Initial applicant review will begin on or around December 6, 2022. Posting may close any time after that without notice.
This position is represented by Teamsters Local 2010.
About UC Merced
The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration, and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable, and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities for highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project nearly doubled the physical capacity of the campus, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.
To set the course of UC Merced's evolution, in 2021 UC Merced will enact its first-ever 10-year strategic plan. This plan will guide how the values of equity and justice influence our pathway toward earning Carnegie R1 research status, growing enrollment, upholding our identity as a minority-serving institution, and operationalizing how commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion are enacted within each campus unit. UC Merced is expected to engage in sophisticated thinking, planning, and implementation of actions that effectively diversify the professoriate and staff, improve campus climate for all campus constituency groups, and strengthen our equity, diversity, and inclusion infrastructure and capacity.
About the Job
To perform skilled journeyman level work in the installation, operation, modification, servicing, troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of fire alarm systems and equipment; including smoke detectors, back-up battery systems, emergency generators, fire dampers, fire extinguishers, suppression systems, blue light phones, fire systems security, and associated control systems. Performs fire alarm system testing and preventive maintenance work required by code and campus standards, maintain, and archive test data for fire-alarm systems. Inspect fire pumps and wet pipe fire sprinkler systems and components, and support service contractors with code required inspections, tests, maintenance and repairs. The work requires knowledge of fire alarm and fire life safety systems concepts, principles, methods and codes and a full knowledge of the operational aspects the associated equipment and systems. Requires the ability to read and interpret mechanical, electrical, and plumbing schematics and drawings, ability to prepare estimates, plan and manage own projects within allotted budgets; instruct and guide skilled, semi-skilled or unskilled assistants.
Work is performed on a variety of building systems, sometimes in emergency repair situations. This class must take the necessary safety precautions when working around machines, equipment, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. Judgment is required in troubleshooting system problems and in determining methods of repair. This class is expected to resolve problems occurring in daily assignments and discuss unusual problems with the supervisor. This position will be required to work a non-standard work schedule with the ability to work variable and irregular hours and shifts, weekends, and holidays, and participate in an on-call program. Incumbent must possess excellent customer service skills. This class must take the necessary safety precautions when working to follow department guidelines, equipment service and operation manuals, and code regulations.
This class is the first journeyman level position of this series. The Fire and Security Systems class involves full responsibility for the performance of the more advanced fire alarm and fire life safety systems tasks. Incumbents in this class perform work independently with considerable latitude for determining work methods used and are subject to periodic spot checks. This class may assist other mechanics in diagnosing and repairing fire alarm and fire life safety systems equipment with complex, unusual and/or very difficult problems; assist other skilled trade workers in maintenance and repair of buildings, equipment and campus facilities; and performs related work as required.
TESTING & INSPECTION:
Test and inspect the fire alarm, life safety and fire protection systems, as assigned by management, following NFPA, Title 19 and UC regulations and requirements. Maintain accurate and detailed records.
MAINTENANCE & REPAIR:
Performs and supports maintenance activities to properly maintain and repair fire alarm, life safety and fire protection systems. Must be proficient in reading and interpreting manufacturer's manuals. Support construction activities and service contractors, as assigned.
Attend and participate in safety and technical trainings. Provide training on the operation and maintenance of fire alarm and fire protections systems under normal and emergency conditions. Attend all vendor and professional training classes as assigned by management. Maintain current code and regulatory knowledge, updates procedures, skills and operational knowledge of campus fire alarm, life safety and fire protection systems as installed, modified or added to the campus and remote facilities.
Perform related projects, reports, records, and other clerical functions as assigned.
Must have basic computer skills related to E-mail, computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), Word, Excel, reporting, and timekeeping
Work as assigned by the supervisor on all areas, including housekeeping and refurbishing the facilities. Will manage individual safety requirements as required by Cal OSHA, UC policy, codes, and regulations. Monitor operating conditions by reading gauges, meters, and automatic recording devices. Monitor gauges and equipment and make appropriate adjustments or take corrective action. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures. Assists other skilled trade workers with normal repairs and emergency repairs. Monitor system alarms and respond to emergencies and dispatch Physical Plant staff and service contractors accordingly. Assists other skilled trade workers to perform equipment repairs and PM's, as assigned.
EDUCATION and REQUIREMENTS
High school diploma and/or equivalent certification/experience/training.
Five or more years of progressively responsible related fire alarm experience.
LICENSES and CERTIFICATIONS
Completion of a State or Federally recognized (minimum four-year) apprenticeship in electronics or low-voltage electrician.
Within 18 months of date of hire, possess and maintain National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) Level 2 for the Inspection & Testing of Fire Alarm Systems certification (the University will pay the associated training classes fees and test fees).
CRITICAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Must have technical skills in fire alarm and fire protection principles, codes, and regulations.
Must have technical skills in fire alarm and fire protection systems, including maintenance, troubleshooting and repair.
