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Fire Protection Engineer (Worker Safety & Health Professional)


Job Description

Job ID: 307514
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

– This position provides for the development and implementation of 1) Laboratory-wide programs for fire protection; 2) deployment within the Laboratory of fire protection and life safety code requirements; 3) maintenance of technical bases for facility operating boundaries for chemicals; 4) fire protection support for research activities and projects; and 5) fire and explosion hazards analysis, risk assessment, and mitigation.
– The job scope includes evaluation and interpretation of regulations to ensure the technical aspects/content the PNNL fire protection program meets the intent of local, state, and federal requirements and provides senior-level fire protection support to research and facility staff on fire safety issues associated with projects.
– Monitors potential hazards and assists in developing and implementing control strategies.
– Periodically reviews the organization's health and safety standards in accordance with OSHA and state regulations and contractual requirements.
– Responsible for evaluating and approving material and equipment requisition, new and modified processes and non-routine work.
– Provides leadership to less experienced professionals through work assignments and mentoring and acts as a Team Lead or technical expert on projects.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Minimum Qualifications

– Bachelor's degree and 15+ years of relevant experience. Advanced degree and 13+ years of relevant experience.
– Professional engineer’s license in fire protection.
– Unescorted access to Limited Areas (LA) will be required to conduct the duties contained within this role. Due to the requirement of accessing sensitive areas, this position will require U.S. citizenship.

Preferred Qualifications

– Master's degree in Science/Engineering with fire protection engineering experience.
– Commercial and/or DOE nuclear facility fire protection engineering experience.
– Progressively responsible fire protection engineering experience with a proven ability to work with fire safety and regulatory issues.
– Experience in:
o interpretation and application of local, state, and federal requirements and regulations associated with fire protection and life safety code;
o performance of technical design reviews to support design, modification, and construction activities;
o performance of fire hazard and/or risk analysis;
o design of fire alarm and fire suppression systems;
o testing and maintenance of fire alarm/suppression systems and knowledge of manual firefighting activities;
o performance of building fire assessments; and
o development of management system programs to implement hazard and risk control methodologies associated with fire protection.
– Strong written and verbal communication skills.
– Demonstrated ability to work with external regulatory authorities.
– Proven ability to work independently as well as being a strong team member.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307514
Directorate: Operational Systems Directorate (OSD)
Division: Worker Safety and Health
Group: Safety Engineering