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Alarms Electronics Technician/Sr. Electronics Technician

Not Applicable | Full-time
Business Operations | livermore, CA | 09/08/2023

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range
$39 - $49 Hourly for the 531.2 level
$47 - $58 Hourly for the 531.3 level 
Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have an opening for an Alarms Electronics Technician/Sr. Electronics Technician.  You will provide advanced technical support to functions in the maintenance, design, modify, test, repair, programming and installation of fire alarms and emergency voice alarm systems in support of Fire and Alarms Life Safety Systems and Infrastructure. You will solve complex technical problems and exercise regular decision making using established trouble shooting techniques, guidelines, and procedures. This position is in the Emergency Management Department (EMD) within the Infrastructure & Operations (I&O) Directorate and will require working at Site 200 in Livermore, California and Site 300 in Tracy, California.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

You will 

  • Maintain, modify, install, program, and repair specialized Life Safety Systems and computer-controlled interfaces, specialized detection systems, including fire alarm and fan control panels, fire suppression systems, emergency and general use voice systems, criticality alarms systems and refrigerant/oxygen monitors.
  • Utilize multimeter, digital scopes, analyzers, frequency meters and other testing equipment to identify and resolve moderately complex technical issues.
  • Set up and operate intricate systems and electronic equipment, such as fire alarm and emergency voice paging systems, refrigerant monitors, data gathering panels in support of the repair and maintenance of LLNL’s Life Safety Systems and Infrastructure Systems in accordance with approved procedures.
  • Interpret specifications from complex Fire and Emergency Voice alarm blueprints, diagrams, specifications, software and systems programs, schematics, and operation/product manuals.
  • Review, interpret, write, and document Fire and Emergency Voice alarm test results to identify and resolve complex technical problems, report results, and/or recommend solutions.
  • Evaluate test procedures, determine circuit requirements, and develop applications software.
  • Assist in the Fire and Emergency Voice alarm design controls, engineering planning and decision process; interact with personnel of all levels.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the 531.3 level 

  • Provide advanced technical support demonstrating complex understanding of electronics and application while employing sophisticated test equipment and troubleshooting methods.
  • Develop and author procedures, manuals, and qualifications, planning, organizing, and leading complete projects of limited scope.
  • Lead, train, or mentor colleagues. 


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Associate degree in electronics, computer maintenance, electro-optic or equivalent combination of related technology education and relevant work experience.
  • Intermediate skills and technical understanding and knowledge of Fire Alarm and Emergency Voice alarm analog and digital electronics technology with Fire and Emergency Voice alarm electronic controls and interlocks.
  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret Fire Alarm, Emergency Voice alarm and other related or unrelated alarm sub systems blueprints and electronic schematics, diagrams, specifications, and software and systems programs operation/product manuals.
  • Intermediate skills and experience using multi-meters and other electronic test equipment associated with testing and troubleshooting electronic circuits.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex technical electronics data to resolve complex technical problems.
  • General organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy, and follow through including written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with all levels of management, technical, and administrative personnel.  
  • Experience using personal computers and related software, such as Fire and Alarms micro-controller, Programmable Logic Controller (PLCs), Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, overtime, and shift or weekends in all buildings and areas of Site 200 and 300 to accomplish goals. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds, medically qualified to wear protective equipment, and ability to work in confined spaces.

Additional qualifications at the 531.3 level

  • Advanced skills and technical understanding and knowledge of Fire Alarm and Emergency Voice alarm analog and digital electronics technology with Fire and Emergency Voice alarm electronic controls and interlocks.
  • Interpret codes and standards to provide technical recommendations.
  • Contribute strategically by providing regular formalized reporting.
  • Regular decision making and problem-solving responsibilities; establish or modify guidelines, techniques, and procedures; establish appropriate work methods and set priorities.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience performing preventative and corrective maintenance on electronic systems.
  • Possession of a NICET Certification.
  • Possession of a CA Fire Life Safety Card.
  • Knowledge of fire sprinkler systems, fire suppression systems, and NFPA codes.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Site 300

Site 300 is an experimental test site operated by LLNL.  Situated on 7,000 acres in rural foothills approximately six miles southwest of downtown Tracy and 15 miles southeast of Livermore, Site 300 hosts approximately 200 employees with expertise in such fields as engineering, chemistry, biology, and environmental restoration. Employees assigned to work at Site 300 may be exposed to the organism that causes San Joaquin Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis).

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

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