Our team has grown once again! We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the newest member, Ivan (pronounced Eevahn):
Ivan joined the team November 18th, just in time to have a long weekend for Thanksgiving!
Ivan is an Energy Account Manager. His role is to keep buildings in and around Kentucky healthy, comfortable and efficient with their energy spend. He’s pleased to work with our line of offerings which he says are the best temperature control solutions in the market.
Ivan came from Honeywell Building Technology where he served his customer base for thirteen years in commercial security and building control automation market as a business consultant. He is married to Alicia and together they have two beautiful girls ages two and thirteen. His current hobbies are listening to vinyl, playing guitar and spending quality time with his family.
Considered at times a coffee elitist who loves quality brewed coffee, his roots go all the way to Honduras, Central America. Ivan is bilingual (Spanish and English) and has lived in Louisville for 17 years.
We asked Ivan why he felt ECT Services was the best next step for him in his career. His response:
” They value of taking great care of customers in the long term. They focus on doing the job with excellence. ECT Services has a great Team DNA – a culture where you are considered family and not a number.”
He really loves to connect with people. He is truly in the business of people and networking with others.
From time to time, we like to shine a light on one of our team members. Meet Brian Roach, Temperature Control Installation Technician, who joined the ECT Services Team in July after having been in the industry for a total of 22 years.
We asked Brian what his first impressions were of our team and he indicated we are a friendly, helpful group of folks. We agree, thanks for noticing, Brian.
In an effort to get to know Brian better, we asked him a few rapid-fire questions, listed below with his answers:
Are you a dog person or a cat person?
What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner?
Describe your perfect Saturday.
Family time at the lake, cooking out, cold beers
It’s great to have you on the team, Brian. Thanks for all you do to for our customers.
ECT Services is seeking to fill positions for Building Automation and Security System installers & technicians. We’re looking for candidates to be working on our team with clients and subcontractors to ensure that all projects are completed on time and on budget.
These roles will require you to perform installation of the system infrastructure, wire support systems, cabling, and conduit on Building Automation (also called Temperature Controls) and / or Security System Control Projects. You will also install panels, controllers, field devices & components of the systems, and provide all final termination of the cabling to ensure a complete installation and functional control system.
Either of these roles will also provide you the opportunity to work with the programmers and commissioning agents to test and troubleshoot the systems.
Duties and Responsibilities:
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
(For Security Technicians) Installation of security systems required, knowledge base consisting of:
12VDC and 24VDC power supplies
Door strikes, door magnetic locks, mortise locks, panic bars, delayed egress, etc.
Door contacts, SPDT, DPDT, Balanced contacts, bonding sensors (on mag locks), battery backups, load calculations, etc
Handicap buttons, proper interlocking with timing relays to delay power door opening to prevent strike from sticking to latch.
Access Systems, IP camera, IP Intercoms, Intrusion System,s hardware installation experience.
Familiarity with Matrix Switches, Multiplexers and DVR’s.
Understanding of and interaction with LAN and WAN systems as a part of an overall security installation.
(For Temperature Controls Technicians) Installation of HVAC automation systems required, knowledge base consisting of:
24VA power supplies, and VA power consumption requirements / limitations
Analog and binary outputs and inputs
Binary controller addressing
AHU’s, package equipment, split systems
Chillers, boilers, cooling towers, pumps
FCU’s, terminal units, VAV boxes
Valves & dampers (and actuators)
VFD’s, air flow measuring sensors, temp sensors, static, air quality sensors
Safety shutdown components (LTD and FA),
Candidate should have electrical experience (120VAC, 12VDC and 24VDC)… preferably with low voltage control systems (Temperature controls and / or Security systems), including experience with ladder logic, relay logic, controllers, and field controllable devices. Any experience with Siemens, Johnson Controls, Alerton, Honeywell, Automated Logic, Lenel, or Genetec products, systems & networks is a plus.
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. We expect people to take pride in their work and accept responsibility with a friendly & professional attitude.
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 training’s or 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.
Those interested in applying, send Resume… Call… or Email:
As ECT Services continues to grow as a trusted building
integration services partner nationally, we’re pleased to announce the
appointment of John Arnold as our vice president of Security Operations.
The newly created role will continue to expand the reach of
ECT Services capabilities across the country.
“One of the things the position represents is the growth in
that division that ECT has experienced over the past few years,” says Jeff
Murphy, president of ECT Services.
Arnold joined ECT Services in 2011 as an account manager
focusing on commercial and industrial security integration design and sales.
His areas of expertise include access control, IP video and intrusion detection
He quickly progressed to project management, where he led security
project planning, procurement, staffing and execution for dozens of projects
annual that ranged in size from a few thousand dollars to more than a million
“He has demonstrated a consistent ability to build, develop
and lead the Security Operations Team with excellence and grow the business
through building valuable relationships with our customers and vendors,” adds
Arnold’s skill is rooted in his deep experience in a variety of contexts across the security industry. Over the past 20 years, Arnold has built his expertise through roles leading security efforts for retailers as well as managing service operations and installations for vendors. As a result, more than 91 percent of the hundreds of projects he has led have been delivered on time and under budget.
