Job Code Pay Scale Group Pay Scale Type Bargaining Unit Civil Service or Non-Civil Service Last Executive Board Change Executive Board Change History
97820 04 ST J1 B 784-08 02/25/2022
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JOB CODE: 97820

SERIES NATURE OF WORK: The Building Automation (BA) Systems series describes work in operating, maintaining, repairing, installing, programming, and designing BA systems and devices.

DEFINITION: This is skilled work in operating and maintaining BA systems and related devices.

An employee in this job monitors and operates BA systems using established software navigation and testing procedures and processes, identifies and records operational problems, and reports issues for resolution. Work involves performing scheduled preventative maintenance, testing, and routine repair duties on BA system hardware; running standard reports on system indicators and performance; and recommending and inputting approved adjustments to BA system software settings. Work includes assisting higher-level technicians and trades employees with installing and commissioning BA systems and diagnosing and resolving issues with BA system-controlled equipment and related systems. Work may include maintaining and adjusting pneumatic, electro-mechanical, and electronic controls based on approved settings. Work is performed independently and checked upon completion for adherence to guidelines and quality and timeliness standards.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: (NOTE: The examples of work are representative of the work, but every position classified to this job may not perform all examples of work listed. Conversely, this is not an all-inclusive list of work examples.)

• Monitors BA systems for proper operations, alarms, and malfunctions using desktop, laptop, and mobile devices.

• Identifies faulty equipment or processes through navigating and reviewing information contained in program tabs, hyperlinks, equipment properties, and graphics.

• Follows procedures to resolve and document routine BA system issues and escalates non-routine issues to a higher-level technician, supervisor, or BA system vendor.

• Uses standard procedures to control and operate functional components of equipment such as exhaust systems, auxiliary air conditioning systems, and heated and chilled water circulating systems.

• Performs preventative maintenance and testing on BA system hardware such as controllers, sensors, and wiring.

• Conducts routine repairs of BA system hardware that involve standard steps applied to the disassembly, replacement, and testing of equipment parts, subassemblies, and assemblies.

• Adjusts software settings based on direction from supervisor or higher-level staff to accommodate for building occupancy and efficiency fluctuations, such as temperature, humidity, occupancy levels, time, and use.

• Generates standard operating reports and identifies discrepancies based on established technical standards.

• Assists with the installation of digitally controlled equipment, to include installing hardware, inputting software settings, testing functionality, and commissioning the system.

• Uses multimeters to take measurements on BA system-controlled equipment.

• Uses manufacturers’ manuals, instructions, and equipment schematics to accomplish preventative maintenance and routine repairs.

• Assists with repairing automated and pneumatic actuators and valves and calibrating sensors.

• Demonstrates system navigation procedures and preventative maintenance tasks to coworkers.

• Operates motor vehicles.

• Performs related work as required.


• Knowledge of the methods, practices, and materials involved in the operation and maintenance of equipment controlled by BA systems.

• Knowledge of the care and use of tools for the operation and maintenance of BA system hardware.

• Knowledge of the use and functionality of BA system software.

• Knowledge of the use and functionality of Microsoft Office Suite software.

• Ability to read and interpret electrical and mechanical system blueprints, manufacturers manuals, and equipment schematics.

• Ability to perform basic math functions, to include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

• Ability to use a multimeter.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

• Ability to communicate effectively orally.

• Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: (NOTE: Based on the Entry Level Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities)

• Two years of experience in the maintenance, repair, or installation of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) or refrigeration systems, related digitally controlled equipment, or BA systems;


• Completion of a three year Vo-Tech training program in refrigeration, HVAC, or building automation and six months experience in the maintenance, repair, or installation of HVAC or refrigeration systems, related digitally controlled equipment, or BA systems;


• An equivalent combination of experience and training.


• Certain positions require possession of an active Pennsylvania non-commercial Class C Driver's License or equivalent.

• Certain positions must obtain EPA Universal Refrigerant Transition and Recovery Certification from an approved provider within 6 months of employment.