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Building Automation and Security Technician Apprentice

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Schedule : Monday through Friday, 7am CT to 3:30pm CT

Under the supervision of the Manager of Facility Services, Electrical Automation Systems Team Lead and various Technicians, tests, installs, maintains and repairs the electronic security and surveillance system, automation system and life safety systems for the building complex to ensure the security and safety of personnel and property. Writes and enters programs for the building automation control systems. Works on special projects as requested from design through installation, researching best practices while incorporating safety and regulatory issues involving building automation, life safety and security systems. Apprenticeship program requires attending classes and working onsite during the Monday Friday work week.

Maintenance, Troubleshooting, Repair Testing Electronic Security and Surveillance system and Automation system and Life Safety systems (40%)

Under supervision of others, tests, installs, maintains and repairs the electronic security and surveillance system, automation system and life safety systems for the building complex to ensure the security and safety of personnel and property. Under the supervision of others performs ongoing preventive maintenance of the automation systems, life safety systems, security systems and surveillance systems.

Assists with maintenance of Building Automation System's LAN network, including but not limited to workstations, networking cables, servers and access points. Assists with testing these systems for proper operation, analyzes test results and makes appropriate adjustments, modifications or replacement of electronic or electromechanical and related hardware as required. Uses technical and working knowledge of electricity, electronics and software programming to troubleshoot and repair the above-mentioned systems. Assists in the planning sequence and/or method in which the electronic maintenance and repair is completed.

Installation (30%)

Under supervision of others, installs electronic equipment and associated hardware in accordance with various codes such as National Safety Code, NFPA Joint Industrial Conference standards, NICET and National, State and Local electrical codes. Assists with designs, builds and installs control circuits used to enhance existing security, surveillance, life safety, HVAC and automation systems. Serves as a resource to building services and security staff in the operations of said equipment. Performs maintenance and installation on other electronic equipment i.e. two-way radios, fitness equipment and digital recording systems. Creates updates and builds schematics and wiring diagrams as required. Disables and removes obsolete electronic equipment and support wiring.

Participate in state approved Apprenticeship program (20%)

Attend and participate in class 1 days per week (or as class schedule dictates) and other programs as needed. Remain in good standing with state approved apprenticeship program.

Projects Administration (10%)

Writes and enters programs for the building automation control systems. Special projects from design through installation; researching best practices while incorporating safety and regulatory issues involving building automation, life safety and security systems.

  • As a member of the Emergency Response Team, assists with routine medical situations, building evacuations and monitoring of severe weather conditions to assure the safety of employees and visitors. Assists with various activities such as flag/banner installations, animal abatement, etc.

  • Candidate must successfully complete and pass any required testing (ACCUPLACER exam (entrance exam at MATC).

  • High school diploma or equivalent required. Proven mechanical aptitude required.

  • Candidate must achieve and sustain good standing within state indentured Building Automation Systems Technician apprenticeship program.

  • Ability to read and understand simple blueprints, control and schematic drawings desired.

  • Will be required to develop a basic working knowledge of various National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and other relevant state and local building codes and industry standards.

  • Knowledge of work-related OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) regulations including SDS (Safety Data Sheets) and Confined Space Entry desirable.

  • OSHA 10 General Industry Certification and motorized lift certification must be obtained within 1 year of employment.

  • Member of the Emergency Response Team (ERT), must maintain CPR/1st Aid/AED (defibrillator) certification; may be obtained within first 6 months on the job.

  • Must have a working knowledge of a PC and be able to demonstrate proficiency in common PC functions and applications, such as Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Outlook as well as Internet Explorer.

  • Strong customer focus, initiative, accuracy and problem solving skills; effective organizational and communication skills along with the ability to work independently or as part of a team and to adapt to changing priorities and meet required timeframes; a proven track record of consistently good attendance.

  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position including the ability to frequently lift 80 pounds and to work at higher heights.

  • Must be able to work overtime and weekends when required and will be placed on the calling tree for emergency call in.

  • This job is part of a group of jobs considered essential services. All essential services employees are expected to make every reasonable effort possible to report for work or remain working their shift, even during inclement weather conditions and emergency situations.

  • Must be able to work overtime and weekends when required and will be placed on the calling tree for emergency call in.

  • NICET certification required by year 4 of Apprentice program.

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