To make HVACR, lighting and security systems more efficient, most large buildings use a building automation system (BAS) to automate operations. BAS technicians work on this centralized control panel to maintain a facility’s environment for comfort and efficiency.
Why are BAS Technicians Needed?
Temperature control systems can adjust the HVAC system for times and days when a building is occupied. Using thermostats and timers, HVAC systems keep a building at a comfortable temperature year-round and almost invisibly. As such, BAS technicians are needed to install, maintain and troubleshoot these constantly running systems.
BAS may also help balance energy usage and temperature for building zones with diverse needs. For example, a restaurant may have a very warm kitchen area yet need to keep its dining room cool and comfortable. A BAS and its connected equipment can supply both areas with the cooling and energy they require.
With digital technology, BAS have integrated programmable logic controllers (PLC) and sensors to manage building systems and equipment such as air conditioner compressors, fans and pumps.
Building Automation System Technician Duties
BAS technicians support a building’s management, tenants and systems by managing BAS equipment and technologies. A BAS technician’s primary duties include:
- Monitoring BAS components for HVAC, plumbing, electricity, computer networking, lighting and security
- Troubleshooting, testing and repairing/replacing equipment that manages a building’s comfort, efficiency and safety.
- Working with building managers, tenants and visitors to provide a safe and comfortable experience inside the building
- Working with architects, engineers, contractors and other professionals to maintain or expand the building’s features and capacities
- Collaborating with BAS vendors and solution ti use the data from BAS components to improve a building’s performance or reduce its operating cost
Train to Be a Building Automation System Technician
A BAS technician combines knowledge and skills in digital technology with those in the areas of electrical, mechanical, telecommunications and information systems.
To work as a BAS technician, you must:
- Be well versed in computer-based control systems for managing the building’s environment, safety and efficiency
- Be comfortable with computer interfaces, software systems and HVAC systems such as heat pumps, boilers, air handlers, lighting controls, security and fire alarm interfaces
- Possess analytical knowledge and hands-on skills with building systems
This diverse skill set sets BAS technicians apart in the HVACR industry. It’s also the reason why BAS technicians are well-paid. Glassdoor.com lists the average salary for a BAS technician at $79,609 per year.
The most efficient way to specialized skill set together is to follow a training course designed specifically for working on building automation systems.
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