Job Opening: Fire Protection Engineer IV

Job Opening: Fire Protection Engineer IV

Do you excel in an environment that values exploration and discovery? We have a universe of opportunities waiting for you!

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is NASA’s lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system. Our core competency is the end-to-end implementation of unprecedented robotic space missions to study Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe.

JPL, located in Pasadena, California, has a casual, campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.

JPL’s Occupational Safety Program Office (OSPO) is committed to ensuring safety across the Laboratory through identification and management of health and safety risks for all areas of JPL while maintaining operational effectiveness. OSPO is responsible for all areas of occupational health and safety which include the following areas: construction safety, industrial hygiene and health, hazardous materials, and health physics (ionizing and non-ionizing radiation) safety programs.  The OSPO establishes and maintains an environment that promotes a culture of safe-working practices across the organization, promotes collaboration, flexibility, and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential while also ensuring employee awareness and compliance with Laboratory policies, procedures, practices, and regulatory requirements.

The Fire Protection Engineer works under the supervision and authority of the Fire Protection and Life Safety Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) and, under the direction of the AHJ, is responsible for administering decisions concerning fire and life safety compliance issues.  Identify, assess, and mitigate risk to personnel, mission critical structures and flight hardware.  Provides determination, application, execution of fire codes and referenced codes/standards in collaboration with other technical experts on Lab and the AHJ.  Develop policies and procedures relating to fire code/standard.  Provide coordination with JPL institutional organizations, NASA and other agencies and external organizations on fire and life safety issues.  Provide advice, insight, analysis, and risk assessment of the designs, activities, and operations. Review, evaluate hazard analysis and render opinion on performance-based design applicable to fire prevention and fire protection scenarios. Participate in all phases of design and construction, from conception to completion, providing continual feedback to Facilities engineer and project customers related to ensuring a completed project meeting code requirements.

Required Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 9 years of related experience; Master’s degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 7 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 5 years related experience.  A minimum of 5 years’ experience in the field of fire protection engineering.
  • Holds a valid Professional Engineering License in Fire Protection Engineering or equal engineering discipline.
  • An active, licensed professional fire protection engineer.
  • Working knowledge of State of California Building, Mechanical, and Fire Codes.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  Works well in team environment as lead or team member.

Desired Skills:

  • Recognized expert in Fire Protection and Life Safety community with extensive experience in assessing, developing, and implementing effective fire and life safety programs.
  • Strong experience in applying principles of fire suppression, building egress, hazardous materials storage, etc. to the design and construction of buildings.
  • Strong experience in reviewing design blueprints to ensure compliance with applicable fire/building codes.
  • Strong experience and knowledge in the following areas: Fire Protection Engineering, hydraulics, loss control, risk analysis, chemistry, codes (both prescriptive and performance design).

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please apply online at the following link: (Job ID 2017-7889).  JPL/Caltech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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