Site Protection Mechanic at Princeton University

Posted in Facilities 9 days ago.

Location: Princeton, New Jersey

Job Description:

Site Protection Mechanic


Job ID: 2022-14001
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Building Trades and Technicians

Princeton University


The Site Protection Mechanic is a member of the Facilities Operations and performs inspection and testing of campus life safety systems, including but not limited to Fire Alarm, Sprinkler Systems, Fire Extinguishers, Fire Pumps, Kitchen Hood Suppression Systems, etc. The position provides around-the-clock campus-wide, initial responder service for emergency, urgent, and routine events related to life safety, access control, security, environmental and other facilities systems. The work is performed on a 24 /7 day work schedule consisting of various day, evening and weekend shifts.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: With a minimum of oversight, the position will perform the following duties: (Other duties may be assigned.)

Perform inspection testing, repair and maintenance of campus life safety and security systems, including, fire alarms, fire suppression, access control systems and others. Perform other duties as assigned, which may include, but are not limited to, support of other trade shops and overtime assignments. Troubleshoot, provide emergency repairs of these systems, and coordinate with their supervisor the additional response of skilled trades needed to minimize the event to prevent further damage to the facility, thereby maintaining or restoring occupant safety and security. A University cell phone and two-way radio are to be utilized at all times during working hours for communication purposes. Work independently from our computerized maintenance-management system (Maximo CMMS) to generate, manage and complete work orders.

Approximate time on tasks (subject to change based on business need):

  • 50% life safety inspections,

  • 30% off hour calls for building trades support

  • 20% emergency response to a life safety issue (i.e. fire alarm, assist DPS, critical life safety or building system malfunction).


Education/Experience – Possess a high school diploma or equivalent and should have 3 or more years of experience in the construction or industrial maintenance trades or equivalent training in one or more of the following fields:

  • Life Safety System

  • Security Systems

  • Locksmith

  • Sprinkler Fitter

  • Mechanical Trades

Knowledge of Job Function - working knowledge of electrical circuits and electrical safe practices. Ability to interpret drawings and service manuals for equipment serviced. Thorough knowledge of safe work practices and experience in the repair, modification and installation of electronic systems, and the ability to repair and maintain systems with minimal guidance. Must have the ability and aptitude to develop a broad range of multi-trades skills in the areas of carpentry, plumbing, HVAC, electric, and mechanical trades, etc., and the ability to investigate and resolve a full spectrum of building maintenance problems and emergency/urgent repair needs. Must have the capability to be trained and become proficient in all technical areas of the position description. Must be able to work independently on a fixed or rotating shift schedule;

Communication Skills – ability to interact with customers, supervisors and colleagues, as well as the ability to work both independently and in a team environment, and perform all required coordination and the required record keeping;

Computer Skills - possess computer literacy and have the ability to become proficient in the Maximo CMMS Software System;

After-Hour Emergency Response – able to respond to after normal business hour emergencies and incidents as needed, and on short notice;

Essential Personnel – able to function in an essential personnel role which may include an extended on-campus presence, as defined in the University’s Core Essential Policy.

Physcial Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • stand or walk for 2 - 4 hours at one time for 13-14 hours per day;

  • sit for less than 2 hours during a 13/14-hour day;

  • operate motor vehicles or heavy equipment (e.g., forklift, high reach, cherry picker) occasionally (less than 33% of the workday);

  • lift or carry up to 35 pounds frequently (34- 66% of the workday) and 75 pounds occasionally (less than 33% of the workday);

  • lift up to 75 pounds to waist height and up to 35 pounds in a range of motions from floor to overhead;

  • frequently use hands for simple grasping, fine manipulation, pushing or pulling (34- 66% of the workday);

  • occasionally squat, kneel, bend, lie down, crawl, knee stand, push or pull with forces up to 75 pounds (less than 33% of the work day);

  • frequently climb stairs or ladders, reach overhead, push or pull with forces up to 35 pounds; (34 - 66% of the work day);

  • work outdoors in a variety of temperatures and environmental conditions;

  • possess the ability to work at heights, physical agility and full range of motion, and the ability to maintain balance.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW


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