November 1st, 2017

Building Automation System Controls Programmer 

We are actively seeking a qualified DDC Tech / Programmer / System Integrator to join our team, with experience using the Alerton, Distech, Tridium and Niagara platforms.  This individual will utilize programming tools, standards and procedures, and their knowledge of building systems and applications to develop program instructions for DDC controllers and graphical front-end user interfaces.  The BAS programmer will work alongside Project Managers, System Engineers, and Field Installers to fulfill the project requirements. Programming will include setup of user interface and/or browser based systems using Tridium/Niagara. The ideal candidate will be able to incorporate a sequence of operation into a device and/or workstation application that meets all project requirements.  The BAS Programmer is responsible for creating such computer programs by converting project sequencing requirements into code as well as modifying, troubleshooting and repairing existing programs for commercial HVAC environmental control systems.  This role will additionally require system integration along with control startup & checkout, commissioning and project closeout.

ECT Services background:

 

ECT Services was established in 1981 and is a diversified technology leader, serving customers throughout Kentucky and Indiana with Building Automation HVAC Controls and Security System products, systems, and services for their buildings.  ECT Services installs and services the systems that help keep buildings and facilities comfortable, safe and secure.  Our mission is to provide excellent customer satisfaction and maintain relationships by providing quality installations. We set the bar high for excellence in our industry and pride ourselves in maintainability and sustainability of our integrated systems. Our standards have been adopted as protocol with our customers, architects and engineers.

 

  • Job Type:Full-Time
  • Experience Level: Entry Level – Experienced
  • Location Louisville, KY
  • Salary: Dependent upon experience
  • Company Benefits available: Health, Dental, Simple retirement IRA, paid vacations and Major holidays, along with short term and long term disability options.

 

Role Expectation:

 

  • At the highest level, program Building Automation Systems.
  • Convert project requirements into computer program code… use Direct Digital Control (DDC) code creation for: sequencing, trend logs, zones, alarms, reports, back-up, and graphics.
  • Confirm program operation by conducting tests and modifying program sequence.
  • Coordinate details & time-frames of the startups with mechanical/electrical/general contractor on site.
  • Must verify functionality of DDC controlled components.
  • Must perform equipment and system testing, installation, inspection, troubleshooting and problem determination, control panel wiring and checkout, and repair of computer automated control systems.
  • Startup and commissioning will consist of field device inspection, testing and calibration, hardware operation verification, software configuration programming and testing of equipment sequence of operations.
  • Performing service and repair on existing DDC systems.
  • Utilize a multimeter for advanced system diagnostics and tracing out wires & circuits
  • Preparing and submitting any required commissioning documentation.
  • Documenting all changes related to as-built drawings.
  • Assists personnel with solutions to systems problems, either troubleshooting the system or advising others on how to resolve problems.
  • Provide consistent and clear communication with internal and external customers.
  • Provide technical guidance throughout development, construction, and project commissioning phases of projects.
  • Lead and manage the coordination of integration activity and providing technical support of DDC based hardware and software including working with other engineers to create and/or verify control and integration point lists.
  • Conduct graphics engineering functions which include: creating graphics submittal packages as required, reviewing graphics as a completed package, for completeness and accuracy, develop and maintain graphic library, and participate in solution of job-related graphic problems.
  • Creating and maintaining backups of customer databases in accordance with company procedures.
  • Set up and configuration of PC Workstations, user interfaces, data servers, IP Networking devices, protocols, routers, switches, mass storage devices and hubs. Confirms proper network performance.
  • Coordinate startup services: Work with customer’s IT Department to coordinate network drops, ip addresses, and monitoring tools. Work with equipment vendors to coordinate communication protocols and any requirements to integrate with their systems.
  • Train customers on system operations.
  • Attend routine progress meetings with the client, vendors or subcontractor to discuss project updates, concerns, and resolution of issues.

 

 

Qualifications & what you need to be successful:

 

