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Fire Protection Engineering Technician

Overview: Fire protection engineering technicians assist in the design of buildings and structures to assure resistance and protection from fire. They specify building materials and layouts that reduce fire hazards. They inspect burned buildings to determine fire causes.
Duties: Applies guidelines specified by engineers to the construction of buildings that are resistant to fire. Specifies construction materials and building layouts.

Inspects buildings to determine if construction and equipment such as electrical systems, heating systems, machinery, etc. satisfy fire codes and laws.

Examines burnt-out buildings to diagnose the cause of the fire and what steps should have been taken to avoid the fire.

Establishes whether building fires were caused by arson and whether they were violations of building construction and codes and laws.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of fire prevention engineering technician is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018 as population growth leads to new construction requiring fire prevention safety design.
Salary Range (National Average): $29,000 to $33,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: An associate degree in engineering technology and construction sciences is the usual educational requirement for an entry position in this occupation. Courses in architectural design, materials science and computer-aided design will strengthen your credentials.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.

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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.