Building Automation Controls Specialist

Kirkwood Community College

Perform skilled work in the operation, installation, and testing of digital controls (DDC) for heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) of complex building systems. Aid in the design, implementation, and future compliance of Building Automation System architecture, data modeling, data acquisition, graphical design, and reporting.  Applicant will also be active in facilities energy management strategies.

  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions.
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.

  • Niagara Systems data modeling, and hierarchies of Kirkwood Community College Building Automation System.
  • Graphic programming within the Building Automation System (Niagara, Schneider MNB, etc)
  • Java programming and maintenance of Kirkwood Niagara module.
  • Building Automation network administration – aid in design, implementation, and compliance.
  • Aid in development of Kirkwood Building Automation Standards.
  • Inspect projects and contracted work for compliance with Kirkwood standards.
  • Attend contractor meetings to review specifications and provide guidance on building system controls.
  • Involved with the strategic planning for system controls as it relates to deferred maintenance and Reliability Engineering.
  • Work in collaboration with electro-mechanical technicians on a routine basis to resolve system issues and improve energy efficiency.
  • Respond to emergency situations such as: outages and disruption
  • Maintain the preventive maintenance program on system controls
  • Identify and implement operational strategies for campus systems to ensure continuous and reliable service
  • Aid in data analysis and analytics for Building Automation System.
  • Perform other related work duties as assigned.

  • Able to represent the College in a positive manner.
  • Assume responsibility; deal effectively with problems, and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with students, colleagues, and general public.
  • Read, understand and express oneself clearly and effectively in both written and oral form. 
  • Attention to detail and an ability to multitask in completing complex tasks with accuracy.
  • High level of skill in the application of collaborative, organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and accurately in an atmosphere with frequent interruptions. Maintain a high degree of flexibility.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated organizational and communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and an ability to multitask in completing complex tasks with accuracy.
  • Work independently with limited supervision.
  • Able to interact with diverse personalities.
  • Thorough knowledge of Kirkwood policies and procedures with the ability to understand and interpret clearly and accurately.
  • Attention to detail and an ability to multitask in completing complex tasks with accuracy.
  • Possess a high degree of attention to safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and the general public.
  • Able to remain calm and make critical decisions in high stress situations.
  • Possess excellent computer skills.
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences. 

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.

  • Position involves working in an office setting. 
  • Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping.
  • Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work. 
  • Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.

  • Associate degree, or transfer equivalent, in STEM/Computer Science, Engineering related field.
  • OR 2 years of recent and relevant full time work experience.

  • Experience Niagara systems.
  • 2 years Java programming experience.
  • Experience in web development.
  • Previous experience with controls, control engineering, PID loops, and control logic.
  • Experience in CAPA/Six Sigma or Reliability Engineering
  • Experience with MATLAB and SQL like language.


Kirkwood Community College declares and affirms that it values and respects diversity and inclusion in all College-sponsored events, all employment practices, and all educational programs and activities. The College will not tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment of persons on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, religion, or disability.

Anyone who has questions or complaints should contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, or by phone to (319) 398-5572, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560, Fax: (312) 730-1576, Email:

Job ID: 69033

Posted 14 days ago

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