Missouri State University

8726 Energy Management Technician

POSITION IDENTIFICATION

TITLE Energy Management Technician

CLASSIFICATION NUMBER 8726

GRADE 27

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR  Designated Supervisor

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR  Maintenance Supervisor

GENERAL FUNCTION

The Energy Management Technician provides highly skilled technical support, program analysis, and programming for the campus microprocessor-based HVAC systems. Responsibilities include installation and commissioning of new hardware points in existing microprocessor control devises, alarm analysis and follow-up, troubleshooting hardware problems within the Metasys network, and replacement of faulty components and devices.   The Energy Management Technician uses operator workstations, terminals, local LED display monitors, and computers to monitor the network and adjust set points as needed. The Energy Management Technician programs and supports non-Metasys microprocessor-based control systems and devices, such as variable speed drives, self-contained environmental systems, chiller controls, and other systems which interface with Metasys. The Energy Management Technician is knowledgeable of and monitors, repairs, and recalibrates the pneumatic systems controlling various processes.   The Energy Management Technician performs complex technical work on a journeyman level in the installation, operation, maintenance, modification, overhaul, services, and repair of sophisticated automatic electronic, electrical, and pneumatic control systems equipment that operate heating, ventilation, air conditioning, fire protection, and other utility and environmental control systems. The Energy Management Technician coordinates with HVAC Mechanics to inspect and test high and low pressure refrigerant systems to locate and diagnose faults and malfunctions, performs required repairs through replacement of inoperative parts or adjustment of thermostatic controls and blowers, and provides an estimate of repair (and/or replacement) costs. The Energy Management Technician also complies with federal regulations governing environmental protection, hazardous waste disposal, and the use of refrigerants, chemical substances and materials.

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS

Education:  A high school diploma or the equivalent is required. Completion of a formal technical training program within the field of electronics and/or control systems or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities can be acquired, is required. 

Experience:  Six years of experience in the maintenance and repair of control systems and electronic apparatus is required. 

Skills:  A working knowledge of microprocessor-based distribution control systems, analog controls, and pneumatic controls is required. A working knowledge of JCI GPL, GX-9100, and HVACPRO, BASIC, Visual BASIC, and LCP Graphic Configuration Language is preferred. The ability to interpret wiring diagrams, blueprints, and electrical schematics is required. The ability to use test equipment and small hand and power tools, such as drills, oxygen-acetylene torches, volt-ohmmeters, circuit testers, and manifold gauges, is required. Must be able to  complete mathematical computations, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, ratios, percentages, ranges, scaling, and graphing.  Journeyman-level HVAC skills are required in maintenance and repair procedures, including preventative maintenance, breakdown repair, trouble-shooting, installation, and fabrication techniques.

Effort:  Near visual acuity and depth perception, field of vision, and color vision within normal limits are required in order to make electrical connections and solder and splice electrical wiring. Must be able to lift and transport materials and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds on a frequent basis and up to 100 pounds on an occasional basis; prolonged standing and frequent bending, stooping, and reaching on a daily basis; and working in confined spaces. Requires a full range of physical motion in order to operate manual and electrically-powered tools and test equipment, to move throughout campus, including climbing stairs in all University buildings, and to work at heights. Work is performed indoors and out-of-doors, occasionally in environments that are dusty, noisy, or which could have work hazards.

License:  Must have verifiable certification by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for handling all types of refrigerants.

Other:  Scope of the position requires exposure to and use of chemicals, solvents, and cleaners common to HVAC work that may be hazardous and/or cause injury if specific instructions regarding their mixture, use, and disposal/storage are not properly followed. A valid Missouri drivers license is required.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1.         Performs highly skilled technical support of microprocessor, analog, and electro-hydraulic control devices by installing, commissioning, maintaining, repairing, and replacing such devices according to design drawings and/or specifications, providing alarm analysis and follow-up, troubleshooting hardware problems, and repairing and replacing control modules, I/O interface boards, relays, PLCs, power supplies, etc. 

2.         Helps to assure that HVAC control systems operate in the intended manner to use energy

efficiently by programming system parameters to meet objectives, adjusting set points, monitoring the network, and calibrating instrumentation, metering, valves, dampers, actuators, controllers as required. 

3.         Helps to assure the efficient operation of the university’s HVAC systems and control
systems by diagnosing control problems and by adjusting, calibrating, repairing, or overhauling the systems.

4.         Supports the use of control systems to meet energy saving and comfort objectives by
assisting in the development and implementation of control software for microprocessor-based control systems and developing and implementing operator control interface screens and panels.

5.         Maintains and repairs all control and instrumentation such as transmitters, valve/damper
actuators, servo-valves, solenoids, thermocouples, pressure/temperature gauges, chart recorders, data loggers, alarm annunciators, and level indicators.

6.         Maintains and repairs variable speed drives and ramp starters for electric motors.

7.         Performs journeyman level heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) work in the
installation, operation, maintenance, modification, service and repair of electric, electronic, pneumatic, electro-magnetic mechanical control systems including high and low pressure refrigerant systems by inspecting and testing those systems to locate and diagnose faults and malfunctions, performing required repairs through replacement of inoperative parts or adjustment of thermostatic controls and blowers, and providing an estimate of repair (and/or replacement) costs beyond the capability to perform.

