Fire & Safety Engineering Technology

Fire Safety Engineering is the application of science and engineering principles to protect people and their environments from the destructive effects of fire and smoke. Fire Safety engineers identify risks and design safeguards that aid in preventing, controlling, and mitigating the effects of fires. They assist architects, building owners and developers in evaluating buildings' life safety and property protection goals.

Sample Occupations

  • Safety Manager
  • OSHA Compliance Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • Loss Control Supervisor
  • Fire Investigator
  • Fire Marshal
  • Fire & Building Code Enforcement Officer
  • Firefighter
  • Fire Chief
  • Environmental & Safety Officer
  • Insurance Risk Evaluator
  • Arson Investigator

Types of Employers

  • Insurance Agencies
  • Government
  • County Fire Departments
  • Federal Fire Departments
  • State Safety Programs
  • Construction Companies
  • Commercial Real Estate Firms

Preparing for your career in

Seek out an internship or co-op to meet employer demand for entry-level employees with experience, join a student professional organization to keep abreast of trends in the field and network, plan to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam to increase employability, develop the ability to describe complex technical concepts in easy to understand terms

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