The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
Fire Prevention Engineer
|Overview:||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.|
|Duties:||They determine what building construction materials and equipment should be used to assure fire resistant structures.
They perform technical experiments and studies to assess fire resistance properties of specific construction materials. They specify how to treat materials to make them more fire resistant.
Recommend what kinds of fire detection and alarm systems are needed to protect different types of dwellings, commercial buildings, factories, hotels, etc.
Design fire sprinkler systems for buildings that are triggered when fire detection systems sense fire caused fumes, smoke or heat.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Engineering Science
A.S./B.S. QCC/John Jay Dual/Joint Sciences for Forensics
|Job Outlook:||Employment of fire prevention engineer is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018 as population growth leads to new construction requiring fire prevention safety design.|
|Education Level:||Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.|
|Additional Training/Education:||A bachelor's degree from an accredited engineering program with a concentration in materials science and construction engineering is the usual requirement for this occupation. Most states require certification by passing a written examination.|
|Advancement Info:||Beginning engineering graduates usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers and, in large companies, also may receive formal classroom or seminar-type training. As new engineers gain knowledge and experience, they are assigned more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions. Engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a staff or team of engineers and technicians. Some may eventually become engineering managers or enter other managerial or sales jobs.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.