Controls Engineer

The University of Iowa

Job Reference #: 24002757

The Controls Engineer is responsible for managing the operations of campus heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment using Building Automation Systems (BAS). The role contributes to the business of the Controls Engineering Team in connection to the goals of the FM strategic initiatives. This position will work collaboratively with maintenance staff, building coordinators, customers, outside vendors, and other key stakeholders as required to ensure optimal building operations. This role works closely with partners in Information Technology to ensure security measures a re implemented and maintained. This role is responsible for managing the on-going network documentation and maintenance activities associated with the BAS, as well as the creation and maintenance of graphic user interface tools. This position plays a key role in training staff and supporting complex troubleshooting efforts. This position requires flexibility to support campus during after-hours support calls.

This position is eligible for hybrid work within Iowa and will require a work arrangement form to be completed upon the start of your employment. Per policy, work arrangements will be reviewed annually, and must comply with the and .

Duties to Include:

  • Ability to conduct fieldwork while interacting with clients in a professional and responsive manner.
  • Manage (DDC) Building Automation System password security based on UI IT security protocols.
  • Participate in building optimization activities of DDC systems to ensure proper UI design standards compliance and consistent operation strategies to maximize energy efficiency.
  • Conduct training for building maintenance staff on the design and operation of HVAC systems in their building.
  • Develop work plans for project implementation.
  • Ability to troubleshoot HVAC system problems.

Location: University Services Building (USB)

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm

For a full job description, please send an e-mail to the contact listed below.

About Facilities Management:

Facilities Management (FM) is a service unit of approximately 500 employees who work behind the scenes, 24 hours a day, serving the University of Iowa as stewards for our downtown Iowa City campus and Oakdale campus in Coralville. FM staff coordinate campus master planning, manage design and construction, and maintain and clean the buildings and grounds.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or equivalent combination of related education and experience with an emphasis on building automation systems programming
  • Professional experience (typically minimum of 1-3 years) construction coordination of major facilities and HVAC systems, including experience in building systems design, installation, operation, and commissioning as it relates to university standards
  • Ability to conduct fieldwork and interact with clients in a professional and responsive manner
  • Strong communication (written and verbal) and problem-solving skills
  • Working knowledge of DDC building automation systems
  • Ability to perform quick and accurate building automation control adjustments to maintain system performance due to equipment failures
  • Familiarity with construction site safety guidelines
  • Ability to read and understand mechanical drawings, control drawings, wiring diagrams, specifications, sequences of operation, and installation and operation manuals
  • Willingness to learn new HVAC controller lines, software, and new concepts
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated knowledge of effective strategies for working with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in a customer focused, team-oriented environment
  • Three plus years experience in programming and installing complex HVAC systems, with preference to Schneider EBO Controls systems
  • HVAC and/or control system design experience
  • Ability to troubleshoot HVAC system problems utilizing building automation system data
  • Ability to provide mechanical, electrical, and DDC control training in building systems operation
  • Knowledge of University of Iowa Direct Digital Control systems, and HVAC building systems
  • Able to provide clarity and direction to complex and ambiguous problems and challenges


For additional questions, please contact Brooke McMurl at or 319-467-0719.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

Application Instructions:

To be considered for an interview, applicants must upload the following documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended.

Successful candidates will be required to self-disclose any conviction history and will be subject to a criminal background check. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

Job ID: 98227

Posted 7 days ago

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