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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

To perform work in the design, installation, maintenance, testing, and repair of fire alarm, fire
suppression, and fire control systems.



Inspect, analyze, and repair malfunctions in fire alarm systems including zone and point
addressable types.
Modify fire alarm systems by the addition or deletion of circuit boards, smoke detectors, pull
stations, strobes, speakers, or horns, and make changes to the software of the fire alarm
panel to reflect these changes.
Perform periodic tests on fire alarm, fire suppression, and fire control systems.
Perform maintenance on fire suppression systems including CO², Halon, and dry chemical.
Maintain the alarm reporting system including installing and programming remote terminal units
and maintaining a database of alarm points.
Maintain the central clock systems including the installation, maintenance, programming, and
testing of transmitters, clock code converters, master clocks, and system clocks for
carrier, sync wired, and impulse systems.
Coordinate maintenance and testing with building occupants.
Participate in the periodic testing of sprinkler systems including using voltmeters and ammeters
to take readings on booster pump motors.
Participate in the installation of new fire alarm and fire control systems by reviewing drawings,
communicating with contractors, performing shutdowns, and assisting with acceptance
Cut, bend, and route conduit lines, and pull wire through conduit by means of fish tape.
Connect wiring to fire alarm panels and related fixtures including smoke detectors, pull stations,
strobes, speakers and horns.
Participate in designing and connecting air handler shutdown circuits to fire alarm systems
including specifying the fire alarm equipment necessary, and making the connections to
the fire alarm.
Read and interpret blueprints, drawings, diagrams, sketches, schematics, and job
Maintain records of design, installation, maintenance, testing, repair and other related activities
and services.


Required Qualifications*

Graduation from high school and specialized training in fire alarm electrical and electronic work
is necessary.
Considerable experience in the maintenance and repair of all types of fire alarm, fire
suppression, and fire control equipment is necessary.
Reasonable experience in the design and installation of fire alarm, fire suppression, and fire
control equipment is necessary.
Considerable knowledge of the tools, equipment, methods and materials involved in electrical
and electronic work is necessary.
A Fire Alarm Technician License issued by the State of Michigan Fire Safety Board is
Ability to read and interpret blue prints, sketches and schematic diagrams is necessary.
Must be able to fulfill the necessary requirements to drive a University vehicle. 

Work Schedule

Wednesday - Friday, 4am -  2:30pm

Saturday, 4am - 2pm 

The selected candidate might be asked to work on-call and overtime. 

Additional Information

Facilities and Operations seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the U-M Skilled Trades Union, Inc., which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.