• University of Washington
  • $106,350.00 -73,300.00/year*
  • Buckley, WA
  • Construction
  • Full-Time
  • 27216 112th St E

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As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a Great College to Work For for five consecutive years.

UW Facilities is a world-class organization providing exceptional services anywhere, anytime in support of the University of Washingtons mission of teaching, research, and discovery. UW Facilities engages employees through LEAN practices and continuous improvement. UW Facilities includes eight departments that operate, maintain and support the University: Building Services Department, Campus Engineering & Operations, Emergency Management, Facilities Employee Services, Facilities Maintenance & Construction, Finance and Business Services, Integrated Operations & Engagement and Transportation Services. Our staff must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty and staff of many social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial and ethnic backgrounds.

The Seattle campus has over 150 buildings with educational classrooms, office space, research laboratories, medical facilities, residence halls and public assembly occupancies. This work requires specialized skills and knowledge in high-rise and low-rise building fire detection/alarm systems and emergency communication systems(Simplex, Siemens & Honeywell).

Campus Utilities & Operations has an outstanding opportunity for a Fire Alarm Control Technician .

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Interact with clients, coworkers, management, staff and students in a courteous and professional manner, with a particular attention to customer service
Routinely perform regulatory confidence testing on fire alarm and life safety systems in occupied research laboratories, medical facilities, residence halls, classrooms and other higher education facilities
Service, install, test, inspect, calibrate, commission, repair, troubleshoot, maintain and operate complex fire detection/alarm systems, life safety systems and other monitoring/control/signal/clock systems in University buildings that are routinely occupied and cannot be disturbed
Collaborate with other University employees and contractors on a daily basis in a professional manner to resolve fire detection/alarm and life safety systems issues
Maintain and update fire detection/alarm and life safety testing documentation to reflect the current conditions
Work varied shift hours and work overtime when assigned or called back for a facilities emergency
Write, modify, and debug computer programs used in fire detection/alarm control systems
Follow safe work and housekeeping practices, comply with departmental and university policies, and comply with environmental and other regulations while performing duties
Safely and properly use drill presses, grinders, hand drills, soldering guns, small hand tools, and other specialized apparatus such as multi-meters and oscilloscopes
Prepare service histories, work orders, and fulfill other documentation requirements
Attend all required meetings and training
Perform other duties as assigned

Core Competencies

Demonstrate personal integrity and trustworthiness.
Manage stressful situations and changing priorities effectively.
Anticipate, recognize and resolve problems.
Be responsible and accountable.
Use organizational skills and provide attention to details.
Maintain a positive, optimistic, and success-oriented attitude.
Exercise professionalism, which includes being tactful and courteous.
Exhibit a professional work ethic.
Continuously promote a safe work environment.

Requirements include:

Completion of a four-year approved institution course as a Control Technician Trainee; OR four years of applicable experience in installation, repair, and maintenance of electrical and pneumatic control systems.

Vocational or trade school training in control mechanisms may be substituted, year-for-year, for work experience up to a maximum of two years.

Additional requirements include:

`Must have experience and working knowledge of fire alarm regulatory requirements in NFPA 72 and the Seattle Fire Code
Must be conversant with one or more fire alarm systems and programming languages
Must have the ability and willingness to learn, adapt to new technologies and be flexible when situations change
Must be able to analyze and evaluate information and situations in order to solve problems
Must have strong customer service skills and be able to work closely with other skilled trades, supervisors, leads, technicians, researchers, faculty, students, while demonstrating the highest professional attitude
Must be a strong team player, able to work alone and work closely with multiple trades in a highly complex major learning and research university
Must be able to work varied work shifts and work overtime when assigned, called back or stand by for a facilities emergency
Must be skilled with Microsoft operating systems and software (i.e. Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, etc.) or willingness to learn and use computers and related software and applications
Have knowledge and understand of safe work practices and policies
Must be able to wear all proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required
Must be able to follow written and/or verbal instructions and communicate in English regarding the use of chemicals, supplies, and equipment; comply with safety policies and procedures

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


Conversant with Simplex 4100 family of fire alarm systems and the Simplex TrueSite networking system
Possession of a valid N.I.C.E.T. Level II license (or higher)
Two-year Associates Degree in electronics, or equivalent
Five or more years recent experience with a major fire alarm system contractor as a certified Fire Alarm Control Technician

Conditions of Employment:

Must be able to work on ladders, high lifts, and catwalks
Must be willing to work at the University Health Science complex which includes live animal quarters and research
Must be willing to work in BL2 and BL3 areas
Must be able to work in a non-smoking environment
The University of Washington is a smoke-free campus
Must maintain a professional appearance at all times
Must wear personal protective equipment as required
Approved safety shoes must be provided at the employees expense and worn on the job
Must possess, or obtain within 60 days of employment, and maintain a valid Seattle Fire Department FA-1 Certification and successfully retest every three years as long as employed as a Fire Control Technician
Must have a valid Washington State Drivers License at all times, and must be able to operate Washington State owned vehicles as needed
Must be able to communicate effectively using a hand held two-way radio
Must be able to be fitted for and wear a respirator on the job. Must participate in medical screening/monitoring (such as TB screening and proof of measles inoculation) required for work assignments in locations, including but not limited to, nonhuman primate areas, the Animal Research and Care Facility, and the University of Washington Medical Center.
Regular and predictable attendance is required

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your \"My Jobs\" page to take when you are ready.

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* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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