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Fire Protection Engineer

Design and test ways to keep people and property safe in fires.

What does a Fire Protection Engineer do?

A job as a Fire Protection Engineer is exciting and challenging. When you’re a Fire Protection Engineer, not only do you design products and structural components that save lives, but you also study and understand the science behind blazing hot fires.

That understanding is pivotal to your job because, as a Fire Protection Engineer, you spend your days designing ways to keep buildings, animals, and people safe when a fire ignites. For example, you analyze and test flame-resistant materials for pajamas, furniture, and other household items.

In addition, you work to equip buildings with warning and safety features. To do this, you communicate with Architects and Engineers during the design phase of the project. Your input ensures that libraries, zoos, homes, ships, hotels, and hospitals incorporate sprinkler systems and smoke detectors.

You also analyze the designs of structural components that help combat a fire or explosion. You take into consideration natural disasters such as tornados, earthquakes, and hurricanes, and evaluate the impact such events may have on gas lines. Exits, door and window openings, and heating systems also garner your attention.

When you’re not consulting with other Engineers and Builders, you spend your time in the lab where you set up and perform tests on materials. Through trial and error, you identify safety features that can then be implemented on a larger scale. How cool is that?

When you were little, your parents may have warned you against playing with fire. But now, you spend your days igniting fires, all for the greater good.