  • We are looking for someone who easily adapts to new worksites and projects quickly, as priorities can change based on workflow and urgency of customer need.
  • Understand this is a hands-on technical position that requires use of a laptop, hand tools and multi-meter performing startup and commissioning of computerized temperature control system, which controls HVAC equipment such as roof top units, air handlers, VAV boxes, heat pumps, chillers, pumps, cooling towers, boilers, heat exchangers.
  • Experience with BACnet, LON, Modbus, Alerton, Distech, Visio, Tridium, Niagara, or other Building Automation Systems is a requirement.
  • Technical school or Associates degree (2 year) preferred, although a combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • Above average computer skills required
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Field experience in service & repairs of HVAC equipment.
  • Working knowledge of electrical systems, low voltage controls & building automation systems.
  • Strong communication and customer service skills, oral and written.
  • Ability to read and understand mechanical drawings, control drawings, wiring diagrams, specifications, sequences of operation, and installation and operation manuals.
  • Analytical thinking and technical ability for the troubleshooting of device failures and or control wiring problems.
  • Commercial HVAC and/or Mechanical Systems knowledge a plus.
  • Experience with electronics and basic electrical circuits.
  • Positive and professional attitude
  • Must have the ability to work without direct supervision.
  • Willingness to learn new HVAC controller lines, software and new concepts.
  • Experience in block or line programming.
  • Computer networking and Wireless Experience is a plus.
  • Valid driver’s license, a good driving record, and a reliable vehicle with proper insurance
  • Frequently travel to out-of-town work assignments with occasional over-night stays
  • Able to pass drug screen & security clearance required by clients.
  • Willing to work flexible hours as needed.

To apply, please contact David Stumler at (502) 636-2402 (Ext. 120) or dstumler@ectservices.com.

 

February 24th, 2017

School plant operators already have a tall order. They must keep school buildings clean and in good working order, often with limited resources in aging facilities, all while surrounded by hundreds of busy little mess-makers.

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But the job doesn’t stop there for many plant operators. They take their role a step further, supporting students and teachers with joy and enthusiasm that brings a warmth and light to a school that the systems they monitor can’t even begin to generate.
Jefferson County Public Schools highlighted one such plant operator recently in a video on their Facebook page. Mickey Bridwell, plant operator at Blue Lick Elementary School in Louisville, Ky., greets children in the car rider line each day and leads them in a special chant. He sits with students at lunch, ties shoes, cheers up children who are having a tough day, and does whatever he can to help “make teachers’ jobs easier.” Best of all, he does it all with a warm, grandfatherly smile on his face.
Bridwell recognizes that he is a role model for students, and embraces that role with enthusiasm.
What can administrators and communities do to appreciate and encourage plant operators, custodians and other school support staff personnel? Here are a few ideas:
Include them in decision-making. Plant operators and custodians should have a place at the table when key decisions are being made, from supply changes to process changes to system changes. Their front-line experiences yield valuable insights, especially in the highly variable context of school buildings. Including plant operators and custodians in decisions will ensure successful implementation later.
Honor their contributions. Set aside time on the school calendar to honor plant operators and custodians. October 2 is National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day, so that might be a good start. Appreciation also might take the form of features on excellent plant operators or custodial staff in school or district-wide newsletters, or even video profiles like the one produced by JCPS. Don’t underestimate the power of “surprise and delight” opportunities, too, such as bringing in a hot breakfast for plant operators and custodians who must show up early to de-ice sidewalks on cold days.
Support networking and learning opportunities. Connect plant operators and custodians to organizations and opportunities that help them grow, such as the Kentucky School Plant Management Association. The KPSMA offers a conference and workshops every year. ECT Services will be participating in the KPSMA conference this year, which will take place Oct. 18-19 at the Embassy Suites Hotel at 1801 Newtown Pike in Lexington.

December 6th, 2016

Role and Responsibilities

The candidate will be working as a team with fellow ECT Team Members, clients and subcontractors to ensure that all projects are completed on time and on budget.  This role will engage you in the installation of the infrastructure, wire support systems, cable, and conduit on Building Automation Control Projects.  You will install panels, controllers, field devices & components of the systems… and provide final termination of all cabling to ensure a complete installation of the control systems.  This role will also have the opportunity to work with the programmers and commissioning agents to test and troubleshoot the systems.  Finally, as we empower our Team Members to make decisions that correspond with our vision, mission and core values… this person is expected to meet performance standards as set by ECT Services, demonstrate initiative, and take ownership of their projects.

The System Install Technician position performs the following (but not limited to):

  • Read, review and follow project related documents such as blueprints, drawings, project scope, budgets, deadlines, and sequence of operation for proper execution requirements
  • Installation and termination (and addressing) of panels, controllers, field devices, cabling and other components of the Building Automation Control Systems.
  • Install & connect power to equipment, panels, and components as required
  • Label any and all installed wiring
  • Troubleshoot and repair circuits, wiring, devices, and networks (know how to use a multimeter)
  • Installation of conduit and cabling management & support infrastructure systems
  • Work with Programmers and commissioning agents to test and troubleshoot system operation
  • Provide trust & leadership to your whole team… and the customer!
  • Coordinate material and ordering requirements with Project Managers
  • Maintain & manage your material stock for the project… as well as your equipment (such as tools, ladders, drills, gangbox, etc)
  • Build & wire microprocessor control panels for all projects (in-office or in-field)
  • Update As-built drawings as needed
  • Attend job site meetings to represent & discuss work flow, scheduling and progress

