Fire prevention engineers apply the principles of science and engineering to the identification of fire risk and the prevention of the destructive effects of fire and smoke. They often inspect buildings or even homes to determine how to limit the risk of fire and whether there are adequate paths to escape in the event a fire breaks out. Some fire prevention engineers have a high school diploma and two or more years of experience in the field. However the website httpcareers.stateuniversity.com contends that most have a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering and have either taken courses or have on-the-job training in fire protection. Fire protection workers are employed by architects and builders who want to design structures that are in compliance with fire codes. Some work for industries that process or work with materials that may be flammable. Others work for insurance companies and are called upon to inspect buildings and advise as to the risk of fire so that the company can set its rate. Fire prevention engineers also work for companies that manufacture equipment that fights and prevents fires. They may design the equipment or install and service it for customers who have purchased it. Some work for the government but a number of fire protection engineers work as independent consultants. Some fire prevention professionals are certified by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. In some states fire prevention engineers must have a license which can be obtained by earning a degree from an approved program completing four years of work experience and passing a professional engineering licensing exam. According to the website httpwww1.salary.com the median annual salary fire prevention engineers earn is approximately $51200. However website httpcareers.stateuniversity.com reports that the median salary for those with college degrees in engineering is between $80000 and $100000.
|Education Required:||Bachelor's Degree|
|Tasks:||Reduces the danger of a fire occurring.
Plans changes in older building to help prevent fires.
Identifies risks of fires.
Educates the public by providing information on fire prevention.
|Also Called:||Fire Prevention Research Engineer
Loss Prevention Research Engineer
Fire Safety Engineer
Fire Safety Inspector