Alarm Technician

Website Multnomah County--Facilities and Property Management Division

Do you have a State of Oregon Electrician, Limited Energy Technician, Class A (LEA) license? Are you an experienced Fire Detection, Alarm or Access Control Technician, who has worked with commercial fire alarms, access control and security systems? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you to join Multnomah County’s Department of County Assets (DCA) Facilities and Property Management Division (FPM) as an Alarm Technician.

The Facilities and Property Management Division comprises a broad spectrum of services ensuring Multnomah County’s 160 buildings are operating as designed and meeting the requirements of county programs and operations. You will be joining the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) team which is responsible for operations, services, and projects that are regulated by multiple federal, state and local laws, codes, and regulations.

In this position, you will be the go-to-person to perform standard tasks independently for a wide variety of limited energy systems and work in collaboration with other trade teams, contractors, and clients to identify improvements and resolve systems problems.

Essential Job Duties: 

  • Design, layout, install, repair, program and upgrade electronic systems and equipment in accordance with regulations, codes, and the needs of the facility. These systems include:  A) fire detection, B) intrusion detection, C) access control including employee photo identification, and D) other low-voltage systems, such as nurse/jury call systems and duress (panic) alarms.
  • Perform fire alarm inspection, testing and maintenance in accordance with NFPA Chapter 14.
  • Create and maintain tracking databases for Countywide alarm system users including remote monitoring and employee photo identification.
  • Study and interpret blueprints and specifications.
  • Keep accurate records, provide reports of work performed, and document system design and any changes for future work and services.
  • Drive a County vehicle during work hours.

The County understands that if you have verifiable technician work experience, programming experience, design capabilities, and repair experience in one of the major areas listed above (A, B or C), other systems experience can be gained after you come to work at Multnomah County.

Operationally Essential Position: Employees who have been designated as operationally essential (“Essential”) are required to report for duty regardless of facility closure or curtailment of some or all County operations.

Benefits: Multnomah County offers an exceptional benefits package, including employer-funded retirement savings; health, vision and dental insurance at very low cost to full-time employees and their dependents; paid parental leave; wellness programs; a focus on work-life balance; paid holidays; optional overtime; shift flexibility; life insurance; long term disability insurance; TriMet pass; and a employee assistance program.

They also offer designated shift options in the current IBEW labor contract, generous paid time-off, sick leave, no mandatory OT unless there is a major event, potential to drive a County vehicle home, and the possibility of working a hybrid telework schedule. Additionally, effective July 1, 2024, all regular status IBEW represented positions will be eligible to receive a one-time retention incentive of $2,000! 

Find more details on our website. This position falls under the employee group: IBEW.

To Qualify
We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant.

Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills:

  • Completion of the 12th grade or equivalent education and one (1) to four (4) years of experience at the journey level working with commercial fire alarm, access control, or security systems including the design, programming, repair, and testing of such systems.
  • Requires a State of Oregon Electrician, Limited Energy Technician, Class A (LEA) License.
  • This position requires a valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to pass multiple criminal history records checks, including OSP CJIS and ORCHARDS, should a job offer be extended.

Preferred Qualifications/Transferable Skills: You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.

  • Experience in servicing electronic equipment.
  • Electronic-related coursework in basic electronics.
  • National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) certification.
  • Experience in large, complex, integrated building systems, such as Notifier, Kantech, and DSC.
  • Advanced troubleshooting and high-level programming experience.

Screening and Evaluation
The Application Packet: 

  • A completed online application. 
  • A resume covering relevant experience and education. Please be sure your resume includes the following for each employer: name of employer, location, dates of employment, your title, a brief summary of your responsibilities, and the number of employees under your supervision.
  • A cover letter detailing how your experience and training qualifies you for this role, addresses why you are interested in this position, and demonstrates how your experience and skill set align with the minimum and preferred qualifications listed.

Note: The application, resume and cover letter should demonstrate your work experience/skills and how they relate to those shown in the Overview, Essential Job Functions and To Qualify sections of the job announcement. Please be thorough, as these materials will be scored to determine your eligibility for an interview.

The Selection Process: For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page. We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows:

  • Initial review of minimum qualifications: We may do an additional preferred review and/or send out additional supplemental questions to identify those highest qualified.
  • Technical knowledge and hands-on skills check: This check occurs in-person and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.
  • Consideration of top candidates: We will consider qualified candidates in order of rank and score from the list of eligible candidates. This may include panel interview(s), a hiring interview, and/or additional testing to determine the best candidates for a position.
  • Reference check: All finalists must pass a thorough reference check.

Additional Information:
This recruitment may be used to fill full-time, part-time, temporary, limited duration and on-call positions.

Type of Position:  This hourly union-represented position is eligible for overtime pay.
Location:  401 N Dixon St. Portland, OR 97227
Schedule:  Monday through Friday, 6am-2:30pm. There is flexibility with the start and end times, possibility of working 4/10s and a hybrid telework schedule.

Our Commitment to Safety, Trust and Belonging: Multnomah County is committed to developing, nurturing and continually improving workforce equity by identifying and addressing the structural and policy barriers to equal employment opportunity faced by our employees and communities. County employees across the organization have stepped forward to develop a strategic plan and help create a workplace where everyone can reach their full potential. Learn more by reading our Workforce Equity Strategic Plan and exploring our Core Competencies for all County employees.

Serving the Public, Even During Disasters: 
Everyday, Multnomah County staff work together to serve as a safety net for our communities. During a disaster, this safety net becomes even more critical. All County employees have a role in serving the public during inclement weather, natural disaster, or other types of community emergency response. During these emergency responses, while typically there begins with a call for volunteers, county employees may ultimately be reassigned from their current position to a role in the emergency response in order to support the critical needs presented by our communities. For more information, please visit the Disaster Service Worker Information page.

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