Site Protection Mechanic

Job description

Site Protection Mechanic


Job ID: 2020-12065
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Building Trades and Technicians

Princeton University


On a 24 /7 day work schedule consisting of various day, evening and weekend shifts, this position performs inspection and testing of campus life safety systems, including but not limited to Fire Alarm, Sprinkler Systems, Fire Extinguishers, Fire Pumps, Kitchen Hood Suppression Systems, etc.

Provides around-the-clock campus-wide, initial responder service for emergency, urgent, and routine events related to life safety, access control, security, environmental and other facilities systems.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: With a minimum of oversight, the position will perform the following duties: (Other duties may be assigned.)

  • Perform inspection testing, repair and maintenance of campus life safety and security systems, including, fire alarms, fire suppression, access control systems and others.
  • Perform other duties as assigned, which may include, but are not limited to, support of other trade shops and overtime assignments.
  • Troubleshoot, provide emergency repairs of these systems, and coordinate with their supervisor the additional response of skilled trades needed to minimize the event to prevent further damage to the facility, thereby maintaining or restoring occupant safety and security.
  • A University cell phone and two-way radio are to be utilized at all times during working hours for communication purposes.
  • Work independently from our computerized maintenance-management system (Maximo CMMS) to generate, manage and complete work orders.
Time on Task:

  • 50% life safety inspections,
  • 30% off hour calls for building trades support
  • 20% emergency response to a life safety issue (i.e. fire alarm, assist DPS, critical life safety or building system malfunction)


QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, the candidate must have High school diploma or equivalent and should have 3 or more years of experience in the construction or industrial maintenance trades or equivalent training in one or more of the following fields:

  • Life Safety System
  • Security Systems Locksmith Sprinkler Fitter
  • Mechanical Trades
Additionally, the requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Must have a working knowledge of electrical circuits and electrical safe practices.
  • Must have the ability to interpret drawings and service manuals for equipment serviced.
  • Must have good knowledge of safe work practices and experience in the repair, modification and installation of electronic systems, and the ability to repair and maintain systems with minimal guidance.
  • Must have the ability and aptitude to develop a broad range of multi-trades skills in the areas of carpentry, plumbing, HVAC, electric, and mechanical trades, etc., and the ability to investigate and resolve a full spectrum of building maintenance problems and emergency/urgent repair needs.
  • Must have the capability to be trained and become proficient in all technical areas of the position description.
  • Must be capable of performing all required coordination and communication efforts and to perform the required record keeping.
  • Must possess computer literacy and have the ability to become proficient in the Maximo CMMS Software System.
  • Must have good communication skills to interact with customers, supervisors and colleagues, as well as the ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Must have a record of high dependability and have the capacity to work alone during evening hours.
  • Must be able to work independently on a fixed or rotating shift schedule.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license for University vehicles.
  • Must be able to meet physical requirements listed below.
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 13-14 hours per day;
  • sit for less than 2 hours during a 13/14-hour day;
  • operate 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; and possess the ability to work at heights, physical agility and full range of motion, and the ability to maintain balance.
*All facilities employees are considered essential and are expected to be available to work as directed by the department during emergencies and certain campus events.

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.





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Job No:
Posted: 10/17/2020
Application Due: 11/11/2020
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