Cowles Executive Search

Building Automation Applications Engineer -

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Cowles Executive Search (DBA "Create the Team") is a search/recruiting company focused on the Buildi

Job Description

Building Automation Applications Engineer

Posted: Sunday, 4/7/2024

A Building Automation (also known as HVAC Controls or Energy Management) Engineer (Also known as a "Project Engineer", "Applications Engineer", or "Controls Engineer", depending on the client-company and the size/type of projects) works directly on the project team to design HVAC control and energy management systems. Duties can involve CAD drawings, system/network layouts, point database creation, programming, ordering of components, project management and jobsite coordination with technicians and sub-contractors. The Building Automation Engineer may act as the Project Manager for smaller (under $100K) projects, or purely as a design/applications engineer on multi-million dollar projects.


· Ownership of the design and proper function of complex building automation systems, and a major role in executing jobs as estimated/budgeted.

· Possesses good knowledge of HVAC / air conditioning systems and controls.

· Basic understanding of control programming and graphics for control systems.

· Knowledge of, and ability to coordinate with those doing electrical terminations, commissioning, graphics, programming, test and startup.

· Manages / engineers multiple projects on multiple client sites.

· Maintains customer satisfaction with building owners, mechanical contractors and mechanical consulting engineers

· Some travel within territory, but overnight stays are rare.


This position has no supervisory responsibilities, and reports to Operations Manager or Group Operations Supervisor. It's common to coordinate with an electrical subcontractor onsite, plus be partnered with a technician/specialist doing start-up/installation on the sites.


· High school diploma, plus either 4-year technical (mechanical engineering highly desired) degree.

· If no 4-year/Engineering degree, military or two-year technical school, plus significant experience in a similar role or high-functioning technician/specialist role in the past. (We love seeing technicians/specialists develop into engineers and project managers!)

· Basic knowledge of electricity and electrical circuits.

· Basic knowledge of HVAC systems (you know what you're looking at in a mechanical room or with a piece of unitary equipment in an individual space).

· Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products, programming and engineering drawing tools.

· Familiarity with the concepts of new construction, renovation/retrofit, and service projects.

· Knowledgeable of contracting processes and sub-contractor relationships.

· Familiarity with energy management systems, HVAC systems, and temperature controls, and related/integrated systems.'
Work Remotely

  • No

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $35.00 - $55.00 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Application Question(s):

  • Tell us what brand experience you have in Building Automation (Such as Alerton, Distech, Tridium, Automated Logic, Delta Controls, etc.)
  • What is your motivation at this point in time for considering a new job at a new company?
  • This is a nationwide posting, with opportunities in most major markets. Let us know your preference for location (no wrong answers here, just tell us if you'd like to remain where you are, or if you would consider other cities/states):


  • Building Automation: 2 years (Preferred)

Work Location: Multiple locations

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Cowles Executive Search At A Glance

Cowles Executive Search (DBA "Create the Team") is a search/recruiting company focused on the Building Automation Industry.
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