About the Position: The Controls Specialist is responsible for the commissioning, retro-commissioning, testing, maintenance, modification, repairs and record keeping of building control, fire, security and access control systems, utilizing knowledge of pneumatic, electric, electronics, direct digital control, airflow, hydronics, refrigeration theory, control strategies, fire alarm systems, security systems, access control systems, emergency/egress/lighting, card readers, and sprinkler monitor panels. This includes such hardware as thermostats, humidistats, receiver controllers, pneumatic actuators, safeties, pilot positioners, relays, sensors, field panels, wiring, power supplies, interface modules, manual pull stations as well as system operating manuals and engineered drawings. About Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university's students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #1 in the Princeton Review among 382 top colleges and universities for ‘happiest students’ - as well as #2 for ‘best quality of life’ and ‘great financial aid,’ #5 for ‘best run colleges’ and ‘beautiful campus,’ and #6 for both being in a ‘college city that students love’ and having ‘great campus/city relations.’ Duties and Responsibilities: Responsible for end to end testing, downloading programming, starting up, commissioning, retro-commissioning, and servicing on assigned projects. Monitor and calibrate building system controls to achieve better operation and energy efficiency as instructed. Assist in the accumulation of data necessary to facilitate improved operation of HVAC systems for effective Energy Management Maintain, repair, test, monitor and modify campus wide networked, addressable and manual fire alarm systems to sustain safe building operations, Life Safety systems and suppression systems in normal and unusual conditions. Determine nature and depth of malfunctions and initiate action to repair, or provide information to resolve and/or modify operating parameters. Lead, direct, and/or assist the Fire Systems Testing Group as needed with test and inspect duties (i.e. cleaning detectors, test initiating & indicating devices, acknowledge and reset alarm signals) as per applicable codes Simulate alarm conditions at initiating points by using test switches and values or by carefully applying heat or test smoke. Complete detailed test and repair records and file/store as required. Refer to and understand engineering drawings and fire systems operating manuals. Work with Campus Planning and Construction during new project and renovation design, vendor commissioning and Vanderbilt University acceptance to ensure controls, fire, security, and access control systems meet or exceed Vanderbilt specifications for performance, efficiency, and code compliance prior to hand-off to Plant Operations. Work with HAR Group and Chilled Water Distribution Group to troubleshoot control systems which control chillers, AHU's, boilers, hot water converters, cooling towers, etc. to facilitate correction of malfunctions and system failures. Analyze, diagnose, and repair direct digital control systems. Perform preventative maintenance, site surveys, replacement, and modifications as needed to ensure maximum energy efficiency. Prepare for on-site installation and repairs by examining building layout, anticipating difficulties, gathering materials and coordinating on-site work, as necessary. Use a variety of hand tools, interpreting control
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