Experienced Fire Protection Engineer

Wiss Janney Elstner Associates   •  

Shelton, CT

8 - 10 years

Posted 242 days ago

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Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) is a global firm of engineers, architects, and materials scientists committed to helping solve, repair, and avoid problems in the built world. Since 1956, our appliedexperience from more than 125,000 projects and our state-of-the-art laboratory and testing facilities have made WJE a leader in providing innovative yet practical solutions to the clients we serve.

Our Fire Protection practice is seeking engineers with experience in fire hazards analysis; life safety evaluations; fire loss mitigation through proper design, construction, arrangement, and protection of buildings; materials, assemblies and systems selection; industrial processes review; fire detection, notification, suppression, and communication systems design; due diligence surveys; and post-loss investigation and analysis.

WJE is seeking highly talented, experienced Fire Protection Engineers in our New York and New Haven offices, and nationally,who want to:

  • Be part of a growing practice
  • Work in an environment of open communication, continued learning, innovative thinking, and collaboration
  • Be measured against the highest standards of technical excellence
  • Be mentored by the industry’s most accomplished experts
  • Work for an independent, employee-owned, and employee-managed firm
  • Relish the opportunity to solve our clients’ fire protection and life safety objectives and challenges.

The senior fire protection engineer has Project Manager responsibilities including: client relationship maintenance, project team management, project safety, and client deliverables.  Ideal candidates should be well-rounded professionals who are experienced engineers,  knowledgeable about fire protection, life safety and building codes, able to tackle complex assignments; build a client base; lead project teams; and manage and deliver client work.  Our staff are active in industry organizations; actively mentor junior staff; and, participate in office and company development initiatives.


  • Degreed in a related field with seven to fifteen years of relevant experience and expertise in fire protection and/or code consulting
  • Professionally licensed appropriately for area of expertise
  • Strong regional experience and established clients
  • An interest in solving problems with new and existing structures
  • Experience managing a range of projects
  • Strong technical, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office and fire and egress modeling
  • Ability to work in the field
  • Ability to travel outside local area, depending on local work load and project locations
  • Active in professional organizations

 Typical Functions

  • Serves as the primary client contact for projects
  • As a Project Manager, establish scope, budgets and schedule for projects
  • Manages project teams
  • Maintains day-to-day contact with clients and resolves client issues
  • Reviews work product of team members
  • Performs complex calculations and analyses of fire protection systems and/or building code issues. Conducts technical research and provides documentation of alternative methods and equivalencies. Researches historical background of structure, technical issues, and code issues
  • Conducts key client visits to promote business development and customer relations
  • Invoices client and follows up on outstanding accounts
  • Mentors junior staff
  • Identifies corrective measures, including design solutions
  • Prepares drawings, specifications, and other project deliverables. 
  • Conducts on-site inspection/investigation including survey and documentation of distress, field testing, sampling, photographing, and sketching
  • Analyzes research and investigation data and develops alternate schemes for solving problems
  • Monitors and/or conducts laboratory testing
  • Attends field meetings and prepare site observation reports
  • Participates in professional organizations, authors papers, attends conferences, and performs work on technical committees

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This position requires visual acuity and listening ability. Individuals must have the dexterity to be able to operate office and field equipment such as computer, printer, fax, copier, telephone, voice mail system, and other office and field equipment. 

Requirements may also include:

  • Ability to attend meetings at various office, field and construction sites
  • Ability to perform inspections of buildings and other structures, both visually and with instruments
  • Ability to lift and carry materials and equipment up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to perform work in the temperature extremes presented by work in the outdoors
  • Ability to read construction drawings, diagrams, printed materials and computer screens
  • Ability to record data clearly and write passages for reports, letters, etc.
  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to safely work at heights
  • Ability to safely use and/or operate ladders, scaffolds, lifts and other access equipment
  • Ability to understand and appreciate safety training specific to numerous workplace and construction hazards
  • Ability to safely work in a variety of occupationally hazardous locations
  • Medically fit to utilize respiratory protection devices and other forms of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Ability to drive and safely operate a motor vehicle