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Battelle Memorial Institute Building Control Operator in Columbus, Ohio

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail, and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

We are currently seeking a Building Control Operator . The position is located in Columbus, OH .


The Building Control Operator (BCO) will support Battelle’s King Avenue Campus and will provide 3rd Shift BCO coverage Saturday - Sunday and 1st Shift HVAC Maintenance coverage Monday – Wednesday or an alternate schedule of 3rd Shift coverage Saturday – Wednesday. The selected candidate may also need to provide support and work other schedules as needed.


  • Operates the Building Automation Systems (BAS) and maintains equipment in proper operating condition (primarily Saturday and Sunday)

  • Responds to and makes decisions for corrective action to all alarms on the BAS

  • Monitors and controls the operation and maintenance of all mechanical systems equipment, including distribution systems, boilers, hot water tanks, ventilation equipment, lab equipment, motors, pumps, valves, compressors, air conditioners, and related environmental equipment to ensure safe and efficient operation

  • Monitors equipment to ensure operation is within specified parameters, especially to meet the requirements of conducting project work for clients; makes adjustments and repairs as necessary; conducts necessary tests and inspects system equipment and components to detect actual and potential mechanical problems that would affect system performance, and takes corrective action

  • Operates the BAS and the related software; ensures that system modifications and upgrades maintain or enhance overall system flexibility, responsiveness, and reliability

  • Establishes effective standards and procedures for operation of heating, air handling, electrical, and mechanical controls systems

  • Starts, stops, and adjusts operating equipment in response to requests for changes

  • Troubleshoots and performs minor repairs in response to work orders about inadequate comfort levels

  • Performs preventative/predictive maintenance, repairs, and adjustments on HVAC equipment and/or boiler plant equipment to ensure the safety and reliability of critical mechanical systems (3 days per week - Monday - Wednesday)

  • Develops and implements an effective preventative maintenance program using the site's computerized maintenance management system (CMMS); performs preventative/predictive maintenance, repairs, and adjustments on mechanical and electrical systems and controls; monitors and records effectiveness of maintenance activities; takes care of corrective actions when necessary to ensure the safety and reliability of critical mechanical systems in a laboratory environment

  • Responds to, and assists, in performing emergency repairs on mechanical-related equipment and controls

  • Responds to emergency calls during non-business hours and determines corrective actions, contacts the appropriate staff to make assignments, and conducts necessary follow-up actions

  • May be required to work overtime for activities related to HVAC and boiler plant shutdowns, repairs, and emergency situations

  • Performs self-development activities sufficient to maintain craft specialty skills and certifications required to perform assigned tasks

  • The job requires the physical ability to perform medium difficulty work, including lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling work materials and tools; ability to climb ladders, maintain balance, stoop, kneel and crouch to gain access to equipment components; ability to read meters and use tool accessories; acuity of vision for close work; depth perception and color vision

  • Performs special tasks requiring similar duties and responsibilities, as assigned


  • Requires a High School Diploma and 4 years of experience with large chiller systems, cooling towers, air handling systems, boilers, steam distribution systems and condensate systems OR a related technical degree plus 2 years of experience

  • Must have mechanical aptitude and a working knowledge of HVAC/mechanical related equipment, steam systems and boiler plant operations, including electrical, electronic, and pneumatic control equipment for large building and laboratory automation systems

  • Initiative to actively pursue opportunities and training to maintain specialty skills and certifications required to perform assigned tasks

  • Must be able to work from building drawings, architectural plans, operational guides, and maintenance manuals common to trade

  • Ability to modify existing drawings and schematics to account for components that have been modified or added to the system.

  • Must be familiar with operation of a personal computer, and Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

  • Must have experience with software commonly used for tracking and reporting system status in BAS and CMMS systems

  • Must have the knowledge of tools, materials, procedures, hazards of the trade, and possess the physical ability to perform manual labor, including work outdoors in inclement weather

  • Must be able to use communication device such as a pager, cellular phone, or two-way radio during and after normal business hours, including weekends

  • Must have good oral and written skills, good customer service skills, and ability to follow through and carry out assignments

  • Must be self-motivated and can be productive with little or no direct supervision

  • Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States


  • Knowledge of Honeywell and Siemens building automation systems is a plus

  • A mechanical contractor's license, Third Class Stationary Engineer License and/or refrigeration certification is desirable


The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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