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Fire Suppression Technician

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Boulder, Colorado

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Classified Staff



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Job Summary

Facilities Management (FM) encourages applications for a Fire Suppression Technician! This position will be responsible for inspection, testing, maintenance and installation of new and existing fire suppression systems. The role will develop a detailed understanding of the functioning alarm systems.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Facilities Management is responsible for the overall physical development and maintenance of the campus. The mission of the department is to provide a safe physical environment that promotes the advancement and transfer of knowledge.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Functional Testing, Code Competency, & Documentation

  • Perform functional testing, inspections, and certifications of existing fire suppression systems: water flow and tamper switches, pre-action, dry pipe, air compressors, back flow, and other related system/components.
  • Document all deficiencies, changes, and problems. Notify all relevant parties of functional systems failures or problems for securing future funding sources.
  • Maintain fire alarm/fire suppression system records for all systems on campus including: record drawings, testing results, valve inspections, building inceptions, back flow certification, maintenance and repair reports, and technical reference materials on a per building fire alarm/suppression system basis.

Repair/Maintenance, Code Compliance, & Work Scheduling

  • Perform maintenance, installations and modifications on campus fire sprinkler systems to ensure normal operation. Maintenance/installation includes troubleshooting and repairing tamper switches, water flow switches, air compressors, piping, back flow valve components, sprinkler heads, test valves and all other inherit components of fire suppression systems.
  • Inform all relevant parties of the work schedule and of the status of the buildings' system.

Knowledge of Trade, Systems, Campus Standards & Protocols

  • Inspect contractor installations of fire suppression systems, coordinate system deactivation to allow for contractor work on existing systems and assist in interconnection between existing and new suppression systems. Includes the fire alarm control panel deactivation and notification of proper parties for short-term outages, following a pre-agreed upon protocol.
  • Enforce contractual, CUB Standard requirements and work procedures and codes, and participate in and chip in to CUB’s acceptance decision for the final fire alarm/suppression system test on all new contractor installed systems.

Project Support & Inter-Departmental Collaboration

  • Work in conjunction with CUB Project Planners, Engineers, Consultants, and building occupants on projects, and participate in contract document and shop drawing reviews.
  • Aid in developing and editing CUB Standards as well as fire alarm and suppression procedures and policies.

Communication & Personal Growth

  • Maintain and improve knowledge of technical competency on fire suppression systems. Use this information as a key resource for instructing/informing CUB campus entities, including faculty, staff and emergency response personnel on facilities component improvements and theory and operation of all fire suppression system devices.
  • Responsible for completing material issuance requests and purchase requests to procure any material needed. Limited to $1,000 per event purchase at the FM Construction Stores without the approval of supervisor.
  • To complete required duties, this position will need to drive a State vehicle and maintain a valid State of Colorado drivers license.
  • Work collaboratively with other Trades work units and train them on pertinent systems as needed.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to follow the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.
  • This position is eligible for our Facilities Management Employee Referral Program.
  • This is a full-time, in-person position. This position may be required to work alternate or extended shifts at the discretion of the work unit supervisor.
  • This role is designated as Essential Services. A designation of Essential Services means that the employee is required to report to work at times when the campus is closed due to fire, explosion, inclement weather or other emergency situations.

What We Can Offer

  • The salary for this position is $70,000 annually. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Three years of experience in fire sprinkler installation, testing, and maintenance as they pertain to fire suppression systems.
  • Appropriate education or completion of a formalized apprenticeship will substitute for experience on a year-for-year basis.
  • Must be a Colorado resident to apply.
  • Must have a valid Colorado driver's license.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to learn quickly.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience in an institutional setting.
  • Current Backflow Protection Assembly Tester Certification (ASSE preferred). Applicant must attain certification within 12 months of hire if they do not currently possess it.
  • Five years of experience in fire sprinkler testing, installation, and maintenance.
  • Current City of Denver Installer/Inspector's License for fire/life safety systems.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1.  A current resume that includes date ranges and whether the position was full-time or part-time. 
  2. Optional: A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
  3. DD-214 for veteran applicants. 
    • Qualified veterans are eligible for veteran’s preference points within the State classified system. If you are a veteran and would like to have your DD214 evaluated to determine your eligibility for preference points, please attach a copy of your DD214 to this posting. If you do not wish to upload a DD214, please email a copy to or send via fax at 303-492-4693 and reference the job to which you are applying.
  4. If using the educational substitution for experience: proof of degree or transcripts. 
We may request references at a later time.
Please apply by December 6, 2022 for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

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Essential Services

This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures. 

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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