Building Automation Engineer

Req ID #:  191773

Reno, NV, US, 89511

For 75 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary


We are seeking a Building Automation Engineer for our Safety Assessment site located in Reno, Nevada


This role is responsible for the start-up and commissioning of new PLC-based systems, maintenance of the Siemens Building Automation System (BAS) and stand-alone Process Logic Controllers (PLC's). This position will oversee controls projects, troubleshoot systems, and be the lead point of contact for controls systems used throughout the facility.



  • Responsible for the site's Siemens Building Automation System (BAS), including changes, upgrades, programming, installations, and overall proper operation
  • Generate and review reports from the Siemens Building Automation (BAS) to maintain proper system health and ensure data capture to maintain GLP compliance
  • Analyze plant automation/control systems; design and implement improvements control sequences for the Building Automation System that improves plant efficency
  • Work with Engineering and Facilities personnel to design and implement 
  • Oversee the programing of various PLC platforms for systems that include mechanical equipment, waste management, cold storage, etc. that are not controlled by the Building Automation System.
  • Ensure that project timelines and budgets are maintained.
  • Ensure clear communication among all groups involved in successful delivery of projects.
  • Partner cross-functionally and work with various departments regarding the implementation and maintenance of automated equipment, systems and controllers.
  • Work cross-functionally with Charles River Information Technology teams to support the operations and maintenance of the Building Automations System and other network systems as required.

Job Qualifications



•    Education:  Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Computer Science preferred.
•    Experience:  3 + years designing and implementing installations or improvements to HVAC building automated systems
•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
•    Certification/Licensure:  Siemens Building Automation System certifications regarding programming and operation highly preferred.
•    Other:  Ability to work in areas accessible only by ladder.  Basic knowledge of GLP regulations preferred.
•    Experience in programming one or more of the following automation platforms:  Siemens (preferred), JCI, Tridium, Honeywell, Allerton, Automated Logic Controls.

Vaccine Mandate
Charles River is a U.S. Federal Contractor.  As a result, we must follow the Presidential Executive Order to mandate vaccinations, and ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We require proof of vaccination from all employees. 

Anyone with requests for disability-related and/or religious exemptions should contact Talent Acquisition ( so that information can be provided about the accommodation process at Charles River.


About Safety Assessment
Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market.  Each year approximately 120 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities. 

About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.

With over 20,000 employees within 110 facilities in over 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. 

At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


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