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Thumbs Up Thinking about a career in BMS controls?
Posted by: Dave - 11-16-2016, 07:03 PM - Forum: Jobs - Replies (1)

I knew nothing about the job, when I started. So don’t think you need to be a expert to consider a career change.
There are variety job roles within the building controls industry, such as service, commissioning, software & graphic design, & project management.
The majority of employers in this sector offer attractive salaries as well as generous packages which usually would include a car or car allowance, travelling expenses, laptop, phone as well as healthcare and other benefits.
Even if you have no previous experience many firms are willing to take on new recruits in a trainee capacity if they have a strong background in related fields such as panel building and fault finding & electrical installation.
Some examples of what you could expect to be doing in the following job roles

BMS Service Engineer


  • Visiting multiple client sites throughout the week.

  • Reacting to break breakdowns & fault finding

  • Planed Preventative Maintenance - Checking over plant and controls to ensure it is operating efficiently within the designed specifications

  • Working on a call out rota

  • Carry out minor modifications to existing plant and controls to better suit the better suit the building

  • Leasing with the site maintenance engineer or building manager.

  • Identify opportunities for energy saving projects.
BMS Commissioning Engineer

  • Commission new installations

  • Alter existing installations
BMS Application Engineer

  • Design Software & Graphics,

  • Construct Description of Operation from specification requirements
BMS Bureau Engineer

  • Responding to customer technical queries

  • Providing technical support for engineers out on site

  • Remote monitoring client sites for alarms and faults, remote rectification where possible.
Trainee BMS engineer

  • Shadowing other engineers assisting them and learn the trade. On the job training is often supplemented with external courses from system manufactures.
Search on CV library or Indeed.co.uk to see what if available in your area.

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  Review - BacMove Bacnet Explorer
Posted by: Dave - 11-16-2016, 07:02 PM - Forum: Software & Graphics - Replies (1)

BacMove is a really usefully tool for working on Bacnet systems.
It will run on an android phone or tablet, I have put it on my tablet, and find it really useful for pre-commissioning systems.
I just plug in a wireless router to the local network, pop my nexus tablet in a rugged case and can take it with me round the plantroom or floor when checking all the field devices, saves carrying around a laptop all the time & reduces the amount of trips back and forth to the local MCC.

It sends a who is to find all devices on the network and then lists all the available bacnet points on the device you select.
It can read and write to IO points with ease, however it does lack some functionality such as being able to put points out of service and has no facility for setting time schedules so it is in no way a replacement of a good bacnet browser but does all the required tasks in order to pre commission field devices saving considerable time, well worth the £8.99 it costs in the Google Play store.

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Indepth information on each point

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Browsing available points

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Writing to a point

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  Useful Program - convert.exe
Posted by: Dave - 11-15-2016, 07:34 PM - Forum: Software & Graphics - No Replies

Ever wondered how many giggawatt-hours in a megajoule? This really useful free program. can tell you. It can convert any unit of a given quantity into any other unit. Very useful when working out volumes, flow rates and scaling electricity & energy meters. Download from CNET for free Here

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Smile Welcome to the Forum!
Posted by: Dave - 11-14-2016, 06:45 PM - Forum: Off Topic - Replies (1)

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