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Company: Oakland Unified School District
Location: Oakland, CA
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education



BASIC FUNCTION:  Under the direction of assigned supervisor, perform technical work in the repair and maintenance of a wide variety of District equipment, including but not limited to, fire and intrusion alarm systems, access control, low voltage controls; perform periodic testing of fire and intrusion systems according to State Fire Marshall requirements and applicable City and County codes.  


REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES: (Incumbents may perform any combination of the essential functions shown below. This position description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, knowledge, or abilities associated with this classification, but is intended to reflect the principal job elements accurately.)



  • Layout, install and service fire and evacuation, burglar alarm.
  • Perform specialized technical work in the repair, adjustment, replacement, modification and routine maintenance to fire and intrusion systems, alarm systems, and other equipment; perform preventive maintenance as assigned.
  • Evaluate, repair and maintain equipment including fire and intrusion alarm systems and related components; perform periodic testing of fire and intrusion systems according to State Fire Marshall requirements and applicable City and County codes.
  • Provide technical support to remodels, additions and deferred maintenance projects; test and install electronic systems in offices, classrooms and portables; assure compliance to State, County and District laws, rules and regulations.
  • Monitor the fire and security system work of outside contractors to ensure that the projects are satisfactory completed and within local, state, federal and District codes, regulations and specifications.  
  • Estimate cost and time for major upgrades, repairs and installation of equipment and systems; provide testing of sample equipment proposed for purchase; make recommendations related to the purchase of new systems.
  • Interpret and work from blueprints, sketches, plans and specifications to determine the efficient installation of new or upgraded systems; conduct plan review for new and remodel projects.
  • Provide technical assistance to District personnel, staff and others in the use of equipment and systems; inspect and test equipment to determine source and feasibility of repair.
  • Operate and maintain a variety of specialized tools and test equipment related to alarm repair work.
  • Contact support company to assist in troubleshooting problems connected to the system.
  • Maintain appropriate parts inventory; order, prepare requisitions or requests for parts and supplies. 
  • Maintain related records as required.
  • Drive a light truck; transport a variety of tools, equipment and supplies to ensure the availability of materials required at job site.
  • Attend and participate in approved meetings, conferences and seminars to maintain current knowledge of advances in the field.
  • Respond to emergency after-hour calls as assigned.
  • Coordinate and work with personnel from other areas to complete assignments.
  • Perform related duties as assigned. 



TRAINING, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Any combination equivalent to: graduation from high school supplemented by college-level course work or vocational training in alarm equipment repair and five years experience in the repair and maintenance of fire, intrusion and communications systems using a variety of electronic test equipment. 

Simplex, Grinnell, Bosch and Fire Lite Certification a plus



  • Must possess (or possess within 6 months of employment) a valid California Division of Apprenticeship Fire/Life Safety Technician Certification or pass the California Division of Apprenticeship Fire/Life Safety Technician exam. 
  • California State Certification for dry chemical testing and recharging as required by the Title 19 Safety Code.
  • California State Marshal Certification of Registration
  • Valid California Driver's license with no restrictions which would preclude driving on the job is a continuous requirement 
  • Employment eligibility will include fingerprints, tuberculosis and/or other employment clearance





  • Applicable federal, state, and District codes, regulations, policies and procedures governing work scope
  • Electronic and electrical theory, principles and practices
  • Working knowledge and/or experience with Simplex Fire Systems 
  • Working knowledge and/or experience with Bosch Fire and Intrusion Systems 
  • Working knowledge and/or experience with Notifier, Fire Lite and Grinnell Fire Systems (preferred)
  • Fire detection and intrusion alarm systems
  • Safety methods, practices, rules and regulations related to the trade
  • Methods, tools and procedures used in the operation, repair and maintenance of electronic equipment including fire and intrusion and communications systems
  • Methods and procedures for storing equipment, materials and supplies
  • Safety practices and precautions
  • Proper lifting techniques
  • Basic record-keeping techniques
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy
  • Diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of District students
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  • Computer software, hardware, and related technology



  • Locate sources of problems by using a variety of test equipment 
  • Repair, maintain and troubleshoot a variety of equipment including fire and intrusion 
  • Order parts and supplies and maintain inventory
  • Maintain records and files
  • Schedule and perform work to meet established time lines
  • Work independently with minimal supervision
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with others
  • Communicate effectively with others
  • Work from blueprints, sketches or other drawings
  • Observe legal and defensive driving practices
  • Maintain current knowledge of technological advances in the field
  • Maintain work pace appropriate to given workload
  • Organize priorities and work under limited supervision
  • Speak, read and write English at a level required for satisfactory job performance
  • Use a breathing respirator as needed
  • Maintain consistent, punctual and regular attendance
  • See to distinguish colors
  • Operate personal computer, related software, and other office equipment




Indoor and outdoor setting; school and central office sites; working around machinery with moving parts; construction areas; exposure to electrical power supply; driving a vehicle to conduct work; fast-paced work; constant interruptions; Climb ladders and work from heights; emergency call out.  



Strength and energy sufficient to maintain a rigorous work schedule involving driving and/or continuous, heavy physical exertion; hearing and speaking to exchange information; seeing to perform assigned duties; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate tools and equipment; kneeling, bending at the waist, and reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally, to make repairs; lifting heavy objects.  



The Oakland Unified School District does not discriminate in any program, activity, or in employment on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, gender, sex, or sexual orientation.

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