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Fire Detection Technician
Job ID #: 12428 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Misc./Trades Division: Chief Operating Officer
Position Type: Regular Education Required: High School Diploma
Experience Required: 5+ years Relocation Provided: No

As a matter of corporate policy, all JSA employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All successful hires will be required to provide COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination.

Position Posted: March 6, 2022
Salary Range: $56,700 - $77,100 (TD II)
Work Location Type: Dedicated On-site (100% working on-site)

What Your Job Will Be Like:

The Fire Detection Technician is responsible for the organization and quality of moderately complex work relative to the inspection, testing, and maintenance (IT&M) and minor system modifications of the installed fire detection and alarm systems and flammable gas detection systems located throughout Jefferson Lab facilities. This individual works under minimal supervision and is expected to plan their work for short and intermediate durations.

Your Role Will:

  • Inspect, test, and maintain (IT&M) installed fire detection and alarm systems and flammable gas detection systems located throughout Jefferson Lab facilities, conducting minor system modifications as required. The maintenance component of this role is high volume and involves extensive, hands-on field work in a fast-paced environment.
    • The primary activity is field service work related to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) required Inspection Testing & Maintenance (IT&M) of fire alarm systems. Field service work includes troubleshooting of the systems. Jefferson Lab employs a variety of fire detection technologies to protect the business and industrial occupancies of the approximate 163-acre site.
    • Conducts field work to accomplish minor alarm and detection system modifications under the direction of the Fire Protection Engineer.
    • Conducts field work to assist Jefferson Lab security technician, electricians, HVAC mechanics and general maintenance employees to accomplish Preventive Maintenance (PM) service
  • Utilize Jefferson Lab work planning tools to schedule and coordinate planned inspections and tests and record completed inspections and test data using computer-based data recording mechanisms.
  • Schedule and coordinate planned IT&M field work using computer-based work planning tools.
  • Partner closely and work effectively with the Fire Suppression Technician to ensure adherence to corrective and preventive maintenance schedule.
  • Accurately record completed work completed using computer-based data recording tools that will include, but is not limited to, Excel Workbooks, Access database and Maximo work orders.
  • Apply technical knowledge of each detection system which can be gained by reading the equipment manufacturers Operations and Maintenance manuals.
  • Identify and apply solutions to effectively resolve scheduling conflicts within the group

Qualifications We Require:

  • High School Diploma


  • 5 years relevant experience

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience performing multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to identify schedule conflicts within the group and provide solutions.

About Jefferson Lab

Join a community with a common purpose of solving the most challenging scientific and engineering problems of our time.  The Jefferson Lab campus is located in southeastern Virginia amidst a vibrant and growing technology community.

A career at Jefferson Lab is more than a job. You will be part of “big science” and work alongside top scientists and engineers from around the world unlocking the secrets of our visible universe.   Managed by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC; Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility is entering an exciting period of mission growth and is seeking new team members ready to apply their skills and passion to have an impact.  You could call it work, or you could call it a mission. We call it a challenge. We do things that will change the world.

Total Rewards at Jefferson Lab

At Jefferson Lab, we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans 
  • Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave) 
  • 401(k) Plan – 9% Lab Contribution; 100% vested 
  • Flexible Work Arrangements (Hybrid & Alternate Work Schedules available) 
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs 
  • Live near the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay region with access to nearby beaches, mountains, and all major metropolitan centers on the East Coast

• Ability to comprehend and follow instructions
• Ability to understand, remember, and communicate highly technical information and make decisions
• Ability to organize, prioritize and complete complex and varied tasks

• Ability to traverse across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas
• Ability to stoop, kneel, bend over and climb ladders and work at heights
• Ability to work in confined spaces
• Ability to stand and work for extended periods
• Ability to carry up to 40 lbs and lift 15 lbs above head frequently
• Ability to perceive temperatures and work in both hot and cold conditions.
• Ability to identify and distinguish colors
• Manual capability to pick, pinch, or otherwise work with fingers; seize, grasp, hold, turn, use hand tools and other equipment
• Visual capabilities sufficient to use computer workstations, read drawings and other documents and see safety alarms
• Auditory capabilities to hear safety alarms

Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (JSA) manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab). JSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status or on any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. As part of the JSA’s equal employment opportunity policy, we also take affirmative action as called for by applicable laws and Executive Orders to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.

JSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities (unless doing so will result in an undue hardship). If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (757) 269-7598 to provide the nature of your request. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Employment with JSA is conditional upon DOE approval if at any time during your employment you are participating in a Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Program or Affiliated activity. Generally, such programs/activities include any foreign-state-sponsored attempt to acquire U.S.-funded scientific research through programs run or funded by the government that target scientists, engineers, students, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs of all nationalities working or educated in the United States. This includes positions or appointments, both domestic and foreign, titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received and whether full-time, part-time or voluntary.

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