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Fire Alarm Network and Programming Technician

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The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Location
FM - Fire Systems Shop

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Job Details

Vacancy Open to:

UNC Charlotte Employees Only

Employment Type:

Permanent - Full-time

Hours per week:

40

Months per year:

12

Position Number:

010029

NC Salary Grade Equivalency:

GN10

Classification Title:

Specialty Trades Technician - Journey

Working Title:

Fire Alarm Network and Programming Technician

Salary Range:

$42,496 - $56,555

Anticipate Hiring Range:

$42,496 - $52,991

FLSA Status:

Non Exempt

Division:

Business Affairs

Department:

Facilities Management (Adm)

Work Unit:

FM Fire Systems

Work Schedule:

7:30 am – 4:00 pm; Monday – Friday with occasional evening and weekend hours required, as necessary.
This position is designated as ‘mandatory’ and, when contacted to report to work, its incumbent is expected to reach the building as expeditiously as possible using normal precautions as dictated by the adverse weather conditions.

Primary Purpose of Position:

This position will troubleshoot, maintain, and improve the performance of the University’s fire alarm communications network.

Minimum Education/Experience:

Required Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or equivalency and two years of experience related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience.

University Preferred Qualifications:

Graduation from a technical college with an Associate degree in electromechanical technology or instrumentation technology and a minimum of two years experience related to the area of assignment experience; or an equivalent combination of training and directly related experience.

Essential Job Duties:

This position will troubleshoot, maintain, and improve the performance of the University’s fire alarm communications network. This includes fiber optic signal transmission configuration, maintenance, and repair; fire alarm system network troubleshooting and repair; identifying fire alarm system computer graphics inaccuracies and rectifying these inaccuracies through editing in the Simplex True Site Workstation’s Graphics Editor. Other duties will include analysis and and modification of fire alarm system programming to ensure optimal safety and comprehensive functionality. This position will also produce fire alarm system programming changes that will expand end user capabilities and provide superior communications to Police Dispatch.

Other Work Responsibilities:

Communicate and collaborate with various UNC Charlotte departments and contracted employees with a high level of professional integrity to ensure the viability and sustainability of the fire alarm communications network. Document all aspects of the fire alarm network’s performance and physical infrastructure in agreement with the Fire Controls Supervisor’s expectations.Perform work at various heights using ladders. Perform “on call” duties as required outside of business hours as needed. Perform other duties as assigned and/or delegated to support all operations.

Departmental Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education:

  • Associates degree in electronics and two years of progressive experience in the maintenance and repair of complex electronic systems including some responsibility for the design of electronic apparatus; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of fire alarm network communications as they exist at UNC Charlotte.
  • Possess knowledge and skill using tools like: an OTDR instrument, Db loss meters, fiber scopes, lasers, etc., for troubleshooting and documenting fiber optic network media performance.
  • Knowledge and skill of industry standard fiber optic maintenance procedures.
  • Advanced fire alarm network computer literacy.
  • Possess the ability to maintain and optimize the fire alarm network’s GUI workstations.
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD.
  • Ability to perform work at various heights using ladders.
  • Ability to effectively communicate the English language (reading, writing, interpretation and comprehension) required.
  • Effective skills in verbal, written and interpersonal communications.
  • Ability to effectively work/interact with persons from different backgrounds and cultures.
  • Ability to foster and create an atmosphere of teamwork.
  • Selected candidate must have the mental and physical capabilities to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations.

Necessary Licenses or Certifications:

Be certified as a NICET Level 2 fire alarm technician or become a NICET Level 2 certified fire alarm technician within one year of employment.
Valid drivers license.

Work Location:

FM - Fire Systems Shop

Posting date:

09/24/2021

Closing date:

09/30/2021

Proposed Hire Date:

10/11/2021

Special Notes to Applicants:

This position is for UNC Charlotte Permanent employees only.

  • Please do not apply for this position if you are not a current UNC Charlotte Permanent employee. Your application will not be considered.

Please ensure your full range of knowledge, skills, abilities, experience and education are listed on your application.

  • Do not write ‘see resume’ on your application when completing the job duties section.

If you answer the questions at the end of the application, please ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences to support your answers (see job duties section of previous employment).

  • Failure to answer the questions at the end of the application will not preclude your application from being considered but may result in your application not receiving full consideration of your knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application.

