BAS Controls Engineer 1/ (Engineer 1) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

BAS Controls Engineer 1/ (Engineer 1)

What You Will Do

The Building Automation Systems (BAS) Control Engineering position within ES Division is assigned to the Institutional Facilities (ES-IF) Group.

The BAS Controls Engineer is a member of the Building Automation Systems and Data Acquisition team which includes a small dynamic team of controls engineers, computer scientists, IT, networking, and electronics and field technicians. These team members work closely with and support the Sustainability Program and Operations goals for energy savings through the ongoing maintenance and operation of the building automation systems and building performance analytics. In addition, the team members also provide state of the art technical solutions and support for remote monitoring, data

collection, system analysis and design improvements, and dashboarding.

A BAS Engineer 1 will carry out the following:
  • Provide engineering field support, and expertise for BAS used in the daily operations and control of facility HVAC at LANL. Insure safe, reliable, and energy efficient operations and maintenance for all BAS (Trane, Automated Logic, and Alerton) installed campus wide.
  • Program BAS databases and sequences of operation, monitor, troubleshoot and tune control systems resulting in optimized building equipment operation, energy utilization, indoor air quality and comfort. Modify programming and graphics as necessary.
  • Assist HVAC field and maintenance technicians in the installation, repair and replacement of various components or systems. Provide advanced troubleshooting of comfort, energy, indoor air quality, and safety concerns related to HVAC systems and controls.
  • Perform design review and provide input on new building automation controls projects that include laboratories, offices, and mixed uses.
  • Work with Project Management, Construction, outside contractors, consultants, and controls vendors to install, network, import controls and sensor data points into the fault detection and diagnostics (SkySpark) software platform for control systems and field device commissioning.
  • Manage BAS controls and equipment issues through the SkySpark analytics system and workflow for documenting maintenance request.
  • Review and analyze data from electrical, natural gas and water meter readings and the building automation systems and verify accuracy. Conduct statistical analysis and create predictive models of building energy and water usage. Develop energy baselines and track building performance, and evaluate trends to inform energy audits and support capital investment decisions.
  • Remain current with state of the art hardware, software, and technology. Investigate and recommend innovative engineering solutions to improve system operations, maintenance, and security.
  • Establish, document, and maintain troubleshooting and maintenance procedures for the recurring and unscheduled maintenance of HVAC systems.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Knowledge of various types of programming languages (e.g. C++, Python, MatLab, etc.), both line and block (graphical).
  • Knowledge of typical metrics and formulas for engineering systems and calculations, application of engineering methods, and application of technology aided engineering tools to conventional and non-conventional facility and operations-based engineering problems
  • Smart, intellectually curious, analytical, and tenacious in finding solutions. Adaptable to a variety of roles and projects

Education/Experience: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from an ABET-accredited college or university and 0 to 2 years of practical work experience.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Awareness of industrial control systems, and metering devices, and remote monitoring.
  • Knowledge of information technology architecture and communications networks for industrial control systems, including familiarity with BACnet, Modbus, MSTP, ARCNET protocols
  • Experience either with energy and HVAC audits or commissioning work.
  • Bonus points for experience with microcontrollers, DIY electronic projects

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine:

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.
Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid childbirth and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.
Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment StatusFull Time