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Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers - 17-2111.02

O*NET-SOC 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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Consulting Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Fire Protection Consultant
  • Fire Protection Engineer (FP Engineer)
  • Licensed Fire Protection Engineer

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others on health and safety issues.
  • Coordinate safety or regulatory compliance activities.
  • Determine causes of operational problems or failures.
  • Direct equipment maintenance or repair activities.
  • Direct installation activities.
  • Inspect facilities or sites to determine if they meet specifications or standards.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
  • Prepare technical or operational reports.
  • Teach safety standards or environmental compliance methods.
  • Update technical knowledge.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aviation Safety Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Expeditionary Airfield Systems Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ground Safety Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ground Safety Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Weapons Safety Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Fire-Prevention Research Engineer
  • Fire-Protection Engineer