Position title
Fire Protection Lead Engineer - Federal

The fire protection engineer is responsible for the successful execution of fire protection design on Federal government projects for both general AE projects and critical facilities.  Projects can be design-build or design-bid-build and new or renovation.  Utilizes knowledge and skill set to review, analyze, and provide solutions for fire suppression, fire detection, life safety, and alarm and mass notification systems. Collaborates with other disciplines and clients to provide coordinated construction documents.


•    Read and interpret construction documents, including drawings, specifications and contracts. Interpret and apply applicable NFPA Standards to the design/layout based on building type, hazard classification, architectural characteristics, etc.
•    Develop construction documents for fire suppression and alarm systems on new and existing facilities ensuring project compliance with applicable codes and standards.
•    Manage design teams to meet scope, schedule, budget and quality on complex government projects
•    Perform technical reviews of complex design documents including building construction