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Controls Engineer

Apply now Job no: 492888
Work type: Full-time (hourly)
Location: Chester
Categories: Staff

Widener University is currently seeking a Controls Engineer in our Facilities Management Department. Reporting to the Assistant Director for Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing Systems and with minimum supervision, the Controls Engineer operates, troubleshoots, maintains, and manages the University building automation system (BAS).  The Engineer is responsible for ensuring efficient operation of building systems to provide comfortable learning and working environments while conserving energy.

Facilities Management staff are responsible to provide safe and beautiful facilities that support the academic mission and campus operations. The Facilities Management Mission is to continuously improve the services we provide and make the experience of students, faculty, staff, and visitors the best it can possibly be.  Every staff member may be assigned duties within their capacity aside from duties that are their technical expertise, and every staff member is empowered to perform tasks within their capacity to achieve this Mission.

This position is essential and is required to report and remain on campus in response to emergencies even when normal university operations are cancelled or suspended.  This position may also be required to work weekends and off-hours to support weekend operations and special events.

Widener University is committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. The Facilities Management Department holds a deep commitment to an inclusive culture that supports the work of faculty and staff members across the institution, and works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer to facilitate that commitment. 

Widener University has established a COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all faculty and staff who will be on our campuses to be fully vaccinated and compliant as a condition of employment. Our goal is that all members of the Pride may safely experience Widener's hands on, inclusive, and personalized learning environment in person.

In addition to the above COVID-19 statement, all employees, who do not already have an approved exemption, are also required to receive a booster dose no more than 7 days after you become eligible

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to):

Essential duties:

  • Installs, maintains, and repairs computerized electronic, pneumatic, and direct digital control (DDC) devices related to HVACR and lighting control throughout campus.
  • Updates building automation schedules, as necessary, to operate buildings according to business, academic, and event schedules while maximizing energy conservation.
  • Provides work order documentation, as required;
  • Coordinates with other trades, as required, to ensure multi-trade projects are completed efficiently and completely;
  • Maintains a professional appearance.
  • Maintains a positive customer service orientation and attitude.

Secondary responsibilities:

  • Assists in furniture and event set ups and break downs, decorations for special functions, meetings, etc.
  • Assists in emergency response events including snow removal operations.
  • Cooperates with other university employees and related contractors to achieve the best possible outcomes
  • Other duties as assigned and within capability

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education/training and experience required):


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Must possess
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must have successfully completed one of the following: 1) an approved accredited 4 year apprenticeship in HVAC; 2) HVAC-trade specific vocational school 2-year program; 3) HVAC trade specific military or corporate training program with 5-years of experience operating and maintaining industrial and/or commercial HVAC systems.
  • Knowledge of building system HVAC, SCADA/controls systems including one of the following: Allen Bradley; American Automatrix; Honeywell, Johnson Controls, or Siemens
  • Must have knowledge of methods used in the operation, maintenance and repair of commercial/industrial HVAC systems;
  • Five years’ experience troubleshooting, maintaining, and installing pneumatic, electric, and electronic control systems
  • Five years’ experience operating, troubleshooting, repairing, installing, and managing building automation system;
  • Must be able to read and interpret complex blueprints, drawings, sketches, and diagrams;
  • Knowledge and understanding of sequence of operation for AHU's, chillers, boilers, VAVs and hydronic systems;
  • Ability to troubleshoot repair and replace pneumatic HVAC control system devices.
  • Ability to proficiently use a laptop computer to troubleshoot digital HVAC control systems.
  • Must have the ability to follow both verbal and written directions in English; the ability to interact with students, faculty, administration, and staff in a professional and positive manner, as well as the ability to read and understand NFPA and ICC codes and OSHA guidelines, such as Material Safety Data Sheets, equipment safety data plates, fuel/chemical flash points, etc.


  • Certified Energy Manager credential
  • Niagra 4 Technical Certification Program


  • Must be able to stand, sit, bend, kneel, climb stairs, reach, and climb ladders;
  • Must be able work in confined spaces and in elevated spaces (e.g. scaffold, bucket-truck platform, ladders, high-reach lifts);
  • Essential and required to report and remain on campus in response to emergencies and weather events even when normal business operations are cancelled or suspended;
  • May be required to work on weekends and holidays to support weekend operations or special events

Qualified candidates must submit resume and cover letter for consideration.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected to interview will be contacted. 

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation and leadership.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive university, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law Schools located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the university, please visit our website at


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