Working knowledge of electrical and electronic theory and practices.
Familiar with physical and electrical hazards involved with electrical and mechanical systems troubleshooting.
Demonstrated technical skills and knowledge to effectively inspect, test, operate, maintain, repair and install all aspects of buildings fire alarm systems and equipment; including smoke detectors, back-up battery systems, emergency generators, fire dampers, fire extinguishers, suppression systems, blue light phones, security, and associated control systems.
Demonstrated technical skills and knowledge to inspect, test, operate, and maintain fire protection equipment, including fire sprinkler monitoring equipment and fire pumps.
Troubleshoots or assists in troubleshooting and repair low voltage electronic circuits, communications and fiber optics.
Electrical skill to include the use of electrical measuring meters and knowledge of AC/DC series and series parallel circuits. Ability to detect equipment operational problems, by interpreting readings from meters and gauges.
Skill to review technical data, review electrical, mechanical, and structural specifications to insure job performance.
Skills to analyze and solve problems.
Knowledge and skills to review and understand technical data, specifications, blueprints, schematics, diagrams, and craft terminology to insure job performance. Knowledge of all applicable codes including but not limited to NFPA 72, NFPA 25, NFPA 110, NFPA 80 and California State Fire Marshal regulations.
Current knowledge of approved safety devices and practices and job-related equipment through self-study and selected training.
Demonstrated experience to work within a team environment with other crafts and to assist fellow crafts persons when required. Ability to show team leadership.
Ability to maintain proficiency in the fire alarm trade through self-study and selected training.
Highly motivated and result orientated. Must maintain flexibility in a continuously changing and fast paced work environment.
Ability to train apprentices or trainees if required.
Maintain inventory and upkeep of shop tools, equipment, and materials.
Ability to follow instruction and detect equipment operational problems, by interpreting readings from meters and gauges.
Ability to interpret, learn and apply University and Operations & Maintenance policies and procedures.
Proficient in the use of computers, mobile devices, etc. and learn the use of software programs for work management, retrieve workflow information, job assignments and material and labor data entry. Must be accurate and timely in the use of the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
Demonstrated experience to work independently and use initiative in solving problems.
Organizational skills to understand and meet established unit goals and objectives, and meet project deadlines within estimated budget.
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills to effectively communicate technical/non-technical problems or concerns with supervisors, co-workers and campus personnel as required. Must be able to provide clearly written and understandable reports and instructions.
Excellent customer service skills, which include ability to handle difficult situations such as a complaint from customers and exhibit a positive demeanor at all times.
Ability to perform duties in inclement weather, climb ladders and scaffolds and routinely work in dark, hot, cold, or damp working environments in tiring, physically demanding positions for long periods of time.
Performs all work while conforming with EH&S health and safety policies, Cal OSHA and other applicable federal, state and local fire, health, safety, emergency-preparedness, pollution-prevention policies, UC Merced policies and procedures and University of California's policies and procedures, including Code of Conduct, IIPP (Safety and Health Procedures), Hazardous Materials Communications Program, Health and Safety Manual, as well as any other document authorized by the UC Merced management to have bearing on employee safety and conduct.
Ability to inspect systems and buildings to detect existing or potential problems.
Ability to analyze situations and develop effective courses of action.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
Ability to learn related job functions to perform a variety of related tasks under general supervision at an advanced journey level.
Ability to coordinate with project managers and building inspector.
Ability to maintain up-to-date, accurate, comprehensive project records including plans, specifications, submittals, schedules, requests, changes, approvals, and costs.
Ability to consult lead/supervisor or project superintendents who administer requirements and standards for modification of projects.
Ability to complete paperwork in a neat and timely manner.
Ability to support maintenance projects and programmatic work assignments, including providing contractor and service vendor support.
Ability to serve as liaison with clients, relaying their needs and requirements to the appropriate department or superintendent.
Ability to work and support shutdowns and project schedules to minimize interference with others.
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely over the telephone and radio.
Ability to attend safety, technical and general meetings.
Background check and fingerprinting will be required.
How to Apply: An online application is required for each position to apply. The University of California, Merced is aware that some web-based application processes may be cumbersome for differently abled applicants. Where appropriate, alternative accommodations will be provided. For applicants with disabilities who need additional assistance using TAM, or reasonable accommodations during the interview or search process, please contact [email protected].
Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of California, Merced is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, pregnancy, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or other protected categories covered by the UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy. UC Merced intentionally promotes and maintains a discrimination- and harassment-free workplace by demonstrating it neither condones nor tolerates employment practices that discriminate against or harass any person or specific group of persons on the basis listed above. We seek candidates who will support our vision to cultivate a vibrant, equity-minded, inclusive excellence university community. When applying to UC Merced, we strongly encourage you to reflect on our Principles of Community and our 2021 strategic plan.
Vaccination Program Policy:
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is 14 days after their first date of employment.
Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy: The University of California, Merced is a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu.
E-Verify: All employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.
UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.