8.         Ensures that HVAC systems provide an appropriate living and working environment for the campus by troubleshooting, maintaining, repairing, and modifying secondary refrigerant systems including pumps, valves, cooling, air moving equipment and local temperature/pressure controls.

9.         Provides technical advice to the designated supervisor and the Maintenance Supervisor on the selection of complex and up-to-date instruments and controls used in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems as well as fire protection systems by assessing the interchangeability and integrative ability of manufacturers assemblies, sub-assemblies, and components with existing as well as potential replacement requirements of HVAC and fire protection systems.        

10.       Contributes to efficient and effective HVAC operations by advising the designated supervisor on the quantity and types of materials that should be ordered and stocked for use in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) projects, coordinating with others on projects and maintenance, preparing material lists, reviewing inventory needs, reviewing schematics, construction drawings, and equipment manuals and assisting in maintaining maintenance records.

11.       Maintains maximum system efficiency by installing sensing and switching devices designed to control the flow and temperature of air, steam, water, and gases and servicing, maintaining, and adjusting electric, electronic, pneumatic, electro-magnetic, and mechanical control systems and their components.

12.       Assists the designated supervisor in developing and effective and efficient mechanical unit by training other mechanical personnel in testing and calibration of all instruments and control devices.

13        Minimizes institutional liability regarding the University's compliance with federal regulations by complying with policies, laws, and regulations governing environmental protection, hazardous waste disposal,and the use of chemical substances and materials, utilizing specialized equipment in the recovery and recycling of regulated refrigerants, and maintaining records of refrigerant recovery-recycling activities as required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

14.       Provides technical assistance on the purchase of new or replacement microprocessor-based, pneumatic, analog, and electro-hydraulic control systems and mechanical equipment or systems by reviewing and preparing equipment specifications, and advising the Maintenance Supervisor on equipment capability and compatibility, installation requirements and costs, and potential operations and maintenance expenses.

15.       Assists the Maintenance Supervisor with ensuring that contracted control system services and/or heating, ventilation and air conditioning services meet specified results and/or work orders thus minimizing future operational problems by observing (spot checking) the work performed and advising the Maintenance Supervisor when contracted services fail to meet specifications or endanger University property or lives.

16.       Promotes preventive maintenance as a strategy in maintaining electronic test equipment and mechanical tools by keeping accurate records on each piece of equipment indicating all required and performed maintenance, performing spot checks of equipment to determine their working condition, and scheduling and supervising the periodic cleaning and servicing of tools and equipment.

17.       Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, attending
professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the designated supervisor.

18.       Contributes to the overall success of the Mechanical Maintenance Department by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.

SUPERVISION

The Energy Management Technician is supervised by the designated supervisor, however, generally works independently under established guidelines and with minimum supervision. The Energy Management Technician may be required to exercises supervision of other mechanical personnel.

OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES

REVISED OCTOBER 2006

JOB FAMILY 2

Factor 1: Educational Requirements of the Job

Level 5 - 300 Points: The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent and an Associate's degree (60 credit hours or more) or equivalent vocational training or certification.

Factor 2: Skill Requirements - Craft and Trade Skills

Level 6 - 1500 Points: This level represents the most complicated craft skills involving advanced electronics and mechanical theory. Craft skills at this level involve journeyman-level knowledge of principles, concepts, specialized complicated techniques and methods of a profession, and the skill in applying that knowledge that is typically acquired with experience and advanced training beyond that of journeyman-level.

Factor 3: Managerial Responsibility

Level 2 - 75 Points: Irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers or temporary or part-time workers. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities. Responsibilities at this level may include tracking budgeted spending, limited purchasing authority, and tracking inventory.

Factor 4: Guidelines

Level 3 - 90 Points: Procedures and standards exist, but considerable latitude in applying procedures and selecting a sequence of activities must be exercised. The employee uses judgment in interpreting and adapting guidelines such as agency policies, regulations, precedents, and work directions for application to specific cases or problems. The employee analyzes results and recommends changes.

Factor 5: Contacts

Level 4 - 175 Points: The purpose is to coordinate activities involving employees, students, and/or the general public. At this level, contacts involve considerable interpersonal skill involving cooperation and coordination and may involve the organization of activities of programs requiring working relationships among several parties. While contacts may require some level of persuasion, potential for conflicts and disputes are relatively minor.

Factor 6: Work Environment

Level 3 - 70 Points: The work area involves moderate discomfort and/or risk such as operating heavy machinery or dangerous equipment, or frequent exposure to hazardous materials. Alternatively, the work area may be subject to environmental discomfort such as poor ventilation. Loud noises, and/or extremes of heat or cold. The work often requires wearing protective gear that may be uncomfortable. The nature of the work environment may produce moderate levels of stress.

Factor 7: Physical Demands

Level 3 - 100 Points: Work requires continuous moderate with some strenuous physical exertion including standing, climbing, crawling, and regular lifting of objects over 50 pounds.

Factor 8: Responsibility for Facilities and Resources

Level 3 - 70 Points: At this level would be jobs in which the incumbent has considerable ongoing responsibility for building security and public safety.

Factor 9: Complexity

Level 4 - 700 Points: The work involves varied duties requiring many different and unrelated processes and methods such as those relating to well-established administrative or professional fields. Decisions regarding what needs to be done include the assessment of unusual circumstances, variations in approach, and incomplete or conflicting data. The work requires making many decisions concerning such things as the interpreting of considerable data, planning the work, or refining methods and techniques to be used.