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WES Operations Specialist (Building Automation)

by Western University

Reference #: 33856
Position Type: Full-time
Location: London, ON
Date Posted: Feb 06, 2024
Western University

Job Description

Classification & Regular Hours

Hours per Week: 35

Salary Grade: 13

About Western

Facilities Management fosters safe, inclusive and vibrant environments that inspire community engagement, life-bettering research and the pursuit of academic excellence.

Facilities Management is responsible for the planning, development, engineering, construction, operation, maintenance and stewardship of all the buildings, infrastructure, sites and services within Western’s campus community. FM departments include the AVP’s office, Facilities Development & Engineering, Power Plant, Business Operations, Sustainability, Building Services, Facilities Operations and Parking & Visitor Services. Our integrated team provides exceptional service in creating and maintaining Western’s facilities and in serving the community.

About Us

The Department of Facilities Development and Engineering (FDE) assumes the key accountabilities in planning, development and construction of all buildings, infrastructure and sites.


The WES Operations Specialist (Building Automation) is the primary operator for the Western Environmental System (WES) and leads the operation of the campus computerized control system. The WES Operations Specialist (Building Automation) is responsible for overseeing the control strategies which determine when and/or how the building environmental systems are to operate, which directly affects the indoor environment for the entire University community. WES is a computerized control system used for monitoring and optimising the energy consumption of building heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems on campus. The Specialist is responsible for the operation of the Central Control Room which involves the operation and monitoring of more than 10,000 building environmental systems with tens of thousands of connected points, more than 500 of which are critically alarmed 24/7.

  • 2 year Mechanical or Electrical Technology/Technician diploma or Instrumentation & Control Engineering Technology/Technician diploma
  • Certified Engineering Technologist designation is preferred
  • 2 years programming and working with HVAC electronic controls 
  • 2 years’ operating, maintaining, and troubleshooting HVAC electronic controls in an industrial, institutional, or commercial setting
  • 1 year experience providing HVAC support preferably in a large, multi-site organization
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Demonstrated excellent knowledge of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems functions and principles as well as Building and Process Control
  • Proven advanced knowledge of digital electronics including knowledge of industrial instrumentation, micro-computer interface techniques and computer network communication technology
  • Strong understanding of the interactions between mechanical systems including, but not limited to, HVAC, steam, water, plumbing, etc. 
  • Delta Controls (e.g. Orca View, Illustrator, EnteliWEB, EnteliVIZ, OrcaWEB) experience preferred
  • Skilled in programming (PLC/HMI/SCADA/DDC), commissioning, and graphic design
  • Knowledge of communication protocols specifically: BACnet, Modbus, TCP/IP, MSTP
  • Ability to process information with high levels of accuracy and assimilate new information quickly
  • Judgement, analytical and problem-solving skills with a consultative and collaborative approach to addressing issues and opportunities
  • Excellent communication skills with a demonstrated ability to complete detailed analytics and reports
  • Proven creative problem-solving skills and sound professional judgment, especially regarding confidential/sensitive matters
  • Able to build and maintain lasting relationships with other departments, key business partners and external agencies
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
Background Checks

Please note, successful applicants may be required to produce a current criminal record check(s) from a police service prior to commencing employment.

Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:

Interested applicants are asked to visit for further information and to apply online referencing job #33856 by midnight on March 26th 2024. 

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.