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Automation Technician (req4891)

The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority.

Department: Controls
Location: Saskatoon
Status: Term, up to 12 months, with the possibility of extension or becoming permanent
Employment Group: CUPE 1975
Shift: 1. Tuesday to Saturday, 4:00 pm - 12:30 am
          2. Thursday to Monday, 4:00pm - 12:30 am
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Salary Information: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $26.81 - 36.14 per hour (Facility Services/Phase 5). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Posted Date: 8/21/2019
Closing Date: Until Filled.
Number of Openings:

Primary Purpose: Under general supervision, conducts preventive maintenance, repair, installation, and commissioning and general servicing of HVAC Automation Systems (including detailed troubleshooting of systems).To monitor and respond to alarms and feedback from the Central Control and Monitoring System (CCMS).  To respond to alarms and trouble signals provided by the Fire Signal Receiving Centre. To provide operational support for the various trades, technician, and engineering groups within Facilities through access and manipulation of the CCMS.  

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Assistant Manager, Facilities the incumbent will work independently and as team member within USask and Facilities policies and guidelines. This position responds to CCMS alarms, phone, in-person, radio, and electronic requests and inquiries from Facilities staff working alongside and supporting other technical positions, tradespersons, administrative staff and part-time students.  Preventive maintenance activities such as filter changes, oiling and greasing, and inspections will be performed. Troubleshooting fire alarm devices and panels.  Communication skills and a high degree of technical skills are essential to remotely support tradespersons in the field to resolve HVAC and Building Automation System (BAS) related issues. The incumbent will refer to and advise the Assistant Manager, Facilities on matters or issues outside the scope of this position and will work closely with and receive direction from other Facilities managers and project managers as the work may dictate. This position will work in a variety of environments from offices to shop areas, to most any university site or area inside and outside. A moderate level of physical effort is required and proper safety policies and procedures must be followed to prevent exposure to fumes, noise and dirt during assessments and field inspections. Work is driven by high volumes where there is a continuous surge of university projects, maintenance and shifting priorities.

Typical Duties or Accountabilities: Key duties and tasks of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Must be aware and mindful of safety hazards and must always work in compliance with all safety practices and procedures.
  • Maintains outstanding customer, peer and management interactions at all times.
  • Diagnoses and repairs complex electronic control system malfunction's requiring extensive knowledge of a variety of electronic or digital controls systems and ability to test and write modifications in multiple languages of systems software.
  • Monitor the Computerized Work Management System (CMMS) for work requests that require investigation by the operator.
  • Initiate and execute further investigations and problem solving measures as required.
  • Monitor the BAS and their controlled environments by configuring, running and reviewing daily alarm reports, special trend reports, critical alarm reports, and intuitive investigation of the various graphical displays.
  • Investigate and remedy database problems including reloading of databases as required.
  • Work with others as an integral part of the commissioning team, helping with ringing in alarms.
  • Advise the Customer Service Centre of out-of-service notices for equipment and the areas affected.
  • Ensure that ventilation is scheduled to meet seasonal variations of the academic calendar, demands of construction activities and varying needs of the campus community, while respecting the goals of energy conservation.
  • Assist to coordinate and monitor the emergency generator test run procedure and follow up on any BAS issue resolution.
  • Assist to coordinate annual fire alarm drills with Safety Resources, the Saskatoon Fire Department, and Facilities electrical area.
  • Provide information obtained through the CCMS for trades-persons, technologists, planners, engineers and others that help and enable them to do their jobs.
  • Assisting in Creating and maintaining as built building automation system (BAS) drawings and records.
  • Field investigations and audits of existing conditions of BAS infrastructure may be required.  
  • Inspect and report asset/equipment damage, troubles and failures
  • assess and acquire needed material for repair/replacement
  • assist qualified tradesperson(s)
  • oiling and greasing motors, fans, pumps
  • cleaning and replacing filters in furnaces, air conditioning and ventilation systems
  • inspecting and replacing small belts on mechanical equipment
  • reading and recording steam, gas, water and electrical meters
  • clean mechanical and low voltage electrical rooms
  • maintain positive public relations with building contacts and occupants
  • Other duties as assigned

Education: Completion of Grade 12 and a Vocational School four year program or an Associate degree in electronics, mechanical systems, computer technology, air conditioning or similar field. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. The successful applicant for this position will be subject to a satisfactory criminal record check. 

Licenses: Must hold and maintain a valid Province of Saskatchewan driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record.   

Experience:  Three years of industry experience or five years’ experience in servicing electronic and/or mechanical systems in the HVAC industry.  

Skills: Demonstrate a keen understanding of safety practices and principles.  Ability to read blueprints; effective interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal; ability to effectively deal with conflict, stress and inter-office dynamics; possess maturity of judgment; team work skills; ability to work accurately with attention to detail; ability to work with minimal supervision. Generally required knowledge includes HVAC controls systems, facilities management systems, site preparation, peripheral equipment installation and servicing techniques.


The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. The University must, however, comply with federal immigration requirements. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.