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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

To perform work in the installation, maintenance and repair of Direct Digital Control (DDC), pneumatic and electrical control systems. 


Install, repair and maintain DDC equipment related to HVAC systems. Use a workstation or portable terminal to command points, evaluate programs, backup databases and update changes or additions to the databases. Interpret, modify and write software to control HVAC systems and equipment. Evaluate sequences of operation and assess the probability of the sequences functioning properly with DDC, pneumatic and electric control systems when applied to HVAC equipment. Read and interpret blueprints and schematic diagrams related to HVAC control systems. Diagnose HVAC system problems, including verifying operations of dampers, valves, actuators, coils, fans, pumps, heat exchangers, VAV boxes, airflow devices, water flow devices, thermostats, and other HVAC components. Prepare reports indicating findings after troubleshooting HVAC and DDC control systems.

Install, repair and maintain pneumatic controls, including receiver controllers, relays, switches and other pneumatic devices used for control of HVAC systems. Install, repair and maintain electric controls, including freezestats, relays, electric pneumatic and pressure electric switches. Access motor control centers and motor starters to wire control and status circuits. Install control cabinets, mount control equipment and cut, bind, and route conduit lines for control wire and pneumatic tubing. Install, repair and maintain other field devices including sensors, airflow stations, water flow stations, freezestats, and other field devices to make a complete control system. Inspect, test and analyze malfunctions of equipment, using ammeter, voltmeter, ohmmeter, flowmeter, oscilloscope and computers. Make cables for computers. Dismantle and repair equipment, replacing defective electronic and pneumatic components. Perform preventive maintenance activities on DDC and other related control equipment. 

Required Qualifications*

Graduation from high school or equivalent and specialized training in HVAC systems and DDC technology is necessary. Considerable knowledge of the tools, equipment, methods and materials related to HVAC and DDC systems is necessary. Considerable knowledge and experience installing, repairing and maintaining HVAC and DDC equipment is necessary. Considerable knowledge and experience servicing DDC equipment at the component level is necessary. Some experience writing software for DDC systems related to HVAC systems is necessary. Must be able to fulfill the requirements to operate a UM vehicle. 



Desired Qualifications*

Experience with and ability to test performance, balance and make adjustments to air and hydronic systems, using specialized tools and test equipment, such as pitot tube, manometer, anemometer, velometer, tachometer, psychrometer, and thermometer, to isolate problems and determine where adjustments are necessary.

Experience with and ability to inspect, test, adjust, and balance heating, cooling, and ventilating systems in campus buildings, using specialized tools and test equipment, to attain performance standards specified in system design.

Experience and ability with basic testing procedure requirements including, but not limited to:

• Calculating and measuring air flow volumes, and velocities

• Reading and evaluating air and water pressures

• HVAC hot water/chilled water system balancing

• Use of basic algebra skills

• Use of troubleshooting skills

Experience/familiarity with Siemens Building Technologies, Honeywell, Johnson Controls and ASI Controls is desired. 

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 7am to 3:30pm

Selected candidate might be asked to work overtime. 


Additional Information

Facilities and Operations seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the U-M Skilled Trades Union, Inc., which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


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