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Fire Suppression Technician

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College / VP Area: Facilities/Real Estate/Aux Svc
Work type: AFSCME
Location: Newark
Categories: Facilities Management, Full Time

Fire Suppression Technician (1), – schedule:

  1. 4 PM – 12:30 AM, Wednesday - Sunday (off Mon./Tues.)

General Statement of Duties: 

Under general supervision performs skilled work in the areas of legally required testing and service of fire suppression systems and associated electronic/electrical signaling components throughout the University’s facilities. Using both preventive and applied maintenance techniques, independently performs testing and service of fire suppression systems including but not limited to fire pumps, standpipe systems, flow and tamper switching devices as required by prevailing national, state, and local codes.  Maintains all equipment in a safe operating manner and in accordance with the manufacturer’s requirements.


Examples of Work:

  • Tests for proper operation of fire suppression system components including but not limited to control valves, drains, inspector test valves, electronic alarm system interface devices, tamper switches, flow switches, and water driven alarm gongs and halon systems.
  • Inspects standpipe systems service, electric fire pumps and performs limited service to equipment.
  • Oversees contracted personnel performing preventive maintenance of primary movers testing, provides limited service to engine driven fire pumps.
  • Monitors the contracted personnel performing tests and providing service for specialized suppression systems; informs the Department of Occupational health and Safety and Department of Public Safety as necessary.
  • Records and maintains manual and computerized testing and service records as required by City of Newark, and the State of Delaware Fire Prevention Regulation Code; records and maintains records as well for any alternations, additions or deletions made to the fire suppression systems campus wide.
  • Uses computer to access e-mail, receive work instructions and other administrative information to include electronic payroll forms.
  • Communicates daily using a two-way radio, in order to respond to work-related routine and emergency information.
  • Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies.
  • Performs housekeeping duties to maintain a clean, uncluttered, and safe work environment
  • Performs other related duties as assigned


Environmental Factors/Occupational Exposures: 

  • The primary physical environment requires the employee to work both inside and outside in both extreme heat and cold conditions, as well as conditions that are wet/humid, dry and during times when temperatures are below 32°F for more than one-hour periods.
  • Employee must lift, tug, pull, and transport, with or without assistance, both small and heavy equipment and material, as necessary. 
  • The employee is required to bend, squat, stretch and stand and/or work in cramped areas for prolonged periods of times while repairing equipment both at floor level, overhead, and/or in confined space areas. 
  • Environment may frequently include dust and/or airborne particles and occasionally loud noise, electricity, chemicals, gases, fumes, vibration, and asbestos.  For this reason, employee is required to wear designated personal protective equipment to include, but not limited to, ANSI-approved safety eyewear, gloves, hearing protection, and footwear to prevent exposures to hazardous materials, noise, dust and/or airborne particles.  A respirator and/or specialized personal protective equipment may be required to make access to certain confined spaces. 
  • Must follow hot works safety programs.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:    

  • Journeymen level knowledge of fire suppression systems and all related components as to repair, maintenance and operation; working knowledge of electronic and line voltage electrical motor control principles.
  • Knowledge and ability to interpret and ensure compliance with national and local code requirements including but not limited to NFPA25, 13 A-D, 14, 20, 70, 101, City of Newark, and Delaware State Fire Prevention.
  • Ability to read and work independently from drawings and blueprints. 
  • Requires the ability to use hand and power tools applicable to trade.
  • Requires effective interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively and interact with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds. 
  • Requires the ability to work independently and prioritizing tasks in order to meet the needs of the unit and its customers.

Required Minimum Training and Experience: 

  • Requires a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. 
  • Four (4) years journeyman experience in related technical field, e.g. fire alarm or fire suppression systems installation, maintenance and service; or (2) years full time technical training course of study in related field and two (2) years related field experience. 

 Special Requirements: 

  • Requires the ability to routinely move, lift and/or carry, with or without assistance, equipment, parts, and job-related materials exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly to move, lift and/or carry objects. 
  • Requires the ability to work in trenches, manholes and wet environments. 
  • The employee is required to climb stairs, use ladders, and may be required to use aerial lifts, use ramps and work from scaffolds above ground level.
  • Requires the ability to accurately discern colors.

Additional Requirements: 

  • Must possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license in order to drive University of Delaware vehicles to drive to and from job sites.
  • General knowledge on disabling and bypassing various types of fire alarm panels.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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