Senior Fire Protection Engineer

Requisition ID: 274334 

  • Relocation Authorized: National - Family 
  • Telework Type: Part-Time Telework 
  • Work Location: Knoxville, TN 
  • Requisition Posting End Date: 02/02/2024 

Bechtel Summary

Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place. Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers’ objectives to create a lasting positive impact.


We serve the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; Mining & Metals, and the Manufacturing and Technology markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations.


Core to Bechtel is our values – ethics, safety, quality, people, culture, relationships, innovation and sustainability, and our covenants – integrity, respect, collaboration, trust, and delivery. They are what we believe, what customers can expect, and how we deliver.


Position Overview

This position is for a Senior Fire Protection Engineer who will work on various projects as part of the NS&E execution center team. The projects that will be assigned involve government work throughout various sectors, including DOD and DOE. The successful candidate must have strong organizational and teamwork skills, proven problem-solving skills, can-do attitude, and the desire to innovate designs.


In this position, the engineer will support design development of Fire Protection Systems and equipment for project(s) by evaluating, selecting, and applying applicable fire safety, techniques, procedures and criteria to originate reports, drawings, calculations, and more with applicable procedures, codes, standards, and contract requirements. The engineer will work with mechanical engineers, other disciplines/functions, and/or the client.


This role will be based in Knoxville, TN with periodic business travel, as required.



  • Support project needs for design, design review, commissioning, testing, code interpretations, and walk downs at project locations, as required.
  • Independently apply the principles of fire safety in the development of structures, systems, and components.
  • Support construction and operations.
  • Develop fire protection system acceptance protocols.
  • Interface with internal and external customers, as required, for the design, installation, and testing of Fire Protection Systems.
  • Support the development of the fire protection components of the authorization basis documents and other safety submittals.
  • Interface with other disciplines to provide direction, feedback, and validation of engineering and design efforts.
  • Perform Fire Protection reviews to determine compliance with applicable NFPA orders, building codes, and other client requirements.
  • Provide technical guidance in the development of fire protection equivalencies to NFPA codes and standards.
  • Provide technical guidance in the review of engineering analyses and engineering judgements for alternative fire barrier systems, opening protectives, and penetration firestops.
  • Support the alignment of the fire protection systems design and installation with the requirements identified in the upper tier requirements in the Authorization Basis Documents, the facility Fire Hazards Analysis documents, and the Engineering Basis of Design documents.
  • Lead the development and maintenance of the fire hazards analysis utilizing recognized fire protection industry approaches, methodologies, calculations, and analysis including advanced fire modeling


Qualifications and Skills

Basic Qualifications

  • Level One - BS degree in Fire Protection (or related) Engineering from an accredited university or college with nine (9) years of progressive related experience, or in lieu of degree, fifteen (15) years of progressive related experience.
  • Level Two - BS degree in Fire Protection (or related) Engineering from an accredited university or college with thirteen (13) years of progressive related experience, or in lieu of degree, nineteen (19) years of progressive related experience.
  • Must be able to complete a pre-employment drug screen and background check.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen. 


Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be able to demonstrate knowledge of the fire, life safety, and building codes – including UL and Fm standards.
  • Must be familiar with commercial risk management and fire protection protocol.
  • Experience with Microsoft office programs and other computer programs.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, planning, and organizational skills.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Bechtel Corporate guides and standards.
  • Prior experience working in an execution center environment and demonstrated flexibility in work assignments.
  • MS degree in Fire Protection (or related) Engineering from an accredited university or college.
  • Experience working with procedures meeting quality assurance programs such as ASME-NQA-1, MIL-Q-9858A, or ISO-9000.
  • Previous Bechtel and/or DOD or DOE project experience.
  • Registered Fire Protection Engineer in the USA (Professional Engineer).
  • Possess an active security clearance or have the ability to obtain one upon hire.


Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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