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Critical Systems Shop

A critical system is a system that must be highly reliable and retain this reliability without adversely affecting life safety, research, or regular operations.

Mission Statement:

The Critical Systems Shop is responsible for ensuring reliable operations of critical systems by solving complex maintenance issues, optimizing controls, and maintaining building-level systems in order to support Florida State University’s goal of achieving excellence.


  • Reliable & efficient building systems
  • Stable, safe, & productive lab environments
  • Uninterrupted and comfortable building environments

Primary Functions:

  • Responsible for regular operations of critical systems (safety critical & business critical)
    • Safety equipment preventing critical system failure
    • Large rotary equipment & vibration analysis
    • Special exhausts, i.e. exposure control devices, fume hoods, etc
    • Lab environments
    • All building-level controls, i.e. repair and replacement of all types of controllers
  • Optimize controls
    • Define critical control points in the BAS that may indicate cascading problems
    • Maintain and update PPCL as required
    • Implement preventative measures to eliminate failures
    • Use root cause analysis to eliminate major points of failure
  • Preventative maintenance (PM) & predictive maintenance of system components deemed critical by the FSU Maintenance program, especially those in the lab environment
    • Lab controls
    • Fume hoods
    • Exhaust associated with lab equipment
  • Maintain critical settings in laboratory environments, i.e. ACH settings, lab pressurization
  • Technical support for Zone maintenance
    • Assist Zone Control Techs with complex issues
    • Maintain the BAS i.e. PPCL GRAPHICS and System Profile as needed
    • Provide training as needed for Zone techs, i.e. new equipment and BAS changes
    • Maintain and program Variable Frequency Drives designated as critical
  • Systems level maintenance
    • Testing and balancing
    • Limited commissioning
    • Building level controls optimization and repair