University of Queensland

University of Queensland

Senior BMS Engineer


Closing in 20 days

  • Property and Facilities Division

  • Be part of an organisation with a meaningful purpose and impact

  • Join a University ranked Top 50 in the world

  • 17% superannuation contributions and 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Based at the picturesque St Lucia Campus

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • On campus childcare options

  • Discounted parking (from just $5 a day)

  • Salary packaging options

  • About This Opportunity

    We are seeking for an experienced Senior Building Management System (BMS) Engineer. This position is responsible for the reliability and continuous improvement of the University's Building Management Systems (BMS) and other plant/equipment control systems, plant, and software upgrades. To ensure quality of BMS plant design and commissioning, assist with the integration of the BMS with other information systems. Identify and action energy efficiency opportunities through improved HVAC controls. and assist ADMIE in strategic BMS asset management planning to ensure long term reliability, quality of system service delivery and spare parts availability. This role is reporting to the Associate Director Mechanical Infrastructure Engineer (ADMIE).

    Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for the reliability, continuous operation, and improvement of the University's Building Management Systems (BMS)

  • Update and maintain UQ BMS Design standards and ensure compliance with the latest Standards and best practice, develop checklists and workbooks

  • Manage and maintain the transparency and consistency of the BMS operations and user interface

  • Plan and manage spare parts and software upgrade to ensure long term reliability of BMS operation. Ensure up to date user friendly system graphics are available to aid troubleshooting, reduce failure response times and to enable energy efficiency

  • Plan and manage BMS asset upgrades projects, Determine the viability, cost, potential energy savings and BMS improvement opportunities

  • Create and manage the subsequent projects, develop scope of work, design briefs and provide superintendent duties during construction

  • Instigate troubleshooting and resolution of BMS and HVAC problems and assist with selected commissioning of new systems; in order to identify generic or systemic issues and to develop and document solutions for the guidance of University staff and consultants

  • Coordinate with campus operations and ensure BMS and controls maintenance activities are carried out up to required standards by the maintenance contractor

  • Provide information exchange and knowledge sharing to enhance the ability of university staff to improve BMS and HVAC controls design and commissioning, follow design standards and quickly troubleshoot HVAC/BMS problems

  • Critically analyse and report on new work during the PREM process and, as required, provide specialist expertise on controls and BMS to other Property and Facility Division business units, such as project delivery and campus operations

  • Collaborate with other team members and stakeholders including campus operations and project delivery to provide BMS technical support and facilitate upgrades and new project delivery including meetings, site inspections, defects rectification

  • Attend and plan required shutdowns as required for projects, maintenance, and testing. Some out of hours attendance may be required

  • Collaborate with ITS for upgrades, planned maintenance outages, Manage, and maintain registers for IP addresses, VLAN management, UPS management, interface to other systems, etc

  • Plan and manage spare parts and software upgrade to ensure long term reliability of BMS operation

  • Provide reporting and record keeping as required

  • This is a Full-time , Fixed-term position through to October 2026. At HEW Level 9 , the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range of $123,496.74 to $130,685.52 plus a generous super allowance of 17% superannuation. The total FTE package will be in the range $144,491.19 to $152,902.06 per annum.

    About You


  • Qualifications and training equivalent to a 4-year Bachelor of engineering degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Process Systems Engineering, or an equivalent degree with a control engineering component; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training

  • Minimum ten years post-qualification experience in the design, installation operation, maintenance, and commissioning of Building Management Systems in the building and construction industry or industrial process control systems

  • Excellent working knowledge of HVAC components and operations including AHUs, chillers, pumps, and cooling towers, VRV and other DX systems.

  • A solid experience of building management system components and the types of algorithms used to control HVAC plant; knowledge of the key features of the Johnson Controls Metasys system would be an advantage.

  • Demonstrable skills in troubleshooting and solving difficult or complex BMS control problems grounded in both a systematic and creative approaches to troubleshooting.

  • Advanced technical writing and communication skills with the ability to translate complex information into easy-to-read user manuals, design guides, commissioning checklists, etc.

  • Ability to prepare and present materials on HVAC and BMS issues to staff and consultant seminars and training sessions.

  • Clear understanding of environmental sustainability and high-level skills in identifying and implementing energy efficiency opportunities.

  • Pro-active approach with the ability to work with minimum supervision towards achieving Divisional service delivery objectives.

  • Past experience in the management and supervision of professional staff.

  • Flexibility, a collegiate approach to tasks and willingness to participate with and support other Property and Facilities colleagues as part of a wider team.

  • Well-developed sense of customer consciousness and willingness to take ownership of problems and see them through to a satisfactory conclusion.

  • Desirable

  • Post-graduate qualifications in Systems Engineering, Industrial Controls, or IT.

  • Exposure to a wide range of systems and BMS applications and practices either in Australia or overseas and knowledge of their practical application.

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Mr Hazem Gouda (Associate Director, Infrastructure and Sustainability) at [email protected]

    For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume', which is step one of the application form.

    Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected]

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close 18 October 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (R - 29944).

    Job details


    Senior BMS Engineer


    University of Queensland




    September 19, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 18, 2023

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    About the employer

    The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. UQ strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, this university has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

    Since it was founded in Brisbane in 1909, UQ has provided exceptional study experiences, research excellence and collaborative partnerships, coupled with an unforgettable lifestyle and stunning climate, to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world. With 3 campuses and more than 40 teaching and research sites, UQ is the perfect place to teach, research and study. Take advantage of the extensive UQ features including the largest research library in Queensland, hundreds of quality study spaces, several museums, a theatre, 11 college residences, and magnificent sporting facilities, such as swimming pools, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, sports fields, Olympic-standard running tracks, and gymnasiums.

    Our high-quality range of around 390 undergraduate and postgraduate programs is one of the most comprehensive in Australia, providing students with the latest and most advanced disciplinary knowledge and industry placements informed by UQ’s world-leading research. UQ’s 6 faculties, 8 globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 2,000 scientists, social scientists and engineers, who continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership.

    As you enjoy Queensland’s stunning campuses and climate, you can also make the most of the University’s proximity to many natural wonders – including beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, outback deserts, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the largest sand island in the world – and visit stunning tourist attractions within an hour’s drive, such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Byron Bay, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and the world-famous ‘Australia Zoo’. Within Australia, Brisbane is renowned as a friendly and affordable city, with plenty of dining and entertainment attractions, and was ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Global Liveability Index as the world’s 18th most liveable city, achieving a perfect score for education and healthcare.

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