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Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers Print

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.

Work Activities
  • 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.
  • Conduct research on fire retardants and the fire safety of materials and devices.
  • Attend workshops, seminars, or conferences to present or obtain information regarding fire prevention and protection.
  • Evaluate fire department performance and the laws and regulations affecting fire prevention or fire safety.
Skills
  • 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.

  • Complex Problem Solving

    Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

WorkKeys®
Applied Mathematics
7
Reading for Information
5
Locating Information
5
Abilities
  • Problem Sensitivity

    The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

  • Deductive Reasoning

    The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

  • Inductive Reasoning

    The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Knowledge
  • 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.

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Pay
  • Ohio Annual Salary $86,170/yr
  • Typical Salary
  • Ohio Hourly Wage $41.43/hr
  • Typical Hourly Wage
Ohio Employment Trends
  • Currently Employed 670
  • Yearly Projected Openings 20
Typical Education
Personality
Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
Tools
  • Tube furnaces
  • Laboratory box furnaces
  • Gas burners
  • Flow transmitters
  • Calorimeters
Technology
  • Word processing software
  • Project management software
  • Office suite software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Analytical or scientific software
Tags
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