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Building Automation Systems Technician

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Shift: 2:00pm - 10:30pm, Monday - Friday

Shift Differential Included!! ** Up to $37/hour!!**


Under the general direction of the Manager Facility Services, 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. Responsible for scheduling, collaboration and supervising service contractors and expediting progress and completion of projects.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities :

(40%) Performs ongoing preventive maintenance of the automation systems, life safety systems, security systems and surveillance systems. Maintains Building Automation System's LAN network, including but not limited to work stations, networking cables, servers and access points. Tests 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. Responsible for ordering electronic equipment and maintaining an inventory of parts.

(30%) Creates changes, reevaluates programming language for building automation system and other equipment utilizing software. Maintains complete and current documentation for all changes to the systems and informs the system's users of changes and how they affect daily operations. Maintains software back up of automated building system processors. Recommends system enhancements and expedites their implementation. Programs automation systems to fulfill the operational needs of the facility staff and assists them in understanding programming options.

(15%) Installs electronic equipment and associated hardware in accordance with various codes such as National Safety Code, NFPA Joint Industrial Conference standards, NICET (Level 1 required, but must be attained by the end of the 1st year of employment, Level 2 must be obtained by end of 2nd year of employment) and National, State and Local electrical codes. 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.

(15%) Plays an integral role in the development and implementation of various building projects. Responsible for researching best practices while incorporating safety and regulatory issues involving building automation, life safety and security systems. Responsible for scheduling, collaboration and supervising service contractors and expediting progress and completion of projects. Responsible for the maintenance of the building automation database in respect to the ongoing needs of the organization. Instrumental in development of related databases and the importing/exporting of data to other company software systems.


  • Minimum of three years of experience with installation, programming and maintenance of building automation systems (preferably Honeywell and Johnson Controls) or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Associates Degree in Electronics Preferable not mandatory.

  • NICET Certification preferred or obtained with two years of employment

  • Ability to read building blueprints is critical, along with advanced knowledge of relevant state and local building codes and standards.

  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision and have a proven track record of effective independent decision-making.

  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills are required.

  • Ability to maintain excellent relationships with our customers, contractors and various departments within Northwestern Mutual and outside of Northwestern Mutual.

  • Excellent responsiveness to customer requests and effective communication are necessary.

  • Excellent documentation skills are required.

  • 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; a track record of consistently good attendance.

  • 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 the hardware and software components of a PC, as well as basic data networking concepts.

  • Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in common PC functions and applications, such as Microsoft Windows file systems, Outlook, Office, Internet Explorer, etc.

  • Ability to work at heights, on ladders, scaffolding and lifts.

  • Must be able to work overtime when required.

  • 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.

  • Lift and transfer objects which weigh up to 20 lbs. From floor to a 35" height up to 66% of the day (tools, manuals, computer monitors, small batteries).

  • Lift and transfer objects weighing 21 to 42 lbs. from floor to a height of 36" and back to the floor 0 to 33% of the day (55 amp batteries, TV monitors, ladders).

  • Maximum lift and carry of objects weighing up to 42 lbs. From floor to waist height, for a distance of up to 300 feet (10 to 16 foot ladders).

  • Pull objects with up to 38 pounds of force 0 to 33% of time for a distance of 20 feet over smooth hard surfaces (inside lift).

  • Pull objects with up to 52 pounds of force 0 to 33% of time for a distance of 20 feet over smooth hard surfaces (inside lift).

  • Maximum reach and lift of objects weighting up to 21 pounds from chest height to a height of 68 inches 0 to 33% of the time. (Remove and replace 12 V 25 amp batteries above shoulder height while standing on a ladder).

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Please note that this is the standard pay structure. Positions in certain locations (such as California) may provide an increase on the standard pay structure based on the location. Please click here for additional information relating to location-based pay structures.

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