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UW - System Position Title

Building Automation Control Systems Specialist

Business Title

Major Department Code

Building Maintenance (J711500-Maintenance)

Appointment Type

Academic Staff-Fixed Term Renewable

FLSA Status


FTE (Percentage of Appointment)


Typical Working Schedule

Monday-Friday, 7:00 am-3:30 pm

Hybrid or On Campus

On Campus

Position Summary

Programs, monitors, and troubleshoots Building Automation Systems (BAS) and controls to ensure and improve operation of complex facility and life safety system functionality. Develops and implements procedures and capabilities to monitor and predict operational capability.

This position will be required to perform emergency, overtime and call-in work as necessary to repair and maintain campus building automation systems in excess of the normal shift (7:00am to 3:30pm, Monday – Friday).

• Coordinates, manages, implements and/or performs technical product support for a wide range of BAS systems and components, primarily Johnson Controls Metasys
• Engineers control sequences for new installations and system upgrades
• Develops, modifies, and tests software programs for BAS systems
• Commissions and provides contractor oversight for new and existing BAS installations and modifications
• Sets up and configures workstations, user interfaces, data servers, networking devices, protocols, routers, switches, mass storage devices, gateways, and/or hubs for BAS functionality
• Creates, verifies, and updates point databases and programmable logic schemes and troubleshoots and resolves database issues.
• Monitors, tests, maintains, and repairs electronic and pneumatic building control systems components and related mechanical equipment
• Operates the service desk, identifying, troubleshooting, triaging, and escalating system functionality and field issues
• Monitors and configures critical system alarms and their routing. Sets-up historical data capturing and totalization for archiving to data historian servers
• Monitor and adjust automation schedules as building occupancy change to maximize campus resources and minimize energy costs

Knowledge Skills and Abilities
• Visual acuity necessary to read parts books and equipment manuals.
• Ability to read requisitions and receive information; ability to read English language sufficiently to read and understand construction documents (i.e., blueprints).
• Ability to read work orders, printed history pages and schedules from the energy management system, hazardous substance warnings, installation and repair manuals, and equipment operating instructions.
• Interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with the public and other university employees.
• Analytical skills necessary to diagnose and correct electronic failures in electronic equipment and related systems.
• Sufficient manual dexterity with one hand to operate hand and power tools, manually, complete paperwork such as recording items on work orders and receiving documents, and operate computer terminal for EMS.
• Must have sufficient physical flexibility to stoop, crawl under equipment and other low spaces in order to perform preventive maintenance tasks.
• Perform tasks requiring standing, bending, stooping, kneeling, and walking significant distances between and within buildings on campus in order to attend to various maintenance tasks across campus.
• Ability to enter, exit, and perform duties in confined spaces in order to correct problems and maintain electronic systems.
• Ability to climb stairs, ladders and scaffolding, and work at heights above 30 feet in order to reach equipment.
• Ability to grasp, lift and/or carry, or otherwise move equipment or components (i.e., motors) weighing a maximum of 50 pounds.
• Must by physically able to lift your arms above your head in order to reach remote equipment installations.
• Ability to perform duties within extreme temperature ranges so as to do necessary outdoor maintenance in the summer and winter.
• This job requires a valid driver’s license with an excellent driver’s record which would permit Wisconsin certification in order to drive University vehicles.
• Ability to work with and cooperate with supervisory staff at all levels in order to maintain a smoothly functioning work unit.
• Ability to learn and perform all essential job functions accurately and safely with minimal direct supervision.
• Ability to understand and apply information presented in training programs, conferences, and/or professional literature in order to keep abreast of changes in the job, the industry and to do your job safely.
• Basic mathematical skills, including addition, subtraction and multiplication, necessary to complete work orders.
• Ability to complete and pass a pre-employment physical screen.
• Possess or be willing to obtain NICET level 1 fire alarm system certification within 6 months of hire.
• 2 Years minimum experience with institutional/commercial building HVAC systems and controls is required.
• Experience with building HVAC control system software from any company is required.
• Experience with Johnson Controls Metasys control system and software is preferred.
• 2-Year associate degree or similar education in building HVAC systems and controls is preferred.

Posting Detail Information

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Applicant Review Date

Open Until Filled


Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants are required to apply online. UWRF will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Applicants are required to provide:
• Resume
• Letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (cover letter)
• Names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of at least three references who can specifically comment upon your experience and professional preparation (references)

Inquiries should be addressed to:

Mark Gillis

Search Chair


Deadline to Apply: Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials on or before July 16, 2024.

The selected candidate must be able to pass a post-offer employment test and hold a valid driver’s license to obtain Wisconsin certification to drive University vehicles.

Employees receive excellent benefits including exceptionally low-cost comprehensive health, dental and vision benefits; employer match of Wisconsin Retirement System contributions of 6.90%; attractive amount of paid leave per year in addition to paid sick leave. To learn more about our benefits, go to

UW-River Falls does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources at 715-425-4941.

Legal Notices

EEO/AA Statement

UW-River Falls is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran or military status. All persons, especially women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the final candidates may be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

Title IX Notice

As required by Title IX and federal regulations, UW-River Falls does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities, including in admission and employment. Questions about the application of Title IX may be referred to UWRF’s Title IX Coordinator at titleix@uwrf.edu; the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights; or both. For more information, please see uwrf.edu/titleIX.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Act)

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, which includes statistics about reported crimes and information about campus security policies can be viewed at or call University Police at 715-425-3133 for a paper copy.

Criminal Background Check and Reference Check Policy

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you, your most recent employer, and all previous UW System institution and State of Wisconsin agency employers from the past seven (7) years to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment per UW System Administrative Policy 1275.

Other Notices

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
• Resume
• Cover Letter/Letter of Application
• References

Optional Documents
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