Fire Alarm/ Fire Sprinkler- Fire/Life/Safety Systems Technician

University of Texas at Austin

Job Posting Title:

Fire Alarm/ Fire Sprinkler- Fire/Life/Safety Systems Technician


Hiring Department:

Facilities Operations and Maintenance


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:

To Be Determined at Offer


Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue





Job Description:

To provide journey level work associated with fire-life-safety equipment, systems, and/or to their components.


Job Details:

General Notes

To fill full-time Night Shift and Weekend Shift for Fire Sprinkler Systems, and Weekend Shift for Fire Alarm Systems. Additional $299 per month shift differential pay for night shift only. Hiring decision contingent upon applicant clearing a security background check and receiving an acceptable driver’s rating. Applications will be reviewed online by the hiring department.


  • Fire Alarm: Perform both routine and preventative maintenance on fire alarm systems. Perform fire alarm system inspections. Perform repairs, replacement, upgrade and remodel of fire alarm systems. Assist with new fire alarm system commissioning.
  • Fire Sprinkler: Perform both routine and preventative maintenance on fire sprinkler systems. Perform fire sprinkler system inspections. Perform repairs, replacement, upgrade and remodel of fire sprinkler systems. Assist with new fire sprinkler system commissioning.
  • Support outages, coordinate and work with contractors and other entities and respond and give guidance to emergency personnel. Perform follow-up investigations to assure the proper operation of fire safety systems during actual fires.
  • Keep up to date on all code changes, testing procedures and product knowledge. Read and interpret drawings and technical manuals. Perform work from both written and verbal instructions and in accordance with established safety procedures.
  • Complete paperwork accurately and on a timely basis. Provide equipment information for FAMIS updates. Keep accurate and up to date documentation of all systems.
  • Train others within the shop. Possess and use leadership skills to advance the shop towards its goals.
  • Generate material lists and acquires materials for efficient work. Keep accurate records of materials used and maintains daily time reports to efficiently complete work and document details of the functions performed. Keep accurate and up to date documentation of all systems.
  • Provide timely and courteous customer service, keep supervisors and team members up to date on daily work order status to ensure clear, concise and necessary communication channels are maintained and customer expectations are met. Assist other shops and team members in the accomplishment of shop goals related to key performance indicators.
  • Perform organizing and cleaning tasks to keep work areas safe and efficient. Cleans and keeps electronic equipment and rooms organized. Participates in the On-Call Program.

Required Qualifications

High school graduation or GED. Four years of experience in journey level installation/repair/maintenance/operation of fire alarm with electronic background/ fire sprinkler equipment. NICET Level II certification. Valid Commercial State Fire Alarm License required. Must have a valid driver’s license and an acceptable driving record.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Associate’s degree in a technical field or equivalent experience. More than four years of the described experience. Experience at the University of Texas or in a university setting. Demonstrated excellent communication skills. Computer experience. Experience with computerized service request system. Demonstrated excellent customer service skills. Proven ability to work with a team of multi-crafted trades people. Graduated from a leadership program. Ability to multi-task. NICET Level III or above certification in fire alarm/ fire sprinkler. Successful completion of the Campus Planning and Facilities Management Leader Development program.

Driving Required

This job requires a class “C” operator’s driver’s license. The applicant selected must provide a current three year driving record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, a Texas driver’s license must be obtained within 30 days of becoming a Texas resident. Employees who are required to have a CDL are subject to drug and alcohol testing (pre-employment, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, random, return-to-duty, and follow-up drug and alcohol testing).

Salary Range

$47,782 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

  • Uniforms and/or personal protection equipment (furnished)
  • May work in all weather conditions
  • May work in extreme temperatures
  • May work around chemical fumes
  • May work around standard office conditions
  • May work around biohazards
  • May work around chemicals
  • May work around electrical and mechanical hazards
  • May work in confined spaces
  • Exposure to noise, allergens, dust on job sites
  • Occasional work from scaffolds
  • May require tuberculosis screening and occasional use of a respirator
  • Climbing of stairs
  • Climbing of ladders
  • Lift and move up to 50 lbs
  • Pushing and pulling

Work Shift

  • 40 hours per week, days & hours to be set with supervisor
  • All shifts may have overtime any day of the week, including holidays
  • Night shift is set to Monday – Friday, 3:30pm-12:00am
  • Weekend shift is set to Friday – Monday, 6:00am – 4:30pm

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]



Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031 .

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2021 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.

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