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to see and hear well (naturally or with correction) and speak clearly
  • Coordinate the movement of eyes, hands and fingers
  • Stand, bend, and sit
  • Ability to occasionally lift up to 75 lbs.
  • Must be capable of working extended hours when job/business needs demand

Preferred Skills

Candidate should have electrical experience (120VAC, 12VDC and 24VDC)… preferably with low voltage control systems (Temperature controls, maybe even Security systems), ladder logic, relay logic, controllers, and field controllable devices.  Any experience with Siemens, Johnson Controls, Alerton, Honeywell, Automated Logic, etc. systems and controllers is a plus.  The ideal candidate should also be proficient with computers & Microsoft Office software applications, and possess a networking knowledge base.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

This position requires a high school diploma or higher degree of education & training.  A Journeyman or Master electrical license is a plus, but not required.  Knowledge of electrical codes is expected.  The candidate must be able to learn and follow sequence of operations for projects in this industry. It is necessary that the candidate be very detailed oriented in their work ethics and have a good leadership aptitude.  To be successful, the candidate should have the ability to accurately and calmly handle multiple priorities (with interruptions) and still meet deadlines. Candidate should be creative, and a self-starter with good organizational &time management skills.  The candidate must possess great communications skills, both written and verbal.  It will be expected that the candidate can work either independently, with minimal supervision, or in a team atmosphere… have take pride in their work and accept responsibility.  Per our culture, we expect a friendly, professional attitude towards both internal and external customers (and co-workers)… while continuously building constructive and effective relationships.

Additional Notes

Candidate should be able to work overtime and out of town occasionally (approx. 30%).  There may also be travel and overnight stays associated with required trainings and classes.   A history of excellent employment attendance, valid driver’s license and clean driving record required.  Background checks and random drug screenings are required for employment.  ECT Services and industry associated safety plans will be adhered to.  All necessary tools to perform required tasks for this position are to be provided by team member.  ECT will replace tools as wear and tear appears.

 

Please contact dstumler@ectservices.com for more information or to apply for this position.

June 9th, 2016

We’re pleased to announce that Scott Kohler has been promoted to Sales Manager.

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Kohler, who has more than 15 years of sales and leadership experience, took the reins of the Controls and Security Sales Team on June 1.

“Scott demonstrates strong leadership and is instrumental in developing the growth of the business,” said Jeff Murphy, president and CEO of ECT Services.

Scott joined the ECT Services team three years ago, and most recently served as service account manager. His goal is to continue delivering a strong customer experience.

“I love what I do, where I do it, and I love working with and helping people,” said Kohler.

But what would he be doing if he wasn’t the sales manager at ECT Services? The avid golfer would love to turn pro.

When he’s not at work, the University of Louisville graduate enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing, enjoying his friends or cheering on the Cardinals.

March 30th, 2016

Join our growing team!

The primary function of the CAD Operator is to design project documentation in the form of control drawings, floor plans, presentation drawings, and asbuilt documents.  The CAD Operator must be a creative, self-starter, detail oriented individual with good organizational and communication skills.  This position is the key to maintaining accurate and quality drawings/documentation.

This position requires that you perform the following (but not limited to):

  1. Prepare layouts, drawings and designs according to engineering specifications using AutoCAD software.
  2. Analyze designs and confers with engineering & necessary team members to resolve details which may not have been completely defined.
  3. Work with engineers regarding the review & accuracy of the design, drafting standards and documentation.
  4. Adhere to the existing company file management structure for all AutoCAD drawings & projects (both electronic and hard copies).
  5. Provide direction and guidance to less experienced CAD Operators.
  6. Coordinate w/ the engineer to obtain floor plans in AutoCAD format for current projects.
  7. Continue to streamline the “design to CAD” process and implement time saving techniques.
  8. Understand and manipulate AutoCAD features such as blocks, sheet sets, X-refs, title blocks & templates, modelspace & paperspace, import & convert files (and familiarity with other revisions of AutoCAD).
  9. Complete the asbuilt drawings at the end of the project.
  10. Keep informed on AutoCAD and related technologies and advancements.
  11. Understand and follow existing workflow practices for the company.
  12. Develop an understanding of temperature control & security control systems.
  13. Track work progress on company project tracking sheet & stay within budgeted hours per project.

Physical Requirements

  1. Ability to see, hear, speak clearly, walk, sit for long periods, and use hands to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, telephone, etc.
  2. Ability to view a computer screen for long periods of time.
  3. Must be capable of working extended hours when job/business needs demand

Qualifications & Competencies

  1. This position requires a Degree in Computer Aided Drafting & Design.  In addition, the preferred candidate will have 5 years of AutoCAD experience. 
  2. Knowledge or experience with Temperature Controls & Security Controls and/or Fire Alarm systems designs a strong plus. 

