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Fire Electrician

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Facilities Management
Campus Services


Job Summary

Facilities Maintenance Operations (FMO) offers building & landscape maintenance, and custodial services to Harvard faculties and departments on a fee-for-service basis. All services are provided in strict accordance with customer-determined standards. As such, FMO operates as an in-house alternative to contractor services and therefore must manage itself under the same principles that guide any successful maintenance service business.

Position Description
  • Installs, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs building life-safety equipment and systems, including fire alarm systems, centralized emergency lighting systems and remote central station monitoring equipment. 
  • Performs all installation, maintenance, inspection and testing in accordance with applicable standards and requirements of the National Fire Protection Association, Life Safety Code (Massachusetts State Building Code) and/or established compliance requirements of the Authority Having Jurisdiction. 
  • Interprets and updates mechanical plans, drawings and prints as necessary. 
  • Required to assist in the inspection and testing of other fire safety systems including fire alarms, emergency generators, extinguishers and suppression systems, fire escapes, and hydrants. 
  • Performs other core skills of the trades and related duties as required. 
  • Must observe and comply with all standard safety codes and practices and perform work in accordance with recognized trade and University standards. 
  • Assists and advises customers on progress / status of work and provides responsive and effective customer support in all phases of FSS and building maintenance operations.
  • May be assigned to work independently or as part of a multi-trade team under the guidance and direction of the FSS Supervisor, and/or Working Foreperson. 
  • May be assigned to perform any or all aspects of the FMO fire electrician position.
Basic Qualifications
  • Massachusetts Journeyman or Master Electrician license for minimum period of five years.
  • Valid State driver's license and driving history satisfactory to meet Campus Services standards.
  • Minimum five years experience installing and maintaining high and low voltage systems with recent experience in the installation, operation, and repair of all types of building fire alarm systems centralized battery-powered lighting systems, emergency generators, remote central station fire alarm monitoring equipment, and associated devices.
Additional Qualifications and Skills

Additional Qualifications:

  • Must have experience and proficiency in the use of industry-recognized diagnostic testing equipment. 
  • Must be able to perform mathematical calculations required to accurately size and install system components and devices. 
  • Must be able to read and interpret detailed plans, drawings, specifications, operating manuals and other written materials associated with this trade. 
  • Must be able to effectively communicate and interact with peers and customers.

Technology Skills Required: 

  • Demonstrated proficiency in desktop and smartphone technology platforms and applications. 
  • Familiarity with equipment diagnostics, bar-coding, and related technologies desired.

Special Requirements:

  • Required to supply a complete set of hand tools.
  • Required to wear a clean, neat uniform and maintain a professional image at all times.
  • Required to wear safety equipment and clothing when appropriate and/or required.
  • Must be willing to work in research laboratory environments and around hazardous materials.
  • Must be willing to accept a reasonable amount of overtime in support of group business needs.
Certificates and Licenses
  • Massachusetts Journeyman or Master Electrician license 
  • Valid State driver's license
Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to stoop and bend repeatedly and work on hands and knees and other awkward positions for extended periods. 
  • Must be able to lift up a minimum of 50 lbs. and to push, pull and transport piping and equipment in excess of 200 lbs. with others (may use chain falls and come alongs for heavier lifting). 
  • Must be able to routinely walk to and from various buildings or work sites carrying tools, equipment and other essentials. 
  • Must be able to work alone, in confined spaces and extreme temperatures, climb multiple sets of stairs, work off ladders, staging, lifts or other elevated platforms.
Additional Information

Emergency Status Designation: Critical Operations Personnel

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Work Format Details
This position is based primarily on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may include in-person during emergency situations (if applicable). Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. Certain visa types may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off
  • Health and Welfare
  • Work/Life and Wellness
  • Retirement
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement.
  • Professional Development
  • Commuting and Transportation
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks
Job Function

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
258002 Fire Electrician

Work Format

Energy & Facilities

Salary Grade

FMO - Fire Safety Services

41 - Int Br Electrical Wkrs Loc 103

Hourly Rate and/or Rate Range

Time Status

Pre-Employment Screening
Criminal, DMV, Drug Testing, Employment, Identity, License/Cert.

Sunday: OFF
Monday: OFF
Tuesday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Thursday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Friday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am - 3:00pm

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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