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Fire Alarm and Sprinkler Technician

University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 22, 2024

Job Details

Posting Details

Posting Details

​Benefits of Working at UNCW

Want to become a soaring UNCW Seahawk and work at one of the best universities on the East Coast? Want to put your toes in the sand after a day of work? The University of North Carolina Wilmington offers a wonderfully vibrant university community along with a beautiful location just miles from the beach.

Employees of UNCW are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other programs, resources, policies, and practices that help to support a work/life balance. Our programs have been designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Full time employees are eligible for dental, vision and health insurance plans. Health insurance benefit plans eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.

Full time employees are also eligible for the tuition waiver program which covers the cost of tuition and fees for up to three (3) undergraduate or graduate courses per academic year at UNCW or any other university within the UNC System. In addition, UNCW covers the cost of tuition and fees for one UNCW course each summer session.

As a full time employee, UNCW also offers a free membership to the Campus Recreation Center, free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus, meditation and yoga sessions, voluntary supplemental insurance coverages, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays, 24 hours of paid community service leave time, paid vacation and sick leave accrual and family medical leave after 12 months of continuous service.

We also offer an abundance of training and development programs through our Dare to Learn Academy ,and the employee assistance program , many of which are offered free of charge.

Recruitment Range
$46,671- $51,376

Vacancy Number

Position Title
Electronics Specialist

Working Title
Fire Alarm and Sprinkler Technician

Competency Level

Home Department
Maintenance - 35213

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The primary purpose of the Physical Plant is to maintain all the University’s physical assets. This is achieved by repairs as needed and by a proactive plan of inspection and testing of all major equipment.

Facilities - 35200 College

College/School Information

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

Location of Workplace
Main UNCW Campus

Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The primary purpose of the Fire Alarm and Sprinkler Technician is to test and maintain the University’s fire, sprinkler, security and other systems as required.

Responsibilities include:
  • Maintain fire alarm equipment
  • Maintain fire protection sprinkler system equipment
  • Maintain circuit boards
  • Maintain power supplies and other life safety systems
  • Review design and construction or modification of electronic devices
  • Operate standard or specialized testing equipment while troubleshooting electronic devices and systems to include:
    • fire pumps
    • dry/pre-action fire protection sprinkler systems
    • wet chemical kitchen hoods
    • dry chemical elevator compression systems
    • sprinkler system water flow inspections – exercising control valves
    • battery load testing on fire alarm and burglar systems
    • annual fire alarm inspections
    • annual area of rescue inspections
  • May be assigned to a specific system or multiple systems
  • Replace and modify existing systems
  • Review plans and specifications for new or existing buildings to be renovated
  • Knowledge of electronic principles, mathematical principles and fundamental physics as applied to electronics
**This position has been designated as mandatory personnel for the university and may be required to report to work during adverse weather conditions, even though the university may be operating on an alternate schedule. This position may assist with snow, ice and/or debris removal under the direction of a supervisor.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Associate’s degree in electronics; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Preferred education, professional skills and experience
  • 2+ years performing moderate to advanced level tasks associated with fire, security systems and/or other electronic/electric systems
  • Moderate to advanced level knowledge of microprocessor based fire and security systems and practices for repair and installation of these systems
  • Ability to design, install and repair
  • Ability to plan work operations, follow oral and written instructions and communicate effectively with department heads and other trade and contract workers are required
  • Ability to use computers, IPads, IPhone, for timekeeping, communication, data entry and work order management
  • Ability to maintain accurate records
  • Ability to perform routine fire sprinkler maintenance duties as listed under the North Carolina Fire Sprinkler Maintenance Technician license to include such duties include testing of water flow and tamper switches on wet and dry sprinkler systems and the testing of fire pumps
  • Moderate to advanced level knowledge of microprocessor based fire and security systems and electronic clock systems and practices for repair and installation of these systems
  • Knowledge of NFPA 25/ NFPA 72 or other life safety systems codes and standards
Required Certifications or licensure
  • Ability to obtain the Fire Sprinkler Maintenance Technician license within 12 months employment with UNCW .
  • A valid North Carolina Driver’s license, or be able to obtain one within two weeks of employment.
1.0 (40 hours per week)

Months Per Year
12 Months

Work Days
Monday - Friday

Work Hours
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM - with on-call rotation; subject to call-back and emergencies

Type of Position

Anticipated Ending Date if Time-Limited

Position Number

Job Posting Date

Posting Close Date

Number of Openings
Single Incumbent

Special Notes to Applicants

PLEASE NOTE : This posting will close at 11:59PM (Eastern time) on the posted closing date. To receive full consideration, please be sure you have fully completed the entire application, including the ‘Work History’ section before you apply for this position. Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of 3 Professional References
Optional Documents Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity with UNCW? (2024)
    • UNCW Website
    • UNCW LinkedIn Page
    • UNCW X Account (formerly Twitter)
    • UNCW Employee Referral
    • UNCW Instagram Account (UNCW_jobs)
    • UNCW Job Alert
    • Chronical of Higher Education
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Glassdoor
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • Indeed
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • North Carolina Job Network
    • Women in Higher Education
    • Craigslist
    • Career Events/Job Fairs
    • Billboards/Marquee
    • Other
  2. * If you selected 'Other' to the question above, please explain how you found out about this opportunity. Enter N/A if not applicable.

    (Open Ended Question)


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