Fire Protection Engineer

Requisition ID:  259225

Requisition Posting End Date: 02/02/2023

Project Overview:

This position is long-term, direct employment while working as a Fire Protection Engineer supporting the design, construction, and commissioning of Bechtel projects. The position will serve in the Engineering Services group. You will be preparing FHAs, change packages, technical reports and supporting studies, sizing fire protection equipment and piping, performing hydraulic calculations, and performing calculations using engineering software. The ideal candidate will have solid experience in process and fire protection system design and will be capable of developing FHA design documents that incorporate the applicable design requirements, including nuclear safety requirements. You will be interfacing and coordinating with other engineering disciplines and the client in the development of the design. The ideal candidate will be familiar with International Building and Fire Codes and NFPA codes and standards, and be capable of providing consultation services to various Bechtel projects on these codes and standards.


Position Summary:

  • Executes assignments in Fire Protection Engineering within the government services business unit (Engineering Services).
  • Has technical responsibility for interpreting, organizing, and coordinating Fire Protection issues.
  • Support the development and maintenance of the FHA program for the facilities utilizing recognized fire protection industry approaches, methodologies, calculations, and analyses, including advanced fire modeling.
  • Support project needs for design, design review, installation, commissioning, code interpretations, and walk downs at the facility as needed to support project deadlines. Independently apply the principles of fire safety in the development and maintenance of the FHA program.
  • Support Construction and Operations on an as needed basis.
  • Interface with internal and external customers, as required, for the design, installation, and testing of the passive and active fire protection systems and components.
  • Support Department of Energy (DOE) or other external regulatory agency reviews of the fire protection aspects of the design and installation on the project.
  • Interface with multidiscipline design teams to provide direction, feedback, and validation of engineering and design efforts.
  • Perform Fire Protection reviews to determine compliance with applicable DOE orders, NFPA standards, model building codes, and FM standards.
  • Provide technical guidance in the development of fire protection interpretations and equivalencies to the regulatory standards, building code, and the NFPA codes and standards.
  • Support the fire protection subcontracts with the installation of fire sprinkler and fire detection and alarm systems.
  • Provide technical guidance in the origination and review of engineering analyses and engineering judgments for alternative fire protection arrangements, fire barrier systems, opening protectives, and penetration firestops.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Grade 25 - BS degree in Engineering from an accredited university or college, with 6 years of related experience. Must have or be able to obtain PE certification within 1 year of hire.
  • Grade 26 - BS degree in Engineering from an accredited university or college, with 9 years of related experience. Must have or be able to obtain PE certification within 1 year of hire.
  • Must be a United States citizen.   


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be able to complete a pre-employment drug screen, physical (if located at the construction site), and background check.
  • Must be able to demonstrate knowledge of the fire, life safety, and building codes – including NFPA, UL and FM standards.
  • Must be familiar with commercial risk management and fire protection protocol.
  • Must be able to travel to project jobsite.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Registered Fire Protection Engineer (Professional Engineers License).
  • BS or MS degree in fire protection engineering from an accredited university or college, with 10 years of related experience.
  • Experience as a fire protection engineer at a major commercial, industrial, or nuclear facility with a strong background in fire suppression and fire alarm system design.
  • Experience working on DOE or DOD government projects, including experience with DOE fire safety requirements (e.g., DOE STD-1066, DOE Order 420.1).
  • Experience working on nuclear power plant projects, including experience with US NRC regulations and regulatory guidance (e.g., Reg Guide 1.189).
  • Experience with fire modeling using Consolidated Model of Fire and Smoke Transport (CFAST).
  • Experience in chemical process facilities, codes and standards for hazardous materials, and safety regulatory compliance.

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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