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Fire Protection Systems Engineer

Princeton University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Mar 20, 2023

Job Details

Fire Protection Systems Engineer


Job ID: 2023-16669
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Facilities Management and Physical Plant

Princeton University


Provides the Laboratory support for inspection, testing, maintenance, assessments, concept creation, design, problem resolution and customer and subcontractor support for project implementation for the campus Fire Protection systems.

A proud U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory managed by Princeton University, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a longstanding leader in the science and innovation behind the development of fusion energy — a clean, safe, and virtually limitless energy source. With an eye on the future and in response to national priorities, PPPL also has begun a strategic shift from a singular focus on fusion energy to a multi-focus approach that includes microelectronics, quantum information science, and sustainability science. Whether it be through science, engineering, technology or professional services, every team member has an opportunity to make their mark on our world. PPPL aims to attract and support people with a rich variety of backgrounds, interests, experiences, and cultural viewpoints. We are committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility and believe that each member of our team contributes to our scientific mission in their own unique way. Come join us!


Core Duties:

  • In-depth knowledge of NFPA (such as, but not limited to NFPA 10, 13, 25, 70, 72, 80, 101, and 2000), OSHA Subpart L and certain other sections. Support for the Laboratory Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for those NFPA codes. Provides fire protection expertise for project development, assistance with design and design review on projects assigned to subcontractors.

  • System Engineer for all fire alarm detection, notification and suppression systems. Responsible to keep appraised of system status, to organize and oversee the completion of the inspection and testing (I&T) program. Responsible for the creation and maintenance of procedures used in the I&T program and for instructing and assisting the technician staff in their completion, as needed. Responsible to maintain system documentation and to review sign off on all work orders for fire systems after completion. Coordinate’s subcontractor service agreements.

  • Serves as project engineer for any modifications or replacements to fire systems. Coordinate’s requirements, prepares statements of work, holds design reviews, serves as technical representative for subcontractors, prepares installation procedures, witnesses acceptance tests and assures documentation is accurate and filed appropriately.

  • Authors scope of work for fire detection and protection designs based on preliminary reviews and meetings. Develops design concepts; prepares documents during in house design development phase. Corrects and updates design documents. Develops solutions to design problems. Prepare engineering studies and schematic design for new systems and analyze operation of existing systems. Uses computer aided design technologies to develop sketches, drawings and in house construction documents. Review’s drawings and documents to assure compliance with the Laboratory standards. Works with equipment suppliers/vendors to obtain the necessary information needed for design completion. Interacts with clients regularly to secure scope and design intent. Ensure acceptable levels of quality and checks for coordination of work to assure documents reflect design intent and necessary coordination. Coordinate all aspects of project document completion within the Laboratory and externally with subcontractors. Coordinates design work with related engineering disciplines. Attend job and construction meetings and participate in the coordination of the work.

  • Must be able to respond to after normal business hour emergencies and incidents involving fire suppression systems as needed, and on short notice. Must be able to function in an essential personnel role, which may include an extended on-campus presence during emergencies in which the technical skillset may be of required in maintaining life safety systems.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering or a related degree.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • A minimum of 5 years of engineering practice, three of which are in responsible charge of diverse fire protection engineering projects.
  • Responsibility for fire detection and suppression systems.
  • Have previous experience working for an Architectural and Engineering firm (A&E).
  • Be proficient in the use of computer for design and understand CAD operations.
  • Must have knowledge of all aspects of fire protection systems including Sprinkler Design, Wet/Dry/Pre-Action, and detection / notification systems.
  • Must be able to produce calculations for the above systems.
  • Has a demonstrated ability to manage projects, problem solve, communicate effectively to all key personnel, and manage time effectively.
Certificates and Licenses:

  • Candidate for New Jersey Professional Engineer certification in Fire Protection with a status of at least "Engineer in Training".
Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs. and climb ladders.
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.



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