Research causes of fires, determine fire protection methods, and design or recommend materials or equipment such as structural components or fire-detection equipment to assist organizations in safeguarding life and property against fire, explosion, and related hazards.
- Chief Engineer
- Consulting Engineer
- Design Director
- Fire Prevention Research Engineer
- Fire Protection Engineer
- Fire Protection Engineer and Code Consultant (FP Engineer and Code Consultant)
- Lead Fire Protection Engineer
- Loss Control Manager
- Senior Engineer
- Advise architects, builders, and other construction personnel on fire prevention equipment and techniques, and on fire code and standard interpretation and compliance.
- Inspect buildings or building designs to determine fire protection system requirements and potential problems in areas such as water supplies, exit locations, and construction materials.
- Design fire detection equipment, alarm systems, and fire extinguishing devices and systems.
- Prepare and write reports detailing specific fire prevention and protection issues, such as work performed, revised codes or standards, and proposed review schedules.
- Determine causes of fires and ways in which they could have been prevented.
- Direct the purchase, modification, installation, maintenance, and operation of fire protection systems.
- Develop plans for the prevention of destruction by fire, wind, and water.
- Consult with authorities to discuss safety regulations and to recommend changes as necessary.
- Study the relationships between ignition sources and materials to determine how fires start.
- Develop training materials and conduct training sessions on fire protection.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IRE.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Realistic and Enterprising environments.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.
- Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
- Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
- Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
In 2017, the average annual wage in Ohio was $89,890 with most people making between $57,570 and $124,230
During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 670 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 710 employed in 2024.
This occupation will have about 4 openings due to growth and about 16 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.
- Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $82,980
- Nonresidential Building Construction $71,620
- Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $79,480
- Utility System Construction $69,020
- Scientific Research and Development Services $91,400
- Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities $84,790
This occupation requires a Platinum certificate