Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers
SOC: 17-2111.02


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
25,200 employed

Projected (2024):
26,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Chief Engineer
  • Consulting Engineer
  • Design Director
  • Engineer
  • 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
  • Senior Fire Protection Engineer

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Design fire detection equipment, alarm systems, and fire extinguishing devices and systems.
  • 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.
  • Advise architects, builders, and other construction personnel on fire prevention equipment and techniques, and on fire code and standard interpretation and compliance.
  • 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.
  • Consult with authorities to discuss safety regulations and to recommend changes as necessary.
  • Develop plans for the prevention of destruction by fire, wind, and water.
  • Study the relationships between ignition sources and materials to determine how fires start.
  • Attend workshops, seminars, or conferences to present or obtain information regarding fire prevention and protection.
  • Develop training materials and conduct training sessions on fire protection.
  • Evaluate fire department performance and the laws and regulations affecting fire prevention or fire safety.
  • Conduct research on fire retardants and the fire safety of materials and devices.
  • Prepare and write reports detailing specific fire prevention and protection issues, such as work performed, revised codes or standards, and proposed review schedules.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Collection hoods
  • Cone calorimeters
  • Counter-flow slot burners CSB
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Flame spread testers
  • Flammability testers
  • Floor-ceiling furnaces
  • Flow tunnels
  • Furniture calorimeters
  • Heat flux transducers
  • Heat sinks
  • Helium-neon lasers
  • Horizontal furnaces
  • Intermediate scale calorimeters
  • Load cells
  • Mass flow controllers
  • Methane burners
  • Notebook computers
  • Optical filters
  • Orifice-plate flowmeters
  • Oxygen analyzers
  • Oxygen depletion calorimeters
  • Oxygen meters
  • Photoelectric cells
  • Propane diffusion flame burners
  • Radiant heaters
  • Room calorimeters
  • Sampling probes
  • Silica-carbide fiber sensors
  • Silicon photodiodes
  • Smoke density testers
  • Steiner tunnel furnaces
  • Thermocouples
  • Tube furnaces
  • Wall panel furnaces
  • A Large Outdoor Fire plume Trajectory model Flat Terrain ALOFT-FT software
  • Analysis of Smoke Control Systems ASCOS software
  • ANSYS software
  • Atria smoke management engineering tools ASMET software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Available Safe Egress Time ASET software
  • Bentley Microstation
  • Berkeley Algorithm for Breaking Window Glass in a Compartment Fire BREAK1 software
  • Building Research Establishment BRE Jasmine
  • CESARE Risk software
  • Computational Dynamics STAR-CD
  • Computational fluid dynamics CFD software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Consolidated compartment fire model CCFM software
  • Consolidated fire and smoke transport model CFAST
  • Crows Dynamics Simulex
  • Data acquisition software
  • Detector Actuation Quasi Steady DETACT-QS
  • Egress Allsafe
  • Egress EVACS
  • Egress EXITT
  • Elevator evacuation ELVAC software
  • Evacuation modeling software
  • Finite element method FEM software
  • Fire dynamics simulators
  • Fire Protection Engineering Tools FPETool software
  • Fire Response of Structures Thermal FIRES-T software
  • Fire Simulation Technique FIRST software
  • FIRECALC fire zone modeling software
  • Fluent FloWizard
  • Human modeling software
  • Interconsult Brann G-JET
  • JET
  • Large eddy simulation LES software
  • Link actuated vents LAVENT software
  • Load-bearing analysis software
  • Mean time to failure MTTF software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Word
  • Network flow modeling software
  • Simulation of fires in enclosures SOFIE software
  • Zone modeling software

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980