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Control Systems Engineer (Facilities)

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Berkeley, California 94720
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Control Systems Engineer (Facilities) - 83561

Organization: FA-Facilities


Berkeley Lab (LBNL, addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.


Position Summary:

Berkeley Lab’s Facilities Division has an opening for a Control Systems Engineer. The Facility Monitoring and Control System at LBNL is comprised of a vast network of systems, equipment and devices that interact and control nearly every aspect of building operations. Such systems include production-level process control and reporting for mission-critical facilities, site-wide HVAC system control, and critical alarm notifications for our Scientific programs. Operation and Maintenance of these control systems is imperative to our facility operations, as well as the success of Mission Critical research. As a member of LBNL’s Facilities Division Engineering Team, the Control Systems Engineer will assist in engineering and management of the Facility Monitoring and Control Systems (FMCS) throughout the Lab. The Control Systems Engineer (CSE) will operate and maintain daily FMCS functions such as Controller/Equipment Troubleshooting, Alarm Management, Cyber Security, Trend Data Analysis, Field Controller and Point Level Maintenance, Network Level and Database Maintenance, Energy Monitoring. As a subject matter expert, the CSE will provide capital project support including design review, general project oversight, and management of related contractors and parties. System reliability and energy efficiency are primary objectives of upgrade projects, where system maintenance and documentation are long-term objectives to ensure full system utilization throughout system life-cycle. You will support HVAC and Control System retrofit projects spanning multiple buildings. The projects will be executed on occupied and operational scientific facilities so the engineer must be confident in making decisions affecting the operation and modification of complex HVAC and process control systems. With minimum supervision, this position plans and conducts independent work requiring judgment in the evaluation, selection, application and adaptation of standard and emerging controls systems engineering criteria, procedures, and configurations, employing the most life-cycle cost effective approach on each project.  Provide oversight, programming, field services, commissioning, maintenance and renovation of the site-wide control systems and training of the systems users.  Exercise judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques, procedures, and evaluation criteria on all assignments to obtain results.  Solve complex problems requiring an in-depth evaluation of various factors in creative and effective ways.  Develop new techniques and methods of accomplishing work more accurately and in less time.


What You Will Do:

• Identify and implement strategies using building automation controls to save energy and improve building operability.

• Perform work that involves formulating and implementing detailed controls engineering sequences for multiple on-going projects in various stages of completion. 

• Prepare engineering analysis, conceptual designs, design criteria, construction documents, cost estimates, and maintenance information based on programmatic and institutional requirements. 

• Provide support to the building trades during construction and performs controls programming and verifies system performance through commissioning. 

• Organize and compile pertinent information for maintenance & operation equipment files and databases. • Compile preventive maintenance procedures for HVAC and Control Systems.

• Provide responses to Requests for Information.

• Perform, oversee, or lead the production of studies in existing facilities including preparation of project proposals; contribute to the development of project performance methodologies; field measurements of variables; development of proposed modifications; retrofit cost estimation; life-cycle cost analysis; and preparation of project reports. Perform field inspection of HVAC and Control Systems installation. • Participate in Functional Performance Testing and commissioning process.

• Plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate detailed engineering work to meet project time, cost, and performance requirements for all projects assigned.  Develop engineering work consistent with all other design team disciplines.  Resolve review comments on construction documentation.  Stay informed of the scope, schedule, and cost status of every active project.

• Comply with and enforce applicable Federal, Department of Energy, State of California, and industry design laws, regulations, orders, codes, directives, and standards adopted by the Laboratory.

• Use computer-aided drafting, spreadsheet, and word processing programs to modify standard specifications, details, and other electronic files to satisfy project-specific requirements.  Develops new, standard reports, CAD details, drawing notes, and equipment specifications to improve the quality and timeliness of services and deliverables. Compile archive drawings into consolidated sets using AutoCAD 2013 or newer version.  Field-verify and update existing AutoCAD drawings for Mechanical and Control Systems. Generate HVAC and Control Systems drawings including Process and Instrumentation Diagrams in AutoCAD to document existing conditions. Provide documented direction to internal crafts for installation and existing system modifications. Participate in HVAC and Control System submittal document review process.

