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Jacobs Lead Controls/Building Automation Engineer III in Arlington, Virginia

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Our Telecommunications Group has been at the forefront of creating a new generation of wireless communication infrastructure for over 40 years. We specialize in everything from network development to complete telecom life cycle solutions. While the wireless world is ever changing, the demand for innovative technology and long-term support services remains constant. These services include site acquisition, design, and construction, to full operations, maintenance, and deconstruction.

Responsibilities and Duties: The Controls Building Automation Engineer III is a highly skilled professional responsible for designing, programming, testing, and commissioning control systems for commercial and industrial building automation systems, HVAC systems specifically. This position will be based in the Richmond, VA in support of projects in Northern Virginia.

Duties include:

  • Leads design, maintenance, modification, and commissioning of controls systems.

  • Leads install, replacement, and re-commissioning of control devices, equipment, and software.

  • Advanced knowledge of diagnosing and troubleshooting software and hardware issues with controls systems.

  • Leads required systems and sequence of operation testing.

  • Communicate via emails, service tickets, reports, commission sheets, etc. This would include interfacing with Project Managers, engineering, programmers, installers, and customers.

  • Coordinates detailed point-to-point check-outs and evaluations of mechanical, electrical, and access control systems to ensure proper installation and operation.

  • Ensures maintenance of accurate As-Built drawings and compliance with all turnover documentation requirements.

  • Leads field team in calibration of systems using basic electronic test equipment, such as multi-meters and a laptop computer.

  • Leads field team in troubleshooting and commissioning of software programming.

  • Leads field team in training of building automation systems to customers.

  • Responsible for completing paperwork on-time, including timesheets, work orders, on-site documentation, and project status reports.

Our health and welfare benefit are designed to invest in you, and in the things you care about. Your health. Your well-being. Your security. Your future. Typical benefits offered include flexible work schedules and opportunities to work remotely, educational reimbursement, retirement benefits, employee stock purchase plan, health benefits, disability benefits, life and accident insurance, voluntary benefits, paid time off and paid holidays, and parental leave. Salary offer is geographic dependent.

Qualifications – External

Here’s What You’ll Need:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or related field.

  • At least 3-5 years of experience in programming HVAC control systems.

  • Strong knowledge of HVAC control systems and protocols such as BACnet, LON, and Modbus.

  • Advanced working knowledge in HVAC mechanical and/or electrical systems

  • Advanced troubleshooting skills in mechanical and electrical systems

General Skills:

  • Strong verbal and written communication and customer service skills.

  • Strong observation and decision-making skills.

  • General knowledge of MS Office (Excel) required.

  • Must be able to work independently, establish priorities, and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Must be available to travel as needed

  • Must be eligible to work for any US employer without current or future visa sponsorship

We help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive.

Essential Functions: Intermittent sitting, walking, standing, bending, squatting, climbing, kneeling, twisting, and lifting to 20 pounds. Hand manipulation is required for grasping, pushing and pulling, and fine manipulation. Right and/or left hands utilized. Need to reach and/or work above the shoulder, as well as below the shoulder for same. Must be alert to equipment in the field, there will be travel, will work near construction job site equipment when in the field, occasional need to work near hazardous equipment and machinery, occasional need to walk on uneven ground, exposure to dust, gas or fumes, exposure to noise, extremes in temperature or humidity, and work at heights.


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