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University of California Santa Cruz
  • Position Number: 3269622
  • Location: Santa Cruz, CA
  • Position Type: Liberal Arts - Human Development & Family Studies

Fire Alarm & Security Systems

Location: Santa Cruz
Job ID: 39364



UC Vaccination Policy: With limited exceptions, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for Covered Individuals under the Policy. Covered Individuals include all employees, students, or trainees who physically access a University facility or program in connection with their employment, appointment, or education/training.

Covered Individuals do NOT include employees who work 100% remotely with NO expectation that they will physically access any University location or program at ANY time. If 100% remote work ends, the employee is subject to policy.



UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit.

The IRD for this job is: 08-08-2022



UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.



Physical Planning, Development & Operations (PPDO) manages and oversees all University activities and services related to physical and environmental planning, design and construction, engineering, physical plant maintenance and operations, capital planning and space management, and the associated business services necessary to support these functions.  The University's main campus is spread across more than 2,000 acres and includes over 500 buildings comprising more than 8 million square feet.  The department includes operating budgets of over $48 million, manages a capital project portfolio of approximately $500 million, and employs nearly 300 full time staff to carry forth the duties necessary for the campus' development and operation.

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Under the direction of the Fire Alarm & Security Supervisor, the incumbent performs preventative maintenance, repairs, installation, calibration, and construction on campus fire alarm, security, data cabling, and electronic low voltage systems; use specialized test equipment and tools; works from schematics, blueprints, drawings, models, written and verbal instructions. Document and maintain accurate software and hard copy data files, records, and prints for campus fire and security systems. Make minor program changes to fire alarm panels using CSGM and Zeus software and program security alarm panels.

Campus Fire and Security alarm systems consist of Siemens NCC head end, XLS, MXL and Radionics/Bosch components.



Salary Information: $48.06 / Hourly.

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits

Schedule Information:
  • Full-time, Fixed
  • Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
  • Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
  • Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus

Union Representation: K7 - Santa Cruz Skilled Craft

Job Code Classification: 008378 (FIRE AND SCRTY SPEC)

Travel:  Up to 25% of the time



50% - Preventative Maintenance & Repair
  • Perform preventative maintenance and periodic systems tests and inspections on campus fire alarm and security alarm panels, transmission devices, and verify the correct operation of all systems components. Accurately record all information on the proper preventative maintenance forms.
  • Determine from these records that systems are functioning to manufacturers' specifications. When remote system failures occur, follow systematic troubleshooting procedures to determine the exact cause of the problem. Utilize schematic diagrams, specialized test equipment, and diagnostic tests in troubleshooting system failures. Perform the necessary repairs and/or replacements in an expedient manner to minimize system downtime.
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned by Supervisor.

20% - Installation and Testing
  • Assemble, install, and test remote hardware devices, field and head end Fire Alarm and Security panels, and transmission devices. Hardware devices include a wide variety of industry fire and security sensors. 
  • Ensure that all changes and/or additions to fire and security systems comply with manufacturer's and campus specifications. Test all new fire alarm installations and additions, both in-house and contractor installed, with the fire marshal or a designated representative, to ensure that all equipment is functional and meets code.

10% - Project Support
  • Provide plan and submittal review comments, advise on RFI response and participate in commissioning for fire alarm and related systems that may need verification of operation during project closeout. Review engineering plans and make recommendations for maintenance and alterations.

5% - Software Programming Fire Alarm/Security Systems
  • Perform minor software programming changes to the Siemens XLS and MXL fire alarm panels and Bosch/Radionics security panels.

5% - Documentation
  • Maintain extensive, accurate, and up-to-date documentation of all fire alarm panels and devices, security systems and devices, and campus cabling, including historical repair and fire and security response reports, preventative maintenance records, and systems changes and additions to new and existing systems. Maintain accurate and up-to-date documentation on the proper sequence of operation for each fire alarm and security system.

5% - Campus Cabling Maintenance and Repair
  • Maintain, repair, install, and perform preventative maintenance on campus cabling system relating to fire alarm and security. Maintain all historical records for campus cabling system, including all repair, installation, preventative maintenance records, and changes or additional documentation. Perform inspections of all work on campus cabling systems, new or existing.  

5% - Safety and Timekeeping
  • Regularly perform safety inspections and routine maintenance on tools and equipment used. Attend safety and training classes and perform job related tasks in a safe manner. Follow all product and university specific safety procedures when using tools and equipment. Write and maintain a weekly timesheet. Effectively employ good interpersonal skills when interacting with members of the campus community. Assist Physical Plant mechanics and supervisor to maintain an adequate inventory of shop materials, supplies and tools by informing them of specific shop needs.


  • Journey level training, experience and knowledge in fire alarm and security system installation, repair and preventative maintenance.
  • Training and experience in programming fire alarm panels and security alarm panels.
  • Experience in the use of test equipment such as multimeters and other test equipment used in testing and troubleshooting fire and security systems.
  • Basic knowledge of instrumentation, electrical theory, Ohm's law, series and parallel circuits, test equipment and the NFPA codes.
  • Experience and knowledge in the organization, execution and purpose of preventative maintenance programs.
  • Experience in the use of vendor specific installation and service manuals, catalogs and cut sheets.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those within PPDO and other individuals within the University as necessary to successfully conduct assigned tasks and work. 
  • Ability to accommodate changing priorities and complete tasks despite intermittent interruptions.
  • Ability to read, write, follow oral and written instructions.


  • Specialized training and experience with Siemens NCC, XLS and MXL fire alarm systems and Radionics/Bosch security alarm panels. 


  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check. 
  • Must possess a valid license to drive in the State of California.
  • Ability to perform essential physical job functions requiring working in confined spaces such as mechanical rooms, machinery spaces, attics, manholes and trenches while bending, stooping and or kneeling.
  • The ability to move materials weighing up to 75 lbs. with or without accommodation. 
  • Ability to work in conditions where candidate is exposed to live electrical circuits, rotating machinery and loud noises while following appropriate safety procedures.
  • Ability to work overtime including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays to meet operational needs, and work an alternate work schedule shift (e.g., swing shift) as required. Ability to occasionally work overtime with little or no advance notice. Ability to respond to emergencies after hours as necessary.
  • The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.
  • Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here.



All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.



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The University of California is an Equal Employment 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, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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