Coordinator: Nelson Dunston
The role of a fire protection engineer is to safeguard life and property from the devastating effects of fire and explosions by applying sound, multi-disciplined engineering principles to the fire protection problem. Through a combination of engineering and fire science courses, students learn how to design, construct, and install fire protection systems that prevent or minimize potential losses from fire, water, smoke, or explosions.
Graduates of the fire protection engineering program are qualified to design, evaluate, or test systems responsible for the reduction of fire losses. Students are also prepared to analyze the fire protection defenses of various structures and operations and recommend cost-effective methods of improving the level of protection that is provided.
Careers in this field may be in the private or the public sector. Government, insurance companies, industry, manufacturers, and consultants are prospective employers of fire protection engineers.
- Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
- Solve real-world fire protection engineering problems within budgetary and time constraints.
- Create a code-based justification for their solution(s) based on findings to the Authority Having Jurisdiction.
- Communicate effectively, both written and orally.
- Evaluate fire prevention strategies and methods of fire control and extinguishment.
- Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints. such as economic, environmental, health and saftey, and manufacturability.