Fire Equipment Technician D

Aug 29, 2022
Sep 28, 2022
Full Time

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or possession of general equivalency diploma (GED)


Twelve (12) months following the achievement of a particular grade level (i.e. Grades D, C, B, A and AA), an incumbent may be advanced to the next grade level provided he/she has taken and passed any required written or practical tests, acquired any required certifications and has met acceptable fitness for duty, work record and job performance requirements.
  • Level D
    • A minimum of two (2) years' experience performing inspection, testing, installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of fire suppression systems and other related fire/life safety (FLS) equipment.

  • Commercial Driver's License (CDL) or the ability to acuire one within (3) three months of hire.
  • A valid motor vehicle operator's license issued from jurisdiction of residence
  • Roadway Worker (RWP) Level 2 certificate or the ability to acquire certification within three (3) months of hire
  • Confined Space Training certificate or the ability to acquire certification within three (3) months of hire
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid Certificates or the ability to acquire certification within three (3) months of hire

Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Mission Essential Designation:
  • In accordance with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) this job has been identified as critical to mission essential functions. Incumbents in this role may be required to report to or continue to work in the event of authorized office closings or service suspensions due to severe weather, natural disaster, fire, operational emergencies or related events.


The Fire Equipment Technician is responsible for performing skilled and technical fire protection equipment maintenance work of a complex nature. This includes responsibility for the inspection, testing, installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of fire suppression systems and other related fire/life safety (FLS) equipment. Work related to this role must be performed according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes, as well as Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) safety standards.

Job Levels: At each successive grade level of this job (i.e. Grades D, C, B, A and AA), the incumbent is expected to demonstrate increased, distinguishing levels of proficiency and efficiency in knowledge, skills and abilities when performing the assigned duties and essential functions described in this job description

Essential Functions
  • Conducts required inspections of the Authority's FLS equipment which is installed in rail stations, bus and rail yards and support facilities. Inspects, tests and maintains wet and dry sprinkler and standpipe systems, deluge systems, pre-action systems, fire pumps, and clean agent systems (FM 200). Ensures the designated equipment is operable according to NFPA standards.
  • Performs routine inspections in rail tunnel shafts to ensure emergency exit lights and signs, exit doors, exit hatches, fire department connections comply with NFPA codes.
  • Inspects emergency tunnel evacuation carts (ETECs) according to WMATA standards and procedures.
  • Maintains an adequate stock of charged fire extinguishers for replacement purposes. Inspects, tests and maintains fire extinguishers as required by NFPA code. Replaces faulty extinguishers with serviceable units from stock and installs fire extinguishers in new and existing facilities as required.
  • Completes the required forms, tags, and other required documentation that describes completed maintenance work. Prepares parts requisitions for the supervisor's approval, to ensure equipment, systems and associated mechanical devices are maintained.
  • Supports response efforts in emergencies by providing immediate maintenance to protect people and assets. Responds to and provides assistance during severe weather emergencies, to ensure safety requirements are met/exceeded.

Other Functions
  • Attends required safety training classes and continuously learns industry best practices for working safely and efficiently. Performs assignments according to established industry best practices and WMATA's safety requirements.

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.