System Administrator 2

Standford, CA 94305

Posted: 10/11/2018 Employment Type: Contract Industry: Clinical & Scientific Job Number: 14008

Bayside Solutions is seeking an System Administrator 2 to be part of our client’ s team. This is an opportunity to work with a private research university in the South Bay, California.  This Client is known for its academic strength, wealth, proximity to Silicon Valley, and ranking as one of the world' s top-ten universities

Our Company Bio: Bayside Solutions was founded in 2001, Bayside was recognized as one of the fastest growing professional staffing companies in Northern California. The numbers tell the story: We have close to a 100% client retention rate, 700% growth in four plus years and over 95% repeat business. Our dedication to building partnership relationships with both our clients and our recruits is the key to our phenomenal success.

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Business Title: Control System Administrator, Facilities Automation (4 positions available)

Job Title: System Administrator 2

The mission of the Facilities Automation Center (FAC) is to:
  • Ensure single point accountability for the performance and reliability of our building control systems
  • Provide intuitive controls-based tools to clients involved with facilities management that enable them to do their jobs more efficiently
  • Ensure building systems are adequately monitored to enable optimal performance
  • Enable seamless integration of building control systems with IT infrastructure and data analytic applications
  • Serve as a technical resource for project management and operations teams across the University


The Control System Administrator blends skills from three traditional engineering fields – HVAC engineering, Controls engineering, and Computer Science. These skills are needed to support the complex task of building and maintaining IT based controls and monitoring systems within our portfolio of buildings. Modern building systems like HVAC, lighting, utilities interface, lab processes, door access, digital signage, video monitoring, and many more, are now built upon software run on virtual servers connected via virtual networks over standard Internet Protocols. Furthermore, these systems are often integrated with one another and share data with third party analytics and monitoring systems. Building systems represent a primary source of “ Big Data” for new Smart Campus opportunities, and the building system hardware components represent specific items within the “ Internet of Things”.

The Control System Administrator provides the tools that enables other facilities operations and maintenance staff to do their jobs. For example, the control system software is a portal used by the HVAC, Plumbing, and Electric Shops to visualize and manipulate the systems they are responsible for. In fact, every trade must be adept at utilizing modern control systems, as they must be able to review and acknowledge assigned alarms, temporarily adjust or override control set points, and remotely troubleshoot system problems. The Control System Administrator is responsible for the User Interface and the behind the scenes computer hardware, software, and IT networks that make the control systems possible. The Control System Administrator will also provide training and mentoring to partner organization staff to help them utilize controls technologies most effectively.

The Control System Administrator uses proprietary third party software to create sequence of operation controls logic to operate the many individual processes within our buildings. The Control System Administrator develops custom logic to match the unique needs of each project. The complexity of control sequences is ever increasing as additional requirements are placed upon building systems, like energy efficiency, interoperation with other systems, and advanced safety features. The Control System Administrator must develop unique control system logic programs for maintenance and upgrade projects as well provide subject matter expert oversight for large new construction and retrofit projects being implemented by contractors.

The Control System Administrator regularly reviews and provides technical feedback on controls related project drawings and submittals. The Control System Administrator may be assigned to support multiple project management teams throughout the life of each project to ensure all contractor questions are accurately and promptly addressed and that all University design guidelines are adhered to. The Control System Administrator will provide high quality written and verbal feedback to the project teams. The Control System Administrator will also contribute to the development of written specifications and standard reference drawings.

In addition to the base control systems, the Control System Administrator will also configure and monitor software analytic tools like Fault Detection & Diagnostic (FDD) systems. Through experience with common building processes and the associated control systems, the Control System Administrator will ensure valuable faults are programmed that provide actionable knowledge for O&M staff.

The Control System Administrator reports to the Associate Director, Facilities Automation, while often working under the direction of a Project Manager for specific assignments.

Summary of Responsibilities:
  • Program customized project control system data bases using third party proprietary controls software. This creates the custom map of all points used in the control system with point names, tags, and the hierarchy of how they relate with one another.
  • Create the sequence of operation logic program files using control system software
  • Create the user interface graphics program files using control system software
  • Administer the campus master building controls alarm portal. Review and update the alarm logic, set points, and routing instructions.
  • Administer the campus master building controls scheduling interface software system to ensure occupant needs are correctly translated into optimum controls schedule settings.
  • Confirm all communications networks are installed and configured properly between the room level Local Control Units, the Building Level Controllers (i.e. JACEs), and the Building Control System Server
  • Monitor performance of computerized components and communication networks to ensure uptime and reliability of control systems
  • Perform controls system software upgrades and patches
  • Procure, install, and configure control system software on building control system servers for internally managed upgrade projects
  • Provide owner' s oversite and feedback to controls contractors and system integrators during large project design, construction, and commissioning phases; attend project meetings as required
  • Review and comment on sequence of operations (SOO) developed by design contractors as well as internal project engineers
  • Observe and support functional performance tests for construction projects
  • Using HVAC engineering and Controls Engineering experience, update control tuning parameters as needed following project turnover
  • Provide subject matter expert advice and feedback to University project management teams
  • Manage complete controls installation and upgrades for internally managed projects, including completion of required documentation 
  • Produce cost estimates for various controls project scenarios in support of new construction and maintenance project teams
  • Provide periodic engineering review of building performance through controls and analytics software platforms. Assess details like building schedule, energy use, return temperatures, and stability of control loops.
  • Configure and tune controls analytics tools (i.e. FDD) to match needs of specific processes and buildings
  • Troubleshoot building control problems and escalate resolution with partner departments as required
  • Support troubleshooting of building process systems, including but not limited to HVAC and lighting, by working with other operations departments to efficiently identify and resolve source of problems
  • Maintain building control system documentation to ensure accurate as-built information, up to date sequence of operations (SOOs), and easy to reference set points and schedules
  • Serve assigned shifts within the Facilities Automation Center to provide easy access for customer calls and walk-ins, and to actively review building systems performance
  • Ensure all customer needs are being satisfied through effective and consistent programming, easy to use graphics, reliable network configurations, and intuitive alarm management

Summary of Qualifications:
  • Bachelor' s degree and five years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Preferred, 5- or more years directly applicable experience programming and maintaining modern building Direct Digital Control (DDC) systems (may also be referred to as Building Management Systems).
  • Tridium Niagara Certification, or ability to acquire within one year of start
  • Ability to program Local Control Units, Building Level Controllers, and Building Control System Servers (i.e. Supervisor).
  • Experience with computer PC architecture, basic computer math and conventions, and basic PC troubleshooting. Comptia A+ certification (or equivalent) preferred.
  • Knowledge of general network topics, such as TCP/IP protocol and OSI model. Network+, CCENT, or equivalent certification preferred.
  • Knowledge of commercial building HVAC processes and systems.
  • Ability to interpret mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and control systems drawings.
  • Ability to produce engineering and control system drawings.
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent customer relations skills.
  • Familiarity with modern Fault Detection & Diagnostics (FDD) analytic systems is preferred.

  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Frequently sitting.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, twist/bend/stoop/squat, reach/work above shoulders, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other, grasp forcefully, use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 21> 40 pounds.
  • - Consistent with its obligations under the law, we will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Exposed to high voltage electricity, noise > 80dB TWA, confined spaces, hot temperatures, heavy metals.
  • Extended hours and weekends.

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with our colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

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