Fire Suppression Technician

Boulder, Colorado
Jul 03, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Requisition Number:


Boulder, Colorado Employment Type:

Classified StaffSchedule:

Full-TimePosting Close Date:

15-Jul-2019 Close All Job SummaryFacilities Management has an opening for a Fire Suppression Technician. This position is responsible for inspection, testing, maintenance and installation of new and existing fire suppression systems as outlined in University of Colorado Boulder Standards and adopted codes. The Fire Suppression Technician will operate within the work unit to develop a precise understanding of the functioning alarm systems.Who We AreThe Trades division of Facilities Management at CU Boulder is responsible for maintaining the operations of academic buildings across campus, from classrooms and faculty spaces to laboratory buildings that host advanced scientific research. Facilities Management houses several Trades work units that provide maintenance and repairs on all aspects of campus infrastructure, including carpentry, electrical trades, HVAC systems, Access Services, and pipe trades. We are a close-knit, team-oriented organization full of highly skilled and committed maintenance technicians and mechanics. We strive to deliver the highest-quality service to the University in all aspects, from maintaining research-critical laboratory environments to replacing lightbulbs and doorstops. We are the first responders to both routine and emergency maintenance for Colorado’s premier state university.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will BeFunctional Testing, Code Competency, Documentation
  • Perform functional testing, inspections, and certifications of existing fire suppression systems including but not limited to: water flow and tamper switches, pre-action systems and components, dry pipe systems and components, air compressors, back flow systems and components, and other related systems and components as necessary.
  • Responsible for documenting all deficiencies, changes, and problems. his position also maintains fire alarm and fire suppression system records for all systems on campus including, but not limited to: record drawings, testing results, valve inspections, building inceptions, back flow certification, maintenance and repair reports, and technical reference materials on a per building fire alarm/suppression system basis. Position is required to inform all relevant parties of functional systems failures or problems for securing future funding sources.
Repair and Maintenance, Code Compliance, Work Scheduling
  • Perform maintenance, installations and modifications on fire sprinkler systems to ensure the normal operation of the campus fire sprinkler systems. Maintenance and installation includes but is not limited to: troubleshooting and repairing tamper switches, water flow switches, piping, air compressors, back flow valve components, sprinkler heads, test valves and all other inherit components of fire suppression systems. Position will inform all relevant parties of the work schedule, and the status of the buildings system.
Knowledge of Trade, Systems, Campus Standards & Protocols
  • Responsible for inspecting contractor installations of fire suppression systems, as well as coordinating system deactivation to allow for contractor work on existing systems and assisting in interconnection between existing and new suppression systems. This also includes the fire alarm control panel deactivation and notification of proper parties for short-term outages, following a pre-agreed upon protocol.
  • Position will enforce contractual, University of Colorado Boulder (UCB) Standard requirements and work procedures and codes, will participate in, and contribute to, UCB’s acceptance decision for the final fire alarm and suppression system test on all new contractor installed systems.
Project Support, Inter-Departmental Collaboration Work in conjunction with UCB Project Planners, Engineers, Consultants, and building occupants on projects, and participate in contract document and shop drawing reviews. Assist in developing and editing UCB Standards as well as fire alarm and suppression procedures and policies. Communication and Personal Growth/Other Duties as AssignedMaintain and improve knowledge of technical competency on fire suppression systems in order to best serve the needs of the work unit and the University. Position should use this information as a key resource for instructing/informing UCB campus entities, including but not limited to: faculty, staff and emergency response personnel on facilities component improvements and theory and operation of all fire suppression system devices. Responsible for completing material issuance requests, and purchase requests to procure any material needed to support the position's work load. Position is limited to a $1,000 per event purchase at the Facilities Management Construction Stores without the approval of their supervisor. Position is provided 15 minutes at the beginning and/or end of each day to complete their time card, close out work orders, and to schedule their work for the following day. Time cards are required to be completed daily, when closing work orders. Position is required to include closing comments, and ensure any repair work orders are created. As an essential services employee, the position is responsible to respond to other duties as assigned on an "as needed" basis.Incumbent will be required to drive a State vehicle, and maintain a valid State of Colorado driver’s license. Within all duties listed in this position description, this position is expected to work collaboratively with other Trades work units and train them on pertinent systems as necessary.What We Can OfferAnticipated Starting Salary is $61,545.41. This position is eligible for a 5% new hire salary increase within the first 12 months of start date based on performance. Benefits

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be StatementsBe Ambitious. Be Successful. Be Boulder.What We Require
  • Three years of experience in fire sprinkler installation, testing, and maintenance as they pertain to fire suppression systems.
    • Appropriate education or completion of a formalized apprenticeship will substitute for experience on a year-for-year basis.
  • Current City of Denver Installer/Inspector's License for fire/life safety systems.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Must be a current Colorado resident.
What You Will Need
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to learn quickly.
What We Would Like You To Have
  • Experience in an institutional setting.
  • Knowledge of NFPA 13, 14, 15, 20, 25.
  • Knowledge of wet, dry, and pre-action systems function and operation.
  • Basic knowledge of fire alarm systems wiring and systems operation as it relates to fire alarm system functions.
  • Current Backflow Protection Assembly Tester Certification (ASSE preferred). Applicant must attain certification within 12 months of hire, if they do not currently possess it.
  • Five years of experience in fire sprinkler installation, testing, and maintenance.
Special InstructionsTo apply, please submit the following materials:
1. A current resume. Must include date ranges and whether full time or part time work. 2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 3. DD-214 for veteran applicants. a. Qualified veterans are eligible for veteran’s preference points within the State classified system. If you are a veteran and would like to have your DD214 evaluated to determine your eligibility for preference points, please attach a copy of your DD214 to this posting. If you do not wish to upload a DD214, please email a copy to [email protected] or send via fax at 303-492-4693 and reference the job to which you are applying.4.If using the educational substitution for experience: proof of degree or transcripts.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.
Please apply by July 15, 2019 for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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