Security/Fire Alarm System Specialist

Williamsport, PA
Jul 28, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Details

Position TitleSecurity/Fire Alarm System SpecialistJob Code/Position Control NumberL3/214/4:001Position StatusFull-time ContinuingReports to (Supervisor) TitleAssistant Facilities Maintenance ManagerCo-Supervisor's TitleDaily DirectionPosition Summary

This person will provide expert technical support for College owned Fire Alarm Systems, Security, Area of Rescue, and Access Control Systems. The Security/Fire Alarm Specialist will work with outside vendors to complete routine inspections on fire alarm, sprinkler piping, fire pump, and other related systems including testing, cleaning, make any necessary repairs, and documenting tests to comply with NFPA 72. He/she will make periodic reports and recommendations to establish standards and improve processes relative to the security and fire systems to the supervisor. Additionally, this person will provide direction to other General Service employees in the security/fire alarm systems area in the absence of the HVAC Supervisor and as directed by the Director of Facilities Operations.

Position Work Calendar12- MonthPosition Work Hours/Week

37.5 hours a week

Abilities and Skills

*Possession of a valid driver’s license. (Minimum)
*Functional ability with computers. (Minimum)
*Working knowledge of electrical theory, practices, and techniques and of applicable standards and electrical code regulations. (Minimum)
*Ability to read and interpret blueprints, building, electrical, sprinkler plans, schematics and operational product manuals. (Minimum)
*Understand general concepts in other Life Safety Systems, i.e., Fire Alarm, Nurse Call, and Mass Notification and how these interface with Security Systems. (Minimum)
*Capability of working with varied programmable devices and systems. (Minimum)
*Demonstrate cooperation, teamwork, and a commitment to professional and organizational development. (Desired)


*Documented completion of related technical courses in the trade at a school, institute or branch of the Armed Services. (Minimum)
*Graduation from a recognized school or completion of a formal training program recognized by the industry or trade. (Desired)


*Five (5) years of successful experience in the security, and fire alarm field. (Minimum)
*Extensive experience in electronic maintenance and low voltage electrical repair. (Desired)

Responsibilities and Duties

-Install, program, test, troubleshoot and maintain electronic and IP/software-based systems including but not limited to access control, security and fire systems in compliance with NFPA 72. (Essential)
-Perform inspections and functionally testing for all peripheral devices in accordance with NFPA 72. (Essential)
-Manage daily work orders, and service calls for the facility’s multiple buildings. (Essential)
-Maintain all manuals, documentations, tools, testing equipment, laptop and vehicle in accordance to company procedures and policies and in a professional manner. (Essential)
-Conduct training courses for appropriate College employees. (Essential)
-Provide reports to supervisor. (Essential)
-Follow troubleshooting guidelines and refer to technical/parts manuals, change notices and bulletins, modification notices, etc., in order to diagnose & repair equipment or systems. (Marginal)
-Repair and maintain existing Simplex system and equipment; diagnose trouble in standard electrical systems or equipment. (Essential)
-Troubleshoot several different systems and understand how to split a circuit to effectively troubleshoot ground faults. (Essential)
-Plan, layout, install and repair wiring, electrical fixtures, apparatus, and control equipment. (Essential)
-Following and maintaining a highly structured inspection schedule, coordinate on-time inspections and/or installations with police, fire departments, or other appropriate agencies. (Essential)
-Test, calibrate and verify system and peripheral devices (testing to be performed according to all applicable standards and codes. (Essential)
-Verify Fire and Security systems functional performance to ensure proper operations according to College requirements and shop drawings/sequence of operations, etc. (Essential)
-Work with Information Technology Services in correcting software conflicts that arise on College-owned laptops/networks. (Essential)
-Attend training classes when offered. (Essential)
-Perform software uploads at workstations, as needed; backup databases as change to software occur. (Essential)
-Keep supervisor informed of College requirements, system status, and actual, potential or perceived problems. (Essential)
-Make recommendations to supervisor to establish standards and improve processes relative to the security and fire systems. (Essential)
-Participate in the preparation of job plans that cover job costs. (Marginal)


*Standard hand tools of the trade.
*College supplied Laptop and electronic test equipment.

Physical Standards

*Exposure to electrical shock.
*May require climbing or working off of ladders and scaffolding.
*Lifting of 65 lbs. maximum, without assistance, with frequent lifting and carrying of objects up to 50 lbs.

Positions Supervised


Interfacing Departments

*Campus Police
*Information Technology Services

Special Job Features

*Will be required to be on 24 hour emergency on-call to respond to emergency service calls.
*Will be required to work some overtime on short notice to include evenings and weekends at the discretion of the Supervisor and with Supervisor’s approval.
*Will be required to use a College vehicle and travel to other campuses and buildings in accordance to College procedures and policies and in a professional manner.
*Background check will be required on selected candidate.

Position Level3Employment GroupAPTFLSA StatusNonexemptAdditional Expectations

-Possess interpersonal skills necessary to deal effectively and courteously with students, faculty, staff and the public. (Essential)
-Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity and multicultural issues. (Essential)
-Be sensitive to the needs and expectations of students, faculty, staff and administrators. (Essential)
-Maintain a high degree of confidentiality with regards to any and all information as a direct or indirect result of job responsibilities/job functions. (Essential)
-Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and in a safe manner and maintain the standard of care that is appropriate for this position. (Essential)
-Perform other appropriate job-related duties as assigned by the supervisor. (Marginal)

College Statement

This is not a complete itemization of all facets of this position. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. The College has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without prior notice.

Office/SchoolGeneral ServicesPosting Details

Posting Number01124Number of Vacancies1Open Date07/27/2020Closed DateOpen Until FilledYesPay Rate / Salary

Commensurate with credentials submitted as applied to the College’s Administrative, Professional and Technical Staff Salary System.

Additional Information

Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires and the completion of an Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) by the candidate and the employer. Any offer of employment shall be contingent on the applicant’s timely production of required documentation to verify identity and employment authorization. If you cannot or will not be able to produce the required documentation, we cannot consider your application.

If you are currently receiving an annuity from the State or Public School Employees’ Retirement System, employment at Pennsylvania College of Technology may affect your annuity status. If you are currently a member of either the State or Public School Employees’ Retirement System you may be required to contribute into the System.

Desired Start DateAs soon as feasiblePosition End Date Special Instructions to Applicants

If you wish to apply for this position, you must submit all application material through the College’s on-line recruiting website at

For further information on this position, call 570-327-4770.

Position TypeAdministrative, Professional and Technical Staff EEO Statement

Penn College is committed to equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • The Sun Gazette, Williamsport
    • Press Enterprises, Bloomsburg
    • Centre Daily Times, State College
    • The Daily Item, Sunbury
    • The Express, Lock Haven
    • The Patriot, Harrisburg
    • The Student Portal
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • LinkedIn
    • recruiting website
    • Internal Posting Announcement
    • Reference from a PCT Employee
    • Facebook
    • Notification as an Alumni
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Other
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  2. Cover Letter
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