Travis CountyAustin 78701
Full Time

Federal, State, Local and County applicable laws, guidelines, rules, regulations, and Codes for HVAC and Electrical systems.

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Building Automation System Specialist

Travis County
Full Time 1010 Lavaca St # 400, Austin, TX 78701, United States Apply before 9/30/2023 11:59


Are you looking for career opportunities that provide top-notch benefits including paid vacation & sick leave, outstanding health & dental insurance, a free health clinic for you & your dependents, a generous retirement plan, and much more?

Travis County’s Facilities Management Department has great jobs that serve dozens of facilities across the county. We offer stable career options with training and tuition reimbursement available to get you to the next level in your career 

Under direction of the Maintenance and Repairs Division Manager, oversees the installation of controls equipment in accordance with all applicable plans, specifications, codes, and department standards. Inspects installation sites and studies work orders, building plans, and installation manuals to determine materials requirements and installation procedures. Diagnoses malfunctioning systems, apparatus, and components, using test equipment and hand tools, to locate the cause of a breakdown and corrects the problem. Troubleshoots BAS, HVAC controls equipment, smart breakers, and relays.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is a job classification within the Skilled Trades job family. Operates, programs, calibrates, and troubleshoots building automation systems. Trains others in the use of HVAC controls applications and software. This classification may require work in secure facilities. This classification may require a flexible work schedule to meet the needs of the Facilities Management Department.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Lays out and designs HVAC building automation systems for new Travis County facilities.
  • Programs the building automation HVAC system to the specified sequence of operations.
  • Customizes graphical screens of HVAC building automation systems.
  • Creates all graphical documentation for new and existing projects.
  • Interacts with maintenance technicians at all levels to resolve BAS HVAC issues and provides answers in a timely manner.
  • Manages relationships and interactions with HVAC BAS vendors.
  • Reports BAS vendors performance.
  • Manages HVAC building automation projects from their inception to completion.
  • Provides management in the administration of the BAS infrastructure system, including the implementation of additions, deletions, and modifications to the system.
  • Assists in evaluating new BAS software and hardware for new and existing facilities.
  • Implements and assures the set-up of hardware and software required for the HVAC BAS system and maintains inventory of each including tracking platform licenses and passwords.
  • Trains and supports users of BAS HVAC automation systems for the FMD Maintenance & Repairs Division.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience:
Associate degree in technical fields related to Building Automation and five (5) years’ experience in Building Automation Systems, including two (3) years’ experience in HVAC BAS equipment.
Any combination of education and experience that has been achieved and is equivalent to the stated education and experience and required knowledge skills, and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the
duties and responsibilities of this job.

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:
Valid Texas Driver’s License.
Applicants are required to successfully pass the background investigation, including fingerprint clearance. 

Knowledge of:

  • HVAC codes, related terminology, practices and procedures.
  • Chilled water and Heating Hot water systems.
  • Federal, State, Local and County applicable laws, guidelines, rules, regulations, and Codes for HVAC and Electrical systems.
  • Computer equipment to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases and BAS related Software.
  • Business letter writing, grammar and punctuation, and report preparation.
Skill in:
  • Operating and using standard HVAC test tools and equipment.
  • Installing and maintaining HVAC instrumentation equipment.
  • Reading and interpreting schematics and blueprints.
  • Proper and applicable safety practices, procedures and regulations.
  • Working with others, including on a team.
  • Explaining complicated problems in simple non-technical language.
  • Calculating estimates of time, labor and quantities of materials needed.
  • Diagnose equipment problems to repair or replace.
  • Troubleshoot problems with the BAS
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and with profession tact both verbally and in writing.
Ability to:
  • Reason and make judgements and decisions.
  • Manage time well, perform multiple tasks and organize diverse activities.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental Customers, other County employees and officials, representatives of outside agencies, and the public.

Work Environment & Other Information

Physical requirements include lifting/carrying up to 25 pounds, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity, necessary to operate a computer, monitor, keyboard, printer, fax machine, copier, adding machine, typewriter and basic office equipment, vision to monitor, standing, sitting, walking, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, pushing, pulling, reaching, driving, twisting, balancing, repetitive motion, client/customer contact, squatting to perform the essential functions.

Travis County employees play an important role in business continuity. As such, employees can be assigned to business continuity efforts outside of normal job functions.

This job description is intended to be generic in nature.  It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.  The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.

Work Hours: 8 AM - 5 PM; Monday through Friday.

Location: 700 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX

Department: Facilities Management 

Criminal Background Check, Driving Record, and Employment History Check Required.
Applicants are required to successfully pass the background investigation, including CJIS and fingerprint clearance.