Fire protection engineers are commonly found in companies that specialize in work such as architecture, engineering, construction, or environmental issues. This position requires at least a bachelor's degree in engineering, though some companies require a degree in a specific discipline such as chemical engineering or fire protection. Many also require NICET III certifications and/or experience with guidelines such as the National Fire Protection Code (NFPA). As many as 10 years of previous relevant experience may be common as well, although entry-level positions exist.
Duties performed by fire protection engineers include performing risk analysis and checking for fire hazards, developing fire protection strategies that can be used for various facilities, consulting on technical requirements for code adherence, and preparing and maintaining fire safety systems. It is also necessary to work with other engineers and management to report all issues and fix any potential problems. In some cases, they also lead training for other employees.
Work is typically done in an indoor environment, though warehouses and storage facilities may have extreme temperatures. Other hazards may be present depending on the company, but typical safety guidelines should ensure safety. Work hours are typically during regular business hours.
Fire Protection Engineer Tasks
Design fire detection and elimination equipment and procedures
Stay current on fire protection understanding through professional literature and conferences.
Act as fire protection expert for governmental authorities and policy makers.
Document and communicate fire protection issues with building and maintenance professionals.