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HVAC Network Engineer

Location: South Bay (San Jose)         posted: 02.05.19

About the Department

The Department of Public Works is responsible for delivering capital improvement projects for a wide variety of City facilities and infrastructure, maintaining City facilities and fleet assets, facilitating, and regulating development activities, and providing animal care and services.

Public Works is committed to high-quality service, collaborating with the community, and providing an excellent environment in which to work.  We strive to constantly demonstrate the City values of Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Collaboration, Respect, and Celebration, and seek employees who do the same.


Position and Duties

The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience.  In addition to the starting salary, employees in the Network Engineer classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation pay. 

Public Works Department is seeking to fill a vacant Network Engineer-HVAC Controls position. This position deals with local/wide area networks with multiple servers and network segments, systems administration and system maintenance.

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Evaluates and specifies personal computer hardware. Upgrades operating systems, specifies and configures hardware/software.
  • Design control systems and Lon/Bacnet/Modbus networks.
  • Monitors system performance for availability, speed, capacity, storage issues and security problems. Change the performance of systems and prevent the items shown above from becoming problems. Examples of actions include applying security patches, ensure security best practices are followed and restoring lost data (including data that is the most difficult to receive).
  • Implements a preventive maintenance routine identifying weaknesses of current system to help identify critical server issues. Sets up maintenance schedule.
  • Resolves a variety of problems with servers such as lack of storage space, communication problems with Ethernet switches, Echelon network problems and other critical server/network issues. Coordinates resolution of problems.
  • Creates/reviews/modifies controls sequence of operation statements and in some cases implements by writing custom algorithm in controllers as needed to accomplish control strategies.
  • Develops and recommends design plan for LON/Bacnet/Modbus/LAN/WAN networks, including research and developments of a capacity plan (number of users, applications needed, logistics, switch connectivity, routers, etc.).
  • Consults with outside vendors, establishes and maintains vendor purchase orders, evaluating performance and suitability with regard to the technical nature of installed system wide HVAC BMS system.
  • Adjusts control algorithms, settings and/or replacing failed controllers as needed in response to customer complaints.
  • Researches suitable replacements for obsolete control equipment to ensure interoperability.
  • Must have knowledge of fire alarm systems and how they integrate with the building automation system.

Education: Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, MIS, or a closely related field.

Experience: Three (3) years of experience equivalent to performing technical work of a complex difficulty to provide desktop, data security, system administration, server or network support to end users.

Acceptable Substitution: Two (2) years of related experience may be substituted for up to two years of the education requirement.

Licenses or Certificates: Possession of a current industry certification that demonstrates expertise in the relevant information technology field, such as a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) certificate for Windows Server Enterprise, Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Network Associate (CCNA) certification, Brocade Professional IP Administrator (BPIPA) certification, OR an equivalent professional, industry recognized certification acceptable to the City. Examples of equivalent certifications include but are not limited to: LONMARK, Schneider/TAC Tridium Niagara R2 or AX, and Invensys TAC/Schneider I/A Lon controllers.

Possession of a valid California’s Driver’s License.

Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.                              

Additional Information

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The application deadline is on March 6, 2019 at 11:59 PM.  Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application. 

If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Ashley Lancaster at

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