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As an active and very visible member of a small fire alarm shop, this position will be Caltech's front line for oversight of Caltech's Fire Alarm and Fire Suppression Systems. Under minimal supervision, this position will install, troubleshoot and test fire alarm systems. Additionally, will be responsible for overseeing and assisting with installations and maintenance procedures performed by others on fire alarm and fire suppression systems.
This is a Campus Critical position. An employee designated as campus critical is expected to be aware of the campus emergency management plan and to report to Campus as soon as possible in the event of an emergency to assist in campus wide response and recovery efforts.
Essential Job Duties
Responsible for following all safety procedures and maintaining a safe and secure work environment.
Perform planned and corrective maintenance on fire alarm systems, which includes items such as a campus wide monitoring system, building fire control panels, initiating devices such as smoke detectors, pull stations, and flow switches.
Support the testing of fire suppression systems including wet systems, pre-action, dry chemical and halon alternative.
Maintain accurate and concise records of all fire alarm systems and tests.
Respond to trouble calls and fire alarms, during regular shift and off-hours.
Schedule and conduct fire drills and alarm tests.
Install, program, and test new fire protection equipment.
Take part in the review and recommendations of designs and specifications for new installations.
In conjunction with Caltech's inspector and engineers, review installations by others for compliance to Caltech standards and code compliance.
Work closely with Caltech Design and Construction Department, project managers, trade shops, Campus Security, contractors and local fire department officials.
Communicate professionally with all members of the Caltech community in all situations.
Using Caltech's maintenance management software (AiM) schedule work, account for time, order supplies and record asset history.
Perform other duties as assigned.
5 or more years of experience at the journeyman level installing and maintaining fire alarm systems.
Knowledge of Mircom Fire Panel FX2000, EST3, and older FCI 7200 Programming is highly desirable.
Completion of an electrical or fire alarm construction and maintenance course (48 units with a two-year certificate of completion or equivalent).
Possess and maintain an NICET level 1 certification throughout the course of employment, with the expectation that NICET Level 2 certification would be obtained after.
Thorough knowledge of relevant codes.
Ability to read and interpret instructions, specification, schematics, and drawings.
Possess and maintain a California Electrician Certification.
Possess and maintain a valid California driver's license throughout the course of employment.
Expertise with all test instruments and tools of the trade.
Possess and maintain personnel basic hand tools (Caltech would provide specialty tools, power tools and meters).
Must be able to communicate, both written and verbally, in English.
Must be in good health with the physical strength and agility to lift up to 80 lbs. on a daily basis, bend in all directions, climb stairs and ladders, squeeze with arms and hands, operate machinery using hands, and work outdoors in all kinds of weather.
Expectation is to be available for emergency calls.
Familiarity with MS Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Ability to learn to use maintenance management software.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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