  • These documents will be used to evaluate your written communication skills as well as supporting documents of your knowledge, skills, abilities, education and professional experience.



Organization

About Us

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. It leverages its location in the state's largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. 

Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System.  A large public university with a small college feel, UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus is the home away from home for more than 29,000 students.  The University offers internationally competitive research and creative activity opportunities and exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs coupled with a focused set of community engagement initiatives that enrich the region’s quality of life.

In fulfilling our mission, we envision a University that promises:

  • An accessible and affordable quality education that equips students with intellectual and professional skills, ethical principles, and an international perspective.
  • A strong foundation in liberal arts and opportunities for experiential education to enhance students’ personal and professional growth.
  • A robust intellectual environment that values social and cultural diversity, free expression, collegiality, integrity, and mutual respect.
  • A safe, diverse, team-oriented, ethically responsible, and respectful workplace environment that develops the professional capacities of our faculty and staff.

To achieve a leadership position in higher education, we will:

  • Rigorously assess our progress toward our institutional, academic, and administrative plans using benchmarks appropriate to the goals articulated by our programs and in our plans.
  • Serve as faithful stewards of the public and private resources entrusted to us and provide effective and efficient administrative services that exceed the expectations of our diverse constituencies.
  • Create meaningful collaborations among university, business, and community leaders to address issues and opportunities of the region.
  • Develop an infrastructure that makes learning accessible to those on campus and in our community and supports the scholarly activities of the faculty.
  • Pursue opportunities to enhance personal wellness through artistic, athletic, or recreational activities.
  • Operate an attractive, environmentally responsible and sustainable campus integrated with the retail and residential neighborhoods that surround us.

Dual Career

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and productive faculty, administrators, and other professional staff members. We recognize that career decisions are influenced by family considerations.  For up to one year from the date of an employee’s relocation to Charlotte, the University will assist the employee’s  spouse or domestic partner with efforts to find employment within the University and/or within the surrounding area.

Diversity at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion throughout the campus. Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender identities, sexualities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social groups and backgrounds.  All of these identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole.  UNC Charlotte strives to celebrate and leverage the benefits of this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

To learn more about plans, programs, resources and news and events relating to diversity and inclusion at UNC Charlotte please use the following link: https://diversity.uncc.edu/

To access the full text of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion please use the following link: https://diversity.uncc.edu/sites/diversity.uncc.edu/files/media/Campus%20Plan%20for%20Diversity%2C%20Access%2C%20and%20Inclusion%202016.pdf

Optional text if space allows….

Overview of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion.

The goal of quality education for all at UNC Charlotte is the foundation for our Diversity Plan.  At its fullest potential, higher education allows students to interact with people from different backgrounds and to engage a range of ideas and perspectives.  This educational experience cultivates the skills that graduates will need to function adeptly in a global society.  

As North Carolina and the Charlotte region undergo rapid population growth and demographic change, UNC Charlotte must respond to the needs of a more diverse student population. It is imperative that the University prepare its students to become leaders and thriving citizens in a pluralistic and multicultural society. In adopting our Diversity Plan, we affirm that:

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    • We believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student body are critical in advancing teaching, scholarship, and community engagement at UNC Charlotte.
    • We are committed to enhancing opportunities for living, working and learning in a diverse environment
    • We are committed to educating our students to interact effectively and respectfully in the global community. 

      The Plan identifies components of a diverse campus community and outlines steps toward building an inclusive environment that promotes the success of all students, faculty, and staff. It is a living document that affirms our institutional values and is designed to offer guidance to University departments and units for achieving the University goals for diversity.  The seven broad objectives of the Diversity Plan are:

      1: Promote a broad understanding of goals for diversity, access, and inclusion for the University through active outreach to the campus community.

      2: Recruit and graduate a diverse student body that reflects community diversity and addresses the state’s need to increase access to higher education for historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students.

      3: Increase the recruitment of underrepresented faculty and advance their progression through the faculty ranks.

                  4: Increase the representation of staff from underrepresented groups.

      5: Ensure the presence of institutional environments and course development that enhance learning and appreciation for the full range of diversity.

      6: Develop external relationships with the community to enhance diversity on and off campus.

                  7: Ensure the Success of the Plan through Assessment, Accountability, and Recognition.

       

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