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Fire Alarm Electrician (8195C), Facilities Service - 45735
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Dec. 7, 2022
Title Fire Alarm Electrician (8195C), Facilities Service - 45735
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Facilities/Maintenance/Transportation

Fire Alarm Electrician (8195C), Facilities Service - 45735

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

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Departmental Overview

Facilities Services works to maintain a campus built environment that is conducive to teaching, learning and research. We strive to continuously improve the campus in partnership with all members of the campus community. Facilities Services is comprised of the following units: Campus Recycling and Refuse Services, Custodial Services, Environmental Services, Grounds Operations Shops, Quality Assurance & Customer Service, Sustainability and Engineering Services and People's Park.

Working as part of the skilled trades group and in conformance with the Electrician job scope, the incumbent performs planned and emergency repairs to all building fire alarm and life safety systems, wiring, devices, and equipment in accordance with a division-developed calendar to meet all National Fire Prevention Association, and State fire Marshall's Office compliance requirements. Incumbent performs work to achieve timely completion and full documentary compliance of this planned work along with any emergency or other unplanned fire and life safety system work that may arise.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: December 20, 2022



  • Responsible for the installation of new fire alarm devices, including but not limited to: troubleshooting, shop fabrications, predictive and preventive maintenance, inspections, test operations, services repairs or replacement.
  • Participate in the design of assemblies, systems, equipment and/or controls, electrical and/or mechanical.
  • Prepare drawings in detail showing measurements and materials with information obtained from blueprints and verbal instructions.
  • Perform work on shop fabrications, predictive and preventive maintenance, inspections, test operations, sustaining services, troubleshooting and repairs and/or replacement of complex control and mechanical systems of fire alarm systems.


  • Adherence to the scheduling of work through the work management program is required.
  • Consult shop superintendent and/or lead for technical information.
  • Interpret prints, schematics, wiring diagrams, flow charts and written descriptions of functions and project requirements.
  • Support maintenance projects and programmatic work assignments.
  • Keep accurate work records and complete paperwork in a neat and timely manner.
  • Define and describe materials, tools and/or equipment, work methods and task sequences.
  • Serve as liaison with clients, relaying their needs and requirements to the appropriate department or superintendent.
  • Obtain materials and equipment as required.


  • Adhere to all University and Departmental safety guidelines.
  • Attend job-related and safety training as required.


  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Must possess knowledge and ability to utilize correct tools, techniques and methods for handling specific fire alarm projects by applying thorough knowledge of codes and the skills of a craftsperson.
  • Ability to interpret prints, schematics, wiring diagrams, flow charts and written descriptions of functions and project requirements.
  • Ability to operate electrical machines, equipment, and other hand and/or power tools needed to perform skill-related job tasks.
  • Ability to work in confined spaces and to gain access to areas that normally require stairs, ladders and scaffolding using specific methods to perform job tasks.
  • Ability to safely move supplies and objects up to 75 pounds with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Must possess excellent communication skills and ability to interact in a positive manner with the campus community, including students, building managers, academic personnel, and craft personnel, in a multi- cultural environment.
  • Ability to track jobs to completion and prioritize requirements; able to work and support shutdowns and project schedules to minimize interference with others.
  • Ability to read information from equipment manufactures manuals, service requests, layout sketches, blueprints, appropriate state and local government codes, trade-specific manuals and practices, and to determine how the fixture or equipment should perform.
  • Ability to distinguish colors and use color codes effectively.
  • Ability to communicate clearly over the telephone and two-way radio.
  • Ability to execute job assignments in a timely manner.
  • Must be available to respond to emergencies, work on-call, weekend on-call, rotating swing shift, watch and holidays.
  • Adhere to Facilities Services' work rules and Code of Conduct.


  • Must have five years verifiable experience with fire alarms
  • Employee must possess five years experience in a comparable position or related experience in a university, hospital or large building complex, including a minimum of two years performing installation, trouble-shooting, and repair of fire alarm systems.
  • Education and training in fire alarms can be through documented experience and/or professional development through an accredited college or university.
  • Must possess California State Fire Alarm License (Blue Card).
  • NICET Level I
  • NICET Level II (have or receive within 6 months)

Salary & Benefits

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment in the Resume section of your application.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Physical Exam

Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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