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Fire Protection/Elevator Technician

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Fire Protection/Elevator Technician
Role Title: Electronics Technician II
Posting Number: SW0180222
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Position Summary:

Reporting to the Fire Protection/Elevator Manager in Facilities, the Fire Protection/Elevator Technician performs skilled work related to the installation, inspection, troubleshooting, maintenance, modification, and repair of fire alarm systems, wet/dry fire sprinkler systems, and chemical suppression systems, along with fire extinguishers and all related components and equipment.

The position also:
– Performs work in accordance with National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), State Fire Marshal’s Office, University Building Official, and any other code or regulatory requirements.
– Assists with coordination of contracted elevator service providers for maintenance, repair, and inspection of elevators.
– Oversees critical day-to-day operations in supervisor’s absence.
– Maintains clear and accurate documentation of all inspections, testing and maintenance performed.
– Updates equipment documentation, specifications and drawings, as needed.
– Reviews blueprints and specifications for new construction and retrofit/renovation projects.
– Responds to emergency situations during or after hours for the purposes of resolving immediate safety concerns.
– Performs all job duties in adherence with university and departmental safety guidelines.
– Maintains a positive attitude and communicates effectively with colleagues, supervisors, staff, faculty, and students.

This position is expected to make operational decisions that can directly affect the health and life safety of others. May be required to adjust work hours due to emergency situations.

Required Qualifications:

- Experience in fire prevention preventative maintenance, repair, testing, and inspection; and/or completion of a certified fire/life/safety or electrician apprenticeship program; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
- Working knowledge of maintenance, operation, repair, calibration, installation, diagnosis, and required inspection of industrial/commercial fire protection systems, fire suppression equipment, all types of water-based fire protection systems, and related equipment.
- In-depth knowledge of building systems and structures with respect to fire prevention requirements and associated codes.
- Demonstrated experience performing troubleshooting techniques and skilled in the use of electronic testing devices and hand-held power tools.
- Experience in, and the ability to read and understand documents such as complex technical procedures, work instructions, blueprints, plans, manuals, specifications, and diagrams.
- Experience using computers to manage work assignments, generate reports, and track inventory.
- Ability to communicate and work effectively with co-workers, supervisors, and the general public, and provide exceptional customer service.
- Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
- Ability to record information accurately as is necessary to perform the job responsibilities.
- Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Working knowledge of elevators.
- Experience troubleshooting, inspecting, repairing, and/or testing Simplex fire alarm systems.
- Experience troubleshooting, inspecting, testing, and/or repairing sprinkler systems.
- Related experience in a large, complex institutional setting.

Employment Conditions: Must have an acceptable and safe driving record, Must have a driver's license check, Alternate work schedule - If other than M-F, 8-5 please describe below, Other (Describe Below)
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

- Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
- May be required to work additional hours/shifts to meet the needs of the department.
- Ability to work in confined and dusty spaces and wear a respirator or other required safety gear.
- Ability to work around and be exposed to unpleasant sights and smells, dangerous and/or hazardous substances.
- Ability to drive a van or pick-up truck and ability to safely work around moving vehicles, machinery, and equipment.
- Must be able to wear a respirator.
- Must be able to safely operate equipment needed to perform job functions.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

To apply, applicants must complete the online application at, posting #SW0180222, and submit a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references as an attachment to the application. Review of applications will begin on April 20, 2018.

Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Regular
If restricted or temporary, enter end date:
FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
If part time, enter Percent Time:
Pay Band: 4
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: FS - Facilities Engineering Ops
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Posting Date: 04/04/2018
Review Begin Date: 04/20/2018
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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  3. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
    • Yes
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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Other Doc