Fire Safety Technician III

The University of Iowa

Job Reference #: 20003114

The University of Iowa department of Facilities Management is seeking a Fire Safety Technician III to perform, under general supervision, inspections, tests and consultations necessary to ensure compliance with good safety practices and the standards imposed under Federal and State Occupational Safety and Health Laws applicable to all buildings and facilities and discover and recommend the remedies for safety hazards in those buildings and facilities. This position is scheduled to work: Monday to Friday, 7:00am – 3:30pm. Pay Grade 15. The University of Iowa offers a generous benefits package which may be viewed at:

Duties to include:

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs all characteristic duties and responsibilities of Fire Safety Technician II.
  • Reviews architectural drawings, and specifications of new construction projects and building alterations for adherence to safety and code standards. Attends meetings with engineers, managers, and contractors regarding fire and life safety systems and plans.
  • Recommends specification and design standards for fire sprinkler, suppression, alarm, and life safety equipment.
  • Designs, programs, installs, and commissions fire alarm, sprinkler, suppression or life safety systems.
  • Identifies corrective actions and serves as a technical code advisor necessary to bring properties into compliance with applicable fire codes, laws, regulations, standards, and educates property owners and their representatives of these actions.
  • Participates in fire alarm response and the investigation of fires, or the cause of fire alarm activation and identifies actions or corrective measures to prevent reoccurrence.
  • Maintains inspection and inventory database software and documentation.
  • Prepares design and as-built drawings, specifications, estimates, maintenance procedures, and reports.
  • Calibrates and adjusts life safety equipment to insure optimum performance.
  • Maintains system documentation, CAD drawings, configurations, etc., and maintains and updates data backups.
  • Provides emergency response to the University as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by appropriate department or administrative personnel.

About Facilities Management:

Facilities Management (FM) is a service unit of approximately 700 employees who work behind the scenes, 24 hours a day, serving the University of Iowa as stewards of our beautiful Iowa City campus. FM staff coordinate campus master planning, manage design & construction, maintain & clean the buildings & grounds, and provide utilities management.

The university is located along the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City, a city of some 77,000 people (170,000+ in the metro area) regularly ranked as one of the nation’s best places to live. Iowa City is less than four hours from Chicago and within five hours of Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City, readily accessible via interstate highways and a regional airport 30 minutes away.


Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Five years of related experience, which includes regular participation in activities such as project planning, designing, ensuring code compliance, estimating project costs, investigating problems, recommending actions or similar tasks.
  • Appropriate certifications in specialized field including NICET (sprinkler/alarm)

Special Qualifications:

  • Valid Driver’s license is required and ability to meet and maintain UI Fleet Safety driving Standards is required.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Possesses NICET II In Fire Alarm Systems.
  • Ability to work in a variety of environments including heights, confined spaces, poorly lit areas, high sound levels, with possible exposure to chemical, biological, radiological, and neurological, and other environmental hazards.
  • Ability to carry a 20# ABC extinguisher up flights of stairs
  • Knowledge of 2015 International Fire Code, NFPA, NEC, and other codes and standards.
  • Knowledge of various fire extinguishers, suppression systems, and sprinkler systems.
  • Knowledge of principles, methods and techniques used in fire prevention.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability and skill to operate safely and maintain equipment of hand and power tools.
  • Ability to read and interpret plans and specifications.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with other departmental personnel, students, staff, vendors, suppliers, and the public.
  • Ability to instruct and teach other, both formally and informally
  • Knowledge of technical drafting or engineering practices, procedures and reference sources. Include.
  • Knowledge of processes and procedures related to the design and construction coordination of new and remodel/repair projects.
  • Ability to identify and evaluate technical problems when conducting performance testing procedures.
  • Skill in utilizing computer software for uses such as design, scheduling, planning and or data management.
  • Ability to perform preventive maintenance and repairs on life safety and electronic equipment.
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques used in the life safety and electrical field.
  • Knowledge of the tools and equipment of the electronics field and skill in their safe use, as well as knowledge of life safety systems and equipment
  • Knowledge of and ability to interpret local, state, and national electrical and fire codes.
  • Knowledge of OSHA regulations and ability to comply with OSHA procedures.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks while remaining calm in stressful and time sensitive situations.

Merit job openings are posted for a minimum of 10 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and a driver’s license check. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Job ID: 71709

Posted 4 days ago

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