Biocontainment Facility Coordinator

Employer: 
Texas A&M University
Division: 
Divison of Research Global Health Research Complex

The Biocontainment Facilities Coordinator, under general direction, is responsible for providing complex biocontainment systems operations support to include but not limited to the following: mechanical, electrical, plumbing, thermal tissue digesters, effluent decontamination systems, and others, overseeing biocontainment systems operations, routine, preventative, and planned facility maintenance, assisting in the management and oversight of facilities and related services and programs; specializing in various aspects within the full spectrum - from preventative maintenance to construction - as well as services related to facility use (i.e.: mechanical, electrical, plumbing, laboratory systems, and after-hours emergency response); and supporting all aspects of a full-service facility management program. This position will report directly to the GHRC Biocontainment Facility Engineer. We need an individual who subscribes to and supports our commitment as stated above. If the description sounds interesting to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.

 

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Four years’ related experience in operations, maintenance and repair of laboratory building systems, including but not limited to HVAC, plumbing, electrical, refrigeration, and laboratory systems

 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet applications
  • Knowledge of audio/visual systems
  • Ability to operate two-way radios
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to calmly handle stressful situations
  • Ability to follow and give instructions orally and in writing in a highly technical environment
  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others

 

Required Licenses and Certifications:

  • Must successfully obtain and maintain Biological Select Agent and Toxin clearance

 

Other Requirements or Other Factors:

  • Must be able to undergo and maintain a favorable CDC/APHIS clearance as required for work in select agent registered spaces
  • Works indoors as well as outdoor environments that can contain excessive heat, cold, humidity, dampness, dust, fumes, moving machinery, large animals, oils, chemicals, slippery or uneven surfaces, and others
  • Works from ground level, ladders, and platforms on equipment and systems where components can be hard to reach
  • Ability to lift or move heavy parts/equipment
  • Standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, climbing, moving, and stretching for prolonged periods is sometimes required
  • May be required to receive extra vaccinations, submit to blood tests, a tuberculosis skin test, respiratory/pulmonary function test, and others as required
  • Required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment, powered air purifying respirators (PAPR), Tyvek suites, lab clothing, foot protection, eye, hand, ear, and other associated PPE related to this position

 

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering to include but not limited to Mechanical or General Engineering or equivalent combination of education and experience. Trade school degree in HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical or other
  • Six years’ experience in operations, maintenance, and repair of laboratory building systems, including but not limited to: HVAC, plumbing, electrical, refrigeration, and laboratory systems
  • Experience with Building Automation Systems (BAS) and associated graphical interfaces, preferably Siemens BAS systems
  • Experience conducting field tests, verification and certification of critical biocontainment systems for laboratory facilities to include but not limited to HEPA filtered systems including HVAC exhaust and supply filters, plumbing vent filters, and other systems equipped with HEPA filters

 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of HEPA Filtration systems. Knowledge of DDC, pneumatic, PLC, HVAC controls, calibration and testing and balancing (TAB). Building automation systems operations and programming
  • Analytical skills for determining system malfunctions. Ability to cultivate and maintain professional working relationships with people of diverse backgrounds

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates and oversees processes for tests, verification, and certification of critical biocontainment systems. Assists in the annual recertification of biocontainment systems and laboratory spaces. Implements procedures and requirements to maintain complex equipment and systems associated with ABSL-2, BSL-3, BSL-3-Ag, Insectaries, and support spaces
  • Coordinates and oversees SSC, UES, and vendors on field tests, certification and validations of Biological Safety Cabinets (BSC) and laboratory containment HEPA filtered systems including HVAC exhaust and supply filters, and plumbing vent filters. Assists these agencies/organizations with the decontamination of contaminated systems, equipment, and spaces
  • Coordinates and oversees building repairs, renovation, modification, and maintenance with SSC, UES, and Vendors. Develops procedures for the safe operation, maintenance, modification, and repair of biocontainment facilities systems and laboratories
  • Coordinates and manages inventories and supplies as needed for performing routine and assigned functions, maintaining ready and calibrated equipment for SSC, UES, and vendors
  • Serves as backup for the Biocontainment Facility Engineer
  • Maintains records relative to the operation, maintenance, renovation, and repair of GHRC biocontainment systems, equipment, laboratories, and support space
  • Provides routine status reports of the GHRC biocontainment systems to the Biocontainment Facility Engineer to ensure systems are safe and compliant
  • Evaluates and inspects equipment, systems, and spaces and records and submits information into appropriate databases
  • Participates in the building on call emergency response program. Serves as a potential first responder and as such is responsible for exercising professional judgement to independently determine response phases and mobilization of internal and external resources (Biosafety, Environmental Health and Safety, Emergency Management Services, University Police Department, and others).
  • Compares and evaluates possible courses of action and makes a decision after various possibilities have been considered and has the authority to make an independent choice and decision, free from immediate direction or supervision
  • Performs other duties as assigned
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