Placer County

Fire Application Technician (#11736)

$34.16-$42.66 Hourly / $5,921.07-$7,394.40 Monthly / $71,052.80-$88,732.80 Yearly


To configure intelligent electronic fire/life safety software and hardware systems; to perform diagnostic testing and inspection of such systems; and to perform final, on-site inspection and testing of fire/life safety systems installation/operation at County facilities.


Receives direction from assigned supervisory personnel.

Exercises technical and functional supervision over less experienced technical staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Configure electronic fire/life safety software and hardware systems as related to County facilities and capital improvement projects.
  • Identify and assess fire/life safety conditions and/or emergency needs of County facilities.
  • Review plans and requirements for County buildings relative to fire safety devices; name and identify devices and map locations within a facility.
  • Identify the range of available fire/life safety devices for detection, system integration, notification/emergency response and guided egress; determine the purpose and number of devices involved in a system.
  • Prepare programmable logic statements to address each variable of circumstances to create functionality in software applications; design logic statements using logic such as and, or, not, only, anyx to create logic argument.
  • Work with contractors, consultants, and vendors in planning, design, and installation of cabling runs, panels, and system boards to create a centralized monitoring system.
  • Perform diagnostic testing and inspection of fire/life safety systems.
  • Perform final on-site inspections and testing of systems installed at County facilities.
  • Ensure compliance with code requirements related to emergency conditions/situations.
  • Monitor and analyze integrated systems applications.
  • Test file data and review for data corruption in files and back-up data; prepare thorough and complete system documentation.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Three years of responsible fire/life safety software and hardware systems design review and implementation experience.

Training: Equivalent to an Associate's degree from an accredited college with major course work in electronics, computer science or a related field. 

Required License or Certificate:

  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain by end of probationary period, an electronic life/fire systems certificate issued by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain by end of  probationary period, a fire alarm servicing certificate issued by the National Fire Protection Association.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain by end of probationary period, life safety system factory certificate as determined by the Department.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of computer software and hardware uses and applications.
  • Principles and practices of intelligent fire/life safety systems, including detection/suppression engineered systems and related detection/activation devices.
  • Practices and methods of plan check review and on-site inspection; mathematical calculations related to review of system design.
  • Pertinent local, State, and Federal statutes, regulations and laws.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles and practices of good customer service.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.

Ability to:

  • Configure intelligent electronic fire/life safety software and hardware systems.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job.  Intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe fire/life safety configuration activities and problem solve when appropriate; understand, interpret and explain Department policies and procedures; adapt to new and complex computer software.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk or computer station; intermittently walk, stand or bend while performing on-site inspections; twist and reach office equipment, write and use keyboard to communicate through written means; and regularly lift weight of 10 pounds or less.
  • Create complex, nested logic statements.
  • Perform hardware repairs and upgrades by replacing chips and logic boards.
  • Troubleshoot hardware and software problems; upload/download data bases.
  • Read and interpret building plans and diagrams, especially as related to fire/life safety systems design, installation, and maintenance.
  • Work independently and as a cooperative, contributing member of a team.
  • Organize and manage multiple priorities and perform a variety of work assignments.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups, customers, co-workers and supervisors in a respectful, tactful and effective manner.
  • Operate a personal computer in an on-line processing environment, and utilize relevant software application programs and databases.
  • Obtain information through interviews and dialogue; work fairly and courteously with the public; work effectively with interruption.
  • Communicate effectively and concisely in writing and speaking.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and fellow employees of the County.

CLASS: 11736; EST: 10/1/2007; REV: ;