interpretation of data based on an understanding of the design intent to identify underlying mechanical performance deficiencies, potential deficiencies, and inefficiencies. Use trend data and infrared/thermography to identify pre-commissioning or baseline building energy consumption with respect to electrical, steam, and chilled water usage. Use trend data to determine energy usage of specific building mechanical equipment for baselining and future verification of improvements.
Use calibrated instrumentation to test building envelope and mechanical systems in accord with the recommissioning plan or project objectives. Measure airflow quantities, fluid flows, and other performance parameters for mechanical systems, using appropriate instruments and related calculations. Apply engineering principals to the evaluation of measured values to calculate heat transfer, flow rates, brake horsepower, or other parameters.
At times utilize industry software tools to evaluate mechanical systems based on measured values, or to facilitate calculations.
Troubleshoot system performance problems using testing and analysis of system or sub-systems, and specialized diagnostic instrumentation.

Implementation of System Improvements (20%)
Perform TAB (Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing) work to make systems meet the engineering specifications with respect to air/water distribution and flow rates through key system components. Perform the technical commissioning process on HVAC equipment such as air handlers and pump systems. Make changes and modifications to improve efficiencies and optimize performance of mechanical systems.
Purchase materials or parts, and solicit quotes where appropriate. Request funding or other resources where needed, or submit recommendations for projects along with financial or other justification. Coordinate with other University work groups. Coordinate outside contractors to implement system improvements that are outside of normal University staff scope and resources and ensure completion and quality of work done. This position should have a basic understanding of construction and project management processes and workflow.

Report & Documentation Development (10%)
Gather, prepare, maintain and update building documents to reflect changes made to buildings and mechanical systems.
Assist with developing forms and templates needed for TAB, functional performance tests and documentation purposes. Complete and fill project test forms during the planning, investigation and implementation phases of the project by obtaining needed manufacturer information, engineering specifications and actual measured performance data. Use Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Bluebeam, and other software to update and finalize the recommissioning plans, test forms, floor plans, mechanical drawings, issues/corrections logs, diagrams, graphs, charts, executive summary reports, economic analysis reports, etc.
Assist with developing advisory reports to recommend capital projects or changes to building systems that require higher authority level approval.

Training (5%)
Prepare and instruct periodic training classes directed to University Operations and Maintenance staff on subject matter for which you are considered an SME.
Prepare training documentation and reference resources pertaining to recommissioned projects and targeted toward preparing building O&M staff and building managers for properly maintaining campus buildings in their commissioned state.
The position participates in ongoing professional development in a teaching or instructional capacity on behalf of the University through organizations with which Facilities Management is affiliated.

BAS System & Controls Troubleshooting & Repair (25%)
This position monitors and inspects components of the Building Automation System (BAS) making necessary corrections and adjustments. Inspects BAS and HVAC components and devices and performs calibrations, troubleshooting, repairs and replacement of electronic controls and devices related to the HVAC, laboratory or medical systems and equipment, such as sensors, switches, actuators, contactors, electronic controllers, etc. Work also includes modifications of existing systems and integration of new or different components.

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Facilities Management, Construction Management, or a closely related area
  • At least 2 years of experience in building commissioning/recommissioning or facilities maintenance
  • Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor's degree on a year for year basis, but not for the specific 2 years of experience.
Conditions of Employment:
  • Must be willing and able to pass a criminal background check, motor vehicle check and drug test
  • Subject to pre-employment, post-accident, incident, or reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing per UCD Facilities Operations Department Policies
  • Must be willing and able to stand and walk on a constant basis, with or without accommodation
  • Must be willing and able to walk on uneven surfaces and climb on scaffolds/ladders
  • Must be willing and able to climb, crawl, kneel, bend and reach above shoulders on a frequent basis, with or without accommodation
  • Must be willing and able to work outdoors in all weather conditions including snow, rain, heat, and cold
  • Must be willing and able to work with chemicals/solvents
  • Must be willing and able to work in areas where you may be exposed to hazardous chemicals or infectious materials
  • Must be willing and able to use manual dexterity, eye/hand coordination and near vision on a constant basis
  • NOTE: This position has been designated as essential personnel, "Subject to call 24 hours per day, seven days per week" and may be required to carry a pager. Position may also be required to "Stay over late" or "Come in early" to "Cover" shifts, as needed and may be required to respond to any emergencies as needed. If hired, you will be required to provide effective off-hours phone contact info for emergency call-in purposes.
  • Must be willing and able to temporarily or permanently work assigned shift work as needed (i.e. special events, snow removal, etc...)
Preferred Qualifications:
  • At least 4 years of experience in building commissioning/recommissioning or facilities maintenance
  • Experience working in a higher education, healthcare, or government environment
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and work independently with minimal supervision
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish rapport with persons of diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent oral communication skills with the ability to handle stressful situations in a calm and professional manner
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written form which includes the ability to check for typographical, grammatical and spelling errors
  • Mechanical ability
  • Physical ability
  • Planning and organization skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Knowledge of electronic repair and the ability to troubleshoot electronic systems
  • Skill in the operation, use, and maintenance of equipment, materials, and tools in work
  • Ability to troubleshoot, diagnose, maintain and repair equipment and machinery used in work area
  • Safely operate, demonstrate, and maintain machinery, tools, equipment, and materials
  • Knowledge of general maintenance principles, practices and techniques
  • Skill to safely operate various types of motorized vehicles
Salary and Benefits:
Diversity and Equity:
  • Please click here for information on disability accommodations:
  • The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.
  • The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: and attach: 1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references) Questions should be directed to: Sean McBride - [email protected]

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Application deadline is January 7th, 2019.

Job Category: Facilities/Labor,Trades & Crafts

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 60106 - ADM AVCFO Building Mntc Oprns

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Dec 11, 2018

Closing Date: Jan 7, 2019, 11:59:00 PM

Posting Contact Name: Sean McBride

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00756588





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Posted: 12/12/2018
Application Due: 2/10/2019
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