Arnold’s path to leadership with ECT Services also enables
him to understand the business and customer needs end to end – from sales
through installation and service – and also opens up a path for others to advance
and deepen their skills.
The “build from within” culture that ECT Services has
fostered for more than 30 years means customers know they can rely on
consistent team of experts to partner with them.
To learn more about how you can partner with ECT Services,
call (800) 567-1180 for a consultation.
This time of year can be really overwhelming. The hustle and bustle isn’t just limited to our personal lives. The end of year can be crazy busy in our work lives, too. There are budgets to finalize, invoices to issue, bills to pay, issues to troubleshoot, all as people are preparing to take time off for the holidays.
I don’t have any scientific studies to back me up, but I’m
guessing not a lot of innovation happens in the final weeks of Q4 every year.
That’s got me thinking about next year, and how I can plan now to lead my team
to be even more innovative in 2020. Here are my thoughts:
Make time for thinking. It’s easy to fall into the
mistaken notion that lots of activity means lots of productivity. Take a look
at your calendar and to do lists – most of the time is probably blocked off for
meetings, most of the items to be checked are probably tactical in nature.
Where and how we invest our time is a reflection of what we value. When I look
at my calendar, I’m not convinced I see the value of thinking reflected. It
takes time to truly think and explore ideas and solutions.
Make time for building relationships. It’s also easy
to slip into transactional relationships with our business networks. But
there’s value in making time to share coffee, lunch or drinks with partners and
discuss higher-level topics. Getting to know the bigger vision and driving
passions of those we serve is key to finding opportunities to support and
further that vision. Those dreams won’t always fit in bullet points or a slide
deck, or even one conversation.
Make time for wellness. It might be a workout, a
walk, or meditation, but wellness breaks are a great way of getting out of a
rut and hitting “refresh” on a mental block. I find myself thinking about
challenges in a whole new way if I step away and meaningfully disconnect for a
Who keeps your integrated building solutions running smoothly? That would be Jeff Stivers, one of our newest service technicians.
John joined our team earlier this year and has enjoyed his first six months as part of the team serving our clients across the region. His favorite part about the ECT Services team is feeling like he is part of one big family.
His first job felt much the same way, because he literally
was a member of the family! His first job was on the family farm. Maybe that’s
why he prefers cattle to cats or dogs. When he’s not working, you’ll find him
hovering around his smokehouse, firing up the smoker with a beef brisket
We’re glad to have Jeff as a part of the team, and a part of
our family, too.
Every organization needs a nerve center that knows what’s going on and who is doing what. For ECT Services, that’s Jennifer Janney. Jennifer is responsible for coordinating services and billing. She joined the team recently, but in just one month has quickly become part of our family.
Jennifer might be new
to the ECT Services team, but she’s not new to service. She has more than 40
years of experience in serving customers.
Jennifer brings with her an understanding of how powerful a
“personal touch” is in creating a lasting impression. Her favorite birthday
gift isn’t jewelry or some other expensive bauble. It’s a framed photograph of
herself, her daughter and her dearest friend sharing a moment at a significant
historic event. The photo carries a special personal inscription on the back.
While the photo may not be significant or meaningful to someone else, the
personal connection makes it significant and meaningful to Jennifer.
She understands the importance of nurturing meaningful
connections and appreciating what’s valuable from the customer’s point of view.
We’re delighted to have her on our team, and as part of our family.
Flu activity is now widespread across much of the country, and hitting hard in the Ohio Valley. The strain going around this year seems to be particularly vicious and not included in the flu shot.
If it hasn’t already made its way through your staff, it probably will soon. Team members will be out sick or caring for sick family members. While having a team member out can be a challenge in terms of workload and project deadlines for the rest of the team, can it also pose a security risk?
Without proper planning and redundancies, yes. Being short staffed can lead to weaknesses in processes as overburdened staff members scramble to fill in gaps, especially if they are unfamiliar with systems or don’t have access to systems.
Here are some ideas for reducing the risk:
– Prevent the spread of the flu. The strongest weapon to combat the flu is simple hygiene. Make sure bathrooms are well stocked with handwashing supplies and cleaned and disinfected regularly. Post reminders in bathrooms and breakrooms about handwashing. Cleaning crews should also regularly wipe down light switch plates, door handles, counter tops, phones and any other surfaces that are touched frequently.
– Give clear guidance that those who are experiencing symptoms – fever, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea – should stay home. Support that by giving adequate sick days or allowing work to be made up later. Keeping sick workers out of the office is key to keeping the rest of the staff well.
– Cross train and document key roles. Make sure roles and basic duties are documented, and buddy up team members to cross train one another. Use regular staff meetings to give updates on key projects and issues so everyone has some familiarity with what other team members are doing, and can step in at a moment’s notice. Make it a practice to run emergency drills and review policies and procedures regularly, so staff members are always prepared.
– Where possible, allow work from home. If flu starts making its way through your staff, it might be best to allow team members to work from home to reduce their chances of being exposed. Consider flexible work policies when possible.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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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.
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.