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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: X0026 / Fire Systems Inspection Tech
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 10

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under direct supervision, participates with the fire safety program monitoring and controlling safety, health and environmental standards in accordance with state and federal codes and regulations. Performs facility inspections for compliance with university policies, procedures, regulations, and standards to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Reports non-compliance or hazardous conditions found. Assists fire suppression and fire extinguisher contractors when they come to campus.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Advises the University community regarding safety protocols and procedures to ensure regulatory compliance as mandated by local, state, and federal agencies, including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
  2. Conducts periodic routine inspections of University facilities, including branch campus and other off-campus facilities, for compliance with NFPA and general safety standards; reports on non-compliance or hazardous conditions found.
  3. Develops emergency evacuation plans for building occupants and instructs building manager on fire safety measures and procedures to prevent fires.
  4. Develops and maintains detailed manual and/or automated records, to include locations and inspections of potentially hazardous areas.
  5. Develops and submits recommendations to senior personnel, both internal and external to the unit, to maintain compliance with local, state, and federal fire safety regulations.
  6. Inspects the work of contractors engaged in the installation and/or modification of fire suppression systems.
  7. Reviews construction blueprints to evaluate the proper installation of all types of fire protection and life safety systems.
  8. Evaluates, collects, prepares, and inventories fire suppression system components.
  9. Keeps abreast of changes in State, NPFA, OSHA, and other relevant safety codes and regulations, as applicable.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 3 years of directly related experience as a sprinkler fitter or in the fire service. Certifications/Licensure Fire Inspector Standard Level I certification (obtainable at the New Mexico Fire Academy).
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Skill in performing safety inspections on fire suppression systems, and ensuring compliance with NFPA, OSHA, and other related safety standards.
  • Knowledge of current technological developments/trends in area of expertise.
  • Ability to observe, access, and record work and safety standards.
  • Ability to detect problems and report information to appropriate personnel.
  • Ability to read and interpret blue prints and shop drawings related to fire suppression systems.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Knowledge of automatic fire sprinkler systems, wet/dry chemical systems, and halon (or alternate) suppression systems.
  • Skill in developing fire evacuation plans, fire safety procedures, inspection practices, and protocols.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to contractors, clients, and non-technical personnel.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Ability to relate technical data and NFPA standards, and to oversee contractor work related to fire suppression systems
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local fire regulations and protocols.
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
  • Ability to provide operational guidance and leadership to technical staff in area of specialty.
  • Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
  • Knowledge of emergency and hazard response procedures and protocols.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) direct communication with university employees and contractors on compliance with various federal, state, and local fire safety and related regulations; b) maintenance of comprehensive computerized and/or manual records; c) participation in specialized training programs; d) preparation of routine to intermediately complex reports and documents, and preparation of remedial recommendations.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Successful candidate must submit to a pre-placement medical clearance through Employee Occupational Health Services.
  • Must maintain certification status.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Ability to work under various environmental conditions.
  • Considerable physical effort. Requires heavy lifting, handling, pushing, or moving objects up to 50 lbs. Must be able to climb and work from ladders up to 36 feet. Constant standing/walking.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017