Applications Technologist

Building Automation / Automatisation du b√Ętiment Edmonton, Alberta


Position at ESC Automation

If you thrive in a team-oriented workplace that challenges your skills, to drive your career development, embraces diversity and rewards innovation, with competitive pay and great employee programs, join the ESC Automation (part of Ainsworth Group) team today!

Position Summary:

The Applications Technologist is responsible for three different facets of new/retrofit construction projects. These areas are design, programming, and commissioning.


  • Design

The design phase consists of working within our office environment to produce shop drawings for the mechanical consultants and for the electrical installation crew. The various components that are required to produce a working set of shop drawings are as follows:

  • Scope of work
  • Sequence of operations
  • Valve and damper schedule
  • System panel architecture
  • Points lists
  • Local panel reports
  • Wiring details
  • Bill of materials

To produce such a document involves extensive interaction and coordination between the application technologist, project manager, mechanical contractor, and mechanical engineer. The length of time to produce such a document can vary from a couple of days to several weeks depending on the size and complexity of a project. On an average project, a technologist would spend about 40% of their time performing design.

  • Programming

The programming phase of a project consists of building software for the operation of the mechanical equipment that we have we have decided to control in the design phase. The programming section requires:

  • Creation of I/O
  • Creation of GCL
  • Creation of controllers
  • Creation of trend logs/alarms
  • Creation of system displays

 The sequence of operations that was created in the design portion is used as the guideline for the programming portion of the project. On an average project, a technologist would spend about 20% of their time programming.

  • Commissioning

The commissioning phase of the project requires the applicant to be on site working with our electrical installers to provide full system tests of the I/O points and programming to ensure the control system that has been built meets the design intent of the mechanical engineer. This first involves testing, calibrating and documenting the results of individual input sensors points and output control points on live mechanical systems to ensure individual points will function. The second part is testing the programming sequences on the live equipment to ensure it works as designed. If programming does not perform as expected, changes will be made at this point in time and re-testing ensues. The final part of commissioning is performing loop tuning. This is performed to make sure set points for rooms and mechanical equipment are within specifications and mechanical equipment is not over cycled.

  • Functional end to ends
  • Sequence/Programming testing
  • Loop tuning

The intent of this phase is to validate all mechanical systems work as per the shop drawing design and mechanical engineers specifications. This usually involves a large onsite coordination effort between the application technologist and a wide variety of trades and sub-vendors and our own electrical installers. On an average project, a technologist can expect to spend about 40% of their time commissioning a project.


  • Job Requirements
  • Must have a strong desire to be successful
  • Must be a team player with a commitment to quality in all aspects of life
  • Requires good time management and organizational skills.
  • The ability to work in both office and construction field environments (local and remote).
  • The ability to manage high pressure situations and meet a wide variety of established deadlines.
  • Should have the ability to interact, along with the ability to empathize with customers
  • A strong desire to continuously improve professionally.
  • To treat coworkers with respect
  • To pursue career development

Minimum Requirements

Graduate of Instrumentation Engineering Technology, BEST or applicable diploma program. Working knowledge of controls and control theory, basic electrical and electronics. Thorough knowledge of computers and basic knowledge of current related software (C, Windows XP, Windows 7, Microsoft Office). Well developed trouble- shooting skills and problem solving skills.

 While we appreciate all applications we receive, we advise that only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

ESC Automation Inc. (part of Ainsworth Group) is the largest Delta Controls partner in North America, with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, New York, Seattle, Portland, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Toronto. For more than 3 decades, ESC Automation Inc. has offered dependable and user-friendly building control solutions to commercial, healthcare, education, and leisure buildings vertical markets. As industry leaders, our track record includes delivering the world’s first fully integrated native BACnet building solution encompassing HVAC, Lighting and Access products.