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Life Safety Technician, Facilities

Job ID: 26160

Updated: June 23, 2022

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Overview

The Life Safety Systems Department within Facilities is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Life Safety Technician.

The Life Safety Systems Department is responsible for the primary life safety systems: fire alarm control panels on the campus-wide control network. The systems typically include detection, communication and signaling devices, sprinklers, preaction systems, deluge systems, standpipe fire fighting systems, fire pumps, fire hydrants, fire hoses, fire extinguishers, chemical fire suppression systems (halon, inergen, CO), kitchen fire suppression systems (dry and wet chemical), hazardous fume and gas detection systems, building emergency control devices as well as other peripherals.

This position reports to the Life Safety Systems Supervisor. The normal shift is 7 hours per day, five days per week, usually Monday to Friday, however, transfer to other shifts, with notice, is a possibility. Overtime may be required and the incumbent might be expected to be on standby. Callouts to the campus can be expected during emergencies.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Ensuring that all Life Safety Systems are operational at all times, as down time is not acceptable.
  • Maintaining and operating all building safety systems and related equipment campus wide.
  • Proper design, installation, verification, maintenance and operation of Life Safety systems including sprinklers, fire alarms, fire standpipes, fire pumps, fire hydrants, fire hoses, fire extinguishers, kitchen hood suppression systems, special hazards suppression systems and hazardous gas detection systems on campus along with associated University controlled buildings.
  • Design and implementation of: programming, inspection, verification, calibration, modification, troubleshooting, repair and documentation of all life safety systems on campus, as well as identification and immediate correction of Life Safety concerns within the University.
  • Orientation, coordination, and mentoring of contractors ensuring that all related code requirements are met, verification and approval of work done by contractors and University personnel working on life safety systems; computer programming of Life Safety Systems
  • Coordination and overseeing of work done by various contractors and specialists who may be working on campus systems due to insurance requirements or on projects such as renovations or new construction.
  • Giving advice to representatives of system manufacturers, suppliers and contractors who are generally here with little knowledge of the systems on campus and university protocols and procedures.
  • Running diagnostics on systems using laptops; inspection, testing and verification of systems
  • Troubleshooting and repair of systems
  • Attending planning meetings
  • Ensuring codes and University procedures and standards are adhered to
  • Reviewing and approval of plans and blue prints for new installations and retrofits
  • Training of campus personnel and the University of Calgary projects teams on system operations and effect
  • Responding to emergencies on campus to direct personnel and ascertain problems.
  • Supply of technical information, advice, guidance and/or training to University departments such as Safety, Security, Facilities Management and Development, Risk Management, engineers, manufacturers, suppliers and contractors is required.
  • Ensuring compliance with NFPA Standards, Alberta Building Code, Electrical Code and University of Calgary established standards, policies and procedures.
  • Acting as the U of C representative for fire alarm verifications and approvals.
  • Life Safety Systems personnel contribute knowledge and experience in the areas of various electronic systems on campus as well as back-up support for the building management system.
  • Communication with customers, contractors, suppliers and trade staff to successfully complete tasks.
  • Completion of computerized records related to work is also required

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Must have an Alberta Journeyman Electrical Certificate with Red Seal, Masters perferred.
  • Must have CFAA  - Canadian Fire Alarm Association certification or equivalent
  • Several years experience in troubleshooting, repair, testing and programming of complex fire protection systems.
  • Electronic Technician or Technologist Certification with fire alarm ticket, sprinkler certification is an asset.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills as interaction with a diverse group such as engineers, faculty, fire inspectors, fire fighters, safety inspectors, management, planning and projects groups, as well as various campus departments is expected.
  • Good working knowledge of current Canadian Electrical Code, current Alberta Building and Fire Codes and pertinent NFPA Standards is required.
  • Must have expertise in of computerized fire alarms, sprinkler systems, chemical suppression systems and gas detection systems.
  • Must be able to analyze information and make decisions in stressful situations.
  • Must be able to understand and analyze complex electrical and electronic circuit diagrams as well as building plans and specifications.
  • Must be able to perform physically demanding work, and be able to work on ladders at various heights.
  • Must have good manual dexterity, must be able to distinguish colors and have the ability to do exact work, as consequence of error would result in unsafe conditions for University occupants.
  • Must hold a valid minimum Class 5 Alberta License with less than 7 demerit points.  Learners, probationary, graduated license, or motorcycle/moped only license will not be acceptable.  Drivers abstract will be requested.

Application Deadline:  July 7, 2022

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase 2.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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