Direct Digital Control Specialist 4

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
04 – K – Exempt
Work Unit:
Office of Physical Plant
Facility Automation Services
Full/Part Time:


This position will report to the Facility Automation Services- Support Services Supervisor and will be responsible for developing comprehensive applications engineered solutions for specific projects, as well as providing technical support to the field organization. This office-based position is responsible for the technical support and issues resolution of the Johnson Controls building controls systems, specifically the Metasys application, using company tools and operating protocols. Receives system trouble tickets from both internal and external sources to resolve building automation systems. Some travel may be required. Responsibilities include: Review project specifications and develop the required documentation. Maintain, adjust, calibrate, troubleshoot, and install direct digital controls on new and existing campus DDC, building automation and energy management systems. Principle responder for campus Johnson Controls heating and cooling issues, providing technical resolution to DDC, building automation and related issues. Read, understand and interpret technical and construction related documents (drawings, technical manuals and specifications) in order to determine appropriate equipment and materials required and proper methods of repair or installation. Perform point-to-point system check outs and participates in new and renovated system startups. Ensure proper software setup, programming and communication with server(s). Provide technical support, direction and guidance to end users and other trades personnel. Maintain technical proficiency in building system applications through regular educational activities such as seminars, training classes, conferences, and self-education. Respond to campus emergencies, both during the day and after hours, as needed. Use campus software tools and other documentation methods to effectively develop, organize and maintain necessary work-related technical documentation. Possess journey level experience in maintaining, adjusting, calibrating operating, repairing, troubleshooting and installing Johnson Controls, Automated Logic Controls, Tridium, Siemens, Distech and Barber Coleman electric, pneumatic and direct digital controls on HVAC related systems. Possess journey level experience in the use of computers and associated software to maintain, adjust, operate, repair, troubleshoot, and install Direct Digital Controls on the Campus Wide Johnson Controls, Automated Logic and Tridium building automation systems. Possess master level technical ability of DDC control theory and building operations, in order to perform investigations of complex HVAC system controls and functionality issues, evaluate alternate solutions and provide sound recommendations to supervisors, shop personnel and others. Must possess journey level knowledge of the potential occupational hazards connected with electrical and building system controls, work along with the associated safety standards and practices which should be applied. Have the ability to conduct detailed field inspections of new construction, renovations or stand-alone projects, and provide recommendations to supervisors, tech reps and others, in order to optimize shop level support for the campus capital and major maintenance programs. Have the ability to read and interpret both electric and automatic temperature control drawings and technical manuals for all systems and equipment serviced. Must have a willingness to initiate productive work activity, work independently from both written and verbal work orders and accept responsibility for these work assignments. Must be available for emergency after hour’s work, which may require carrying a cell phone. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus six years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Additional years' experience in HVAC Controls/Building Automation, Applications Engineering and DDC Programming is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will have extensive field experience installing, troubleshooting and designing the Johnson Controls Metasys application and have a current Metasys System Extended Architecture Factory Certification. This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver’s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088