• Develop, maintain & enhance relationships with internal and external collaborators such as EH&S, • Protective Services, Sustainable Berkeley Lab, UC, DOE, State and Federal Agencies.

• Attend internal and external meetings to aid in design, planning, construction, commissioning, training, and closeout of projects.

• The successful candidate will have proven experience in HVAC and Control System design and construction, preferably with experience in existing building retrofit projects.


Additional Responsibilities as needed:

• Participate in other related activities as directed by the Chief Mechanical / Energy Management Engineer or Matrix Supervisor.

• Participate in other related activities as directed by the Chief Sustainability Officer and/or Energy and • Sustainability Manager in support of meeting DOE sustainability goals.

• May include complex tasks such as resolving conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials, difficult coordination requirements, and value engineering.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled. 



• This is a full time, 2 year, term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment  based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.

• Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

• Salary is commensurate with experience.

• This position is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

• Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.


Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4 ( Click here ( to view the poster: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law".


What Is Required:

• Bachelor’s degree in the mechanical engineering, electrical, or control systems engineering or related discipline from an accredited college or university is preferred and a minimum of 6 years experience or a combination of education and/or experience.

• Proven substantial relevant experience designing automatic control systems as applied to wet/dry laboratories, clean rooms, cold rooms, shops, and office facilities. 

• Proven substantial relevant experience coordinating the work of other engineering/design disciplines and trades personnel. 

• Demonstrated experience working on control system retrofit projects from design through completion. • Must be familiar with some of the industry wide energy management and control system such as Automated Logic Corporation (ALC) and Johnson Controls Metasys or other industry standard system.

• Demonstrates the ability to accurately translate written sequences of operation into the program languages of the ALC or Johnson Controls Metasys controls systems or other industry standard system.

• Proficient with software applications related to engineering and design tasks.  Proficient in ALC WebCTRL, Johnson Controls, Inc. Metasys, AutoCAD 2013 or newer software, Lutron Lighting controls or similar lighting control systems, and data analysis.  Possesses a working knowledge of computerized planning and control methods.

• Experience interfacing with electrical, mechanical and/or control systems contractors.

• Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of Engineering concepts, systems, calculations, applications, energy measurement, and construction methods, materials and economics.

• Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of Applicable regulatory and industry safety codes and environmental regulations pertinent to controls engineering and construction.

• Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of Federal, Department of Energy, and State of California energy-efficiency codes.

• Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of BACnet building automation system architecture, communications and operating sequences.

• Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of HVAC system fundamentals.

• Demonstrates a specialized knowledge in automatic controls design, programming; construction support; and system performance verification.

• Experience applying analytical and problem solving skills to complex problems. Demonstrated ability to take initiative, use sound judgment and provide solutions to ensure results.

• Demonstrates the ability to portray construction work on drawings that meet functional requirements, are complete, well organized, technically correct, require minimal rework to obtain supervisory signoff, and result in a minimum of construction craft requests for information and change orders.

• Demonstrates the ability to commission and troubleshoot controls systems software programming, communications networks, controllers, and devices. 

• Proven planning, prioritization and organizational skills. Excellent time management skills and ability to manage multiple projects at once.

• Excellent proposal development, presentation, and client relationship skills. 

• Demonstrates the ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with a wide range of groups and individuals.  Excellent collaboration skills and ability to effectively interact with people at all levels, internal and external to the organization.  Ability to effectively interact, and communicate with a variety of project staff.  Excellent interpersonal skills with a customer-focus approach.  Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team.

• Ability to work on top of ladders and/or scaffolds in order to perform occasional field work, at times around hazardous systems and equipment, to inspect construction, equipment, systems, and structures.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

• PE license in mechanical, electrical, or control system engineering.

• Professional certification in energy management or related area(s).

• Advanced degree in related area(s).

• Experience with Automated Logic WebCTRL building automation systems.

• Experience in electrical systems sufficient to meet pre-requisite of LBNL Qualified Electrical Worker 1 training.

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