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All About Fire-Prevention Engineers

Job Description: 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.

List of Fire-Prevention Engineer Job Duties

  • Direct the purchase, modification, installation, maintenance, and operation of fire protection systems.
  • Advise architects, builders, and other construction personnel on fire prevention equipment and techniques and on fire code and standard interpretation and compliance.
  • Design fire detection equipment, alarm systems, and fire extinguishing devices and systems.
  • Evaluate fire department performance and the laws and regulations affecting fire prevention or fire safety.
  • Consult with authorities to discuss safety regulations and to recommend changes as necessary.
  • Determine causes of fires and ways in which they could have been prevented.

Fire-Prevention Engineer Skills

When polled, Fire-Prevention Engineers say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

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.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Types of Fire-Prevention Engineer

  • Engineer
  • Design Director
  • Fire Prevention Research Engineer
  • Fire Protection Engineer
  • Chief Engineer

Job Demand for Fire-Prevention Engineers

In the United States, there were 25,900 jobs for Fire-Prevention Engineer in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.5% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 2,200 new jobs for Fire-Prevention Engineer by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 1,900 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Fire-Prevention Engineer are North Dakota, Utah, and Nevada. Watch out if you plan on working in Alaska, Wyoming, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Fire-Prevention Engineer Make?

The typical yearly salary for Fire-Prevention Engineers is somewhere between $53,170 and $142,970.

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Fire-Prevention Engineers who work in District of Columbia, New Mexico, or Delaware, make the highest salaries.

How much do Fire-Prevention Engineers make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $97,260
Alaska $83,460
Arizona $74,580
Arkansas $78,030
California $107,290
Colorado $103,940
Connecticut $99,350
Delaware $107,040
District of Columbia $118,890
Florida $80,170
Georgia $78,780
Hawaii $82,190
Idaho $95,430
Illinois $88,320
Indiana $88,220
Iowa $75,400
Kansas $86,210
Kentucky $85,560
Louisiana $89,190
Maine $79,700
Maryland $96,670
Massachusetts $99,090
Michigan $88,980
Minnesota $93,150
Mississippi $67,720
Missouri $92,890
Montana $76,080
Nebraska $85,490
Nevada $102,030
New Hampshire $87,960
New Jersey $106,080
New Mexico $116,350
New York $95,530
North Carolina $78,570
North Dakota $73,820
Ohio $92,710
Oklahoma $94,550
Oregon $86,700
Pennsylvania $107,950
Rhode Island $84,120
South Carolina $80,980
South Dakota $70,120
Tennessee $83,960
Texas $104,580
Utah $80,070
Vermont $83,770
Virginia $96,810
Washington $99,180
West Virginia $78,490
Wisconsin $67,360

What Tools do Fire-Prevention Engineers Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Fire-Prevention Engineers may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Word processing software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Project
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Bentley Microstation
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Data acquisition software
  • Finite element method FEM software
  • ANSYS
  • Computational fluid dynamics CFD software
  • Human modeling software
  • Mean time to failure MTTF software

How to Become a Fire-Prevention Engineer

Education needed to be a Fire-Prevention Engineer:

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Fire-Prevention Engineers Are Employed

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Below are examples of industries where Fire-Prevention Engineers work:

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Those who work as a Fire-Prevention Engineer sometimes switch careers to one of these choices:

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Image Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia Goosic via Public Domain

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