For more information, or to apply, please contact Mike Berger at 502.636.2402×104 or email is mberger@ectservices.com.

March 1st, 2016

Put your great skills to work by joining our team.

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**Integration Security Control Design Engineer***

(Louisville, KY)

Position Summary:

The individual expected to be proficient in applying engineering principles and practices for all Security Controls Projects. Fire Alarm design capabilities preferred.  This person is expected to meet performance standards as set by the Operations Manager, exhibit a high level of leadership, demonstrate initiative and take ownership for projects successful design and implementation.   This individual is responsible for maintaining regular contact with staff, owners and property managers, effectively communicate to project managers.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate proficiency applying engineering principles
  • Assist Account Managers with project design
  • Attend and lead sales to operations pass down meetings
  • Coordinate with contractors and customers all engineering requirements on security projects
  • Coordinate project schedule and all project related information with Project Managers
  • Obtain all materials required to engineer and execute projects
  • Complete in a timely fashion all design documents to meet the scope, plans and specifications
  • Obtain and review submittals
  • Complete engineering design sheet and product cut sheet submittal
  • Respond to submittal review/responses
  • Assist with as-builts
  • Respond to all Request for Information documents
  • Complete procurement documents for procurement
  • Coordinate with all required parties on all proposed design packages
  • Track and maintain all engineering phases of assigned projects
  • Schedule CAD resources with Department Manager
  • Perform site walkthroughs as required
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Qualifications

Education/Experience:

  • Mechanical/Electrical Degree preferred
  • Minimum 5 years Security Integration industry experience
  • Experienced in both new and retrofit construction projects
  • Programming knowledge and experience with Lenel, Bosch, etc.
  • Goal oriented with a strong desire to succeed
  • Ability to work independently or in team environment
  • Positive Attitude
  • Posses excellent oral, written and verbal communication
  • Desire to grow and overcome challenges
  • Ability to interact with customers, field staff, management and office team
  • Knowledge of Fire Alarm design a plus
  • Proficient in CAD or Visio, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

For more information or to apply, please  contact David Stumler:

dstumler@ectservices.com

502-632-4322

 

June 9th, 2015

Here in our hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, we take three things seriously: college basketball, bourbon, and horse racing. For the first time in 37 years, a Triple Crown hopeful that started his journey at Louisville’s own Churchill Downs competed for and won the eponymous third title that put him among greats such as Secretariat, Citation, and Seattle Slew. With the thrill of victory still heavy in the air, the ECT staff is reminiscing about a recent day the team enjoyed at Churchill Downs. Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 8.12.50 AM

 

We understand that a happy and engaged team makes the work day a little easier for everyone, so we were excited to take a little break from the daily grind and come together not as coworkers, but as friends. From the ECT suite under the famous Twin Spires, we laughed and ate and enjoyed the thrill of the races. Well, most of us (some of us were luckier at the betting window than others).

 

Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 8.14.19 AMWe believe in saying “thank you” to our team for a job well done, and there’s no better way to do that in Louisville than a day at the track. When our employees feel appreciated, we know they are motivated to provide the best service to our customers. Back to work in the ECT offices this week, the ECT family raises a (proverbial!) glass to Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah. Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 8.13.28 AM

March 3rd, 2014

I am often asked how many employees we have at ECT Services, Inc.  I always smile a little inside when asked, because I am about ready to provide an answer most people are not expecting.  My answer is always the same, “Zero, we have no employees”.  I always get a strange look as if to say, “What?  No employees?  How do you get work done?”  I quickly let them off the hook by telling them, “We have 37 Team Members”.  Then I get the, “Oh, I get it”, look.

While it may seem to be a small change in wording, it is a culture we have embraced and continue to develop for more than three decades.

We want our customers to enjoy a unique and excellent experience when working with ECT.  For this to happen consistently, we must ensure our Team Members enjoy a unique and excellent experience working at ECT, so they are fully engaged when serving our customers and the community.

We value our people beyond their working hours, beyond their ups and downs, beyond their just showing up and being here.  We value them as humans, as key contributors to our success and spend tremendous time and effort to ensure they “feel” like Team Members and not cogs in an endless wheel of work.

January 12th, 2014

One of the core missions of a good project manager is to build teams. You often find, however, that managing and building teams is much easier when described in courses and theory than it is in the practice of managing actual projects. 

But there doesn’t need to be a gap. Here are five actionable steps that you can begin implementing today to help your teams become stronger, make you a much better project manager and create an atmosphere that breeds success.

  1. Be an active communicator. 
  2. Trust your team. 
  3. Understand your team members’ individual motivations.
  4. Don’t embarrass your team. 
  5. Be flexible.