Temporary Fire and Life Safety Tech (9445C), Facilities Services - 34449

Temporary Fire and Life Safety Tech (9445C), Facilities Services - 34449 About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

Facilities Services' mission is to continuously improve facility services for the campus community in partnership with clients and staff. The department is comprised of several separate units which include: the Director's Office, Support Services, Operations, Grounds, Custodial and Environmental Services, and Sustainability and Engineering Services.


    Responsible for the maintenance and repair of new and/or modified low voltage wiring and devices. This includes but is not limited to: troubleshooting, predictive and preventive maintenance, inspections, testing operations, service repairs or replacement of defective devices discovered during testing when it is a matter of replacing like for like, specifically in relation to the campus' fire alarm systems, life safety monitoring systems, communication and control systems and other life safety equipment e.g. fire extinguishers and emergency eyewashes/showers. Perform preventive maintenance, inspections, testing sustaining services, troubleshooting and repairs and/or replacement of complex control and life safety system components. Isolate and identify system hardware problems and troubleshoot and repair hardware failures. Identify modem and phone line problems; calibrate field point devices, replace failed devices; fabricate cables and connect. Install, connect, test, operate, modify, repair and replace controls, fuses, signaling devices, switches, timers and wiring devices. Operate, calibrate, adjust, clean, service and repair low voltage components. Perform fire alarm shutdowns that can be done by keyboard changes at the panel.

    Input and test the campus wide fire alarm system communication network at each location with relation to the UC Police Department (CAD) Computer Assisted Dispatch operational system. Communicate any malfunction to the campus fire alarm electrician and UCPD for immediate attention.

    Inspect & service fire extinguishers, emergency eyewash sinks, and showers in accordance with life safety mandates. In addition, the incumbent will document safety inspections.

    Adherence to the scheduling of work through the work management program is required. Consult shop superintendent and/or lead for technical information. Interpret prints, schematics, wiring diagrams, flow charts and written descriptions of functions and project requirements. Support maintenance projects and programmatic work assignments. Keep accurate work records and complete paperwork in a neat and timely manner. Define and describe materials, tools and/or equipment, work methods and task sequences. Serve as liaison with clients, relaying their needs and requirements to the appropriate department or superintendent. Obtain materials and equipment as required.

    Adhere to all University and Departmental safety guidelines. Attend job-related and safety training as required. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
    Must be able to interpret complicated circuitry designs and have a good understanding of electronic devices and Fire Alarm Systems, monitoring systems and other life safety systems. Knowledge and ability to utilize correct tools, techniques and methods for handling specific electrical projects by applying thorough knowledge of codes and the skills of a crafts-person. Ability to interpret prints, schematics, wiring diagrams, flow charts and written descriptions of functions and project requirements. Ability to operate electrical machines, equipment, and other hand and/or power tools needed to perform skill-related job tasks. Ability to work in confined spaces and to gain access to areas that normally require stairs, ladders and scaffolding using specific methods to perform job tasks. Ability to safely move supplies and objects up to 75 pounds with or without a reasonable accommodation. Must possess excellent communication skills and ability to interact in a positive manner with the campus community, including students, building managers, academic personnel, and craft personnel, in a multicultural environment. Ability to track jobs to completion and prioritize requirements; able to work and support shutdowns and project schedules to minimize interference with others. Ability to read information from equipment manufactures manuals, service requests, layout sketches, blueprints, appropriate state and local government codes, trade-specific manuals and practices, and to determine how the fixture or equipment should perform. Ability to distinguish colors and use color codes effectively. Ability to communicate clearly over the telephone and two-way radio. Ability to execute job assignments in a timely manner.

    Education and training in Fire/Life Safety systems that can be through documented experience and/or professional development through an accredited technical college, apprenticeship program, or university.

Attain within 6 months of hire:
    NICET (National Institute for Certificate in Engendering Technologies) Level 1 and 2. California State Fire Extinguisher Certification. California State Fire Alarm Certification.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) non-exempt limited position, which is paid bi-weekly and eligible for UC Benefits. Hourly pay for this role is $35.87 (Step 1.0).

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:


How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Other Information

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Skilled Crafts Unit (KB) between the University of California and the Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Council (ACBCTC). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/kb/index.html

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Physical Exam

Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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