Site Protection Life Safety Technician

Job description

Requisition # 2018-9676
Department Site Protection-Tech Staff
Category Building Trades and Technicians
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline


Under the direction of the Supervisor of Inspection & Testing, and working collaboratively with other University departments, this position is responsible for the comprehensive inspection, testing, and related repairs to the Universities Life Safety System, including but not limited to fire, sprinkler, standpipe systems, fire pumps, and emergency broadcast towers, kitchen hood systems, special hazard systems, and fire extinguishers. The technician will assume responsibility for all the documentation related to these inspections.


The incumbent will ensure all campus Fire and Life Safety code-related inspections, testing, maintenance, and repairs are fully completed and documented in accordance with current fire code requirements. Ensures that testing activities are performed safely and comply with University and OSHA safety standards and practices.

Testing, Inspections, Maintenance and Repairs (Time on task is approximately 85%)

  • Perform testing, inspections, maintenance and repairs of life safety systems. Ensure a high level of quality, efficient, code compliant work. Life safety systems include but are not limited to fire, sprinkler, standpipe systems, fire pumps, kitchen hood systems, special hazard systems, fire extinguishers and emergency broadcast towers. Testing, and inspections of systems will be performed in accordance with (NFPA) guidelines as adopted into code by the state and local municipalities.
  • Work with our computerized maintenance system (Maximo) and field inspection programs to receive and generate work orders

Support and Administrative (Time on task is approximately 15%)
  • Assist Site Protection's Testing & Inspection Supervisor, Scheduler Planner and, Life Safety System Testing & Inspection Program Coordinator with data collection on new and renovation projects.
  • As necessary, carry out shop work assignments and assist tradesmen with critical and urgent shop tasks. Attend department approved safety and technical training. Assist in other duties as assigned by management.


  • Education/Experience - Possess a high school diploma (or GED) and technical education related to the inspection, troubleshooting, and repairs of Life Safety Systems. Must possess 3 or more years of full-time work experience in the testing, inspection, maintenance and repairs of Life Safety Systems.
  • Specific Knowledge - Possess excellent and broad-based working knowledge of fire codes such as NFPA 80, 70,72,13,20 and 25, along with the International Fire Code NJ Addition.
  • Knowledge of Job Function - thorough knowledge of methods associated with inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, and operation of all systems noted above; thorough knowledge of safety regulations and safe work practices.
  • Communication Skills - ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to a diverse audience, and possess a knowledge of appropriate escalation protocols and political acumen; understanding of modern customer service theories, practices and methods, and how to apply them.
  • Computer Skills Must be familiar with the use of a computerized maintenance-management software program.
  • After-Hour Emergency Response - Must be able to respond to after normal business hour emergencies and incidents as needed, and on short notice.
  • Essential Personnel - must be able to function in an essential personnel role, which may include an extended on-campus presence, as defined in the University's (Core Essential Policy).
  • Valid driver's license required.

  • Possess NICET Fire Alarm or Sprinkler Testing & Inspections Level 1 or higher certification.
  • Hold a current New Jersey certification as licensed Fire Alarm System or Fire Suppression Mechanic.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • stand or walk for 2 - 4 hours at one time for 8 hours per day;
  • sit for less than 2 hours during an 8 hour day;
  • operates motor vehicles or heavy equipment (e.g., forklift, high reach, cherry picker) occasionally (less than 33% of the workday)
  • lift or carry up to 35 pounds frequently (34 - 66% of the workday) and 75 pounds occasionally (less than 33% of the workday);
  • lift up to 75 pounds to waist height and up to 35 pounds in a range of motions from floor to overhead:
  • frequently use hands for simple grasping, fine manipulation, pushing or pulling (34 - 66% of the workday);
  • occasionally squat, kneel, bend, lie down, crawl, knee stand, push or pull with forces up to 75 pounds (less than 33% of the work day);
  • frequently climb stairs or ladders, reach overhead, push or pull with forces up to 35 pounds; (34 - 66% of the work day);
  • work outdoors in a variety of temperatures and environmental conditions;
  • possess ability to work at heights, full range of body motions and physical agility, and ability to maintain balance.
  • Will be required to work on and around live electrical equipment, AC and DC. Will also be required to work around rotating machinery and other mechanical systems.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

MTR, 030

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required


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Princeton University is a residential community and an employer that operates continuously 24 hours a day. Essential services employees perform jobs that are necessary and required to maintain basic University operations during scheduled closures or unscheduled suspension of normal operations due to emergencies, events, or other situations. Essential services employees may be asked and/or required to perform jobs or duties that fall outside of their normal job classification during an emergency event. Learn more about our Essential Services policy.

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Posted: 12/6/2018
Application Due: 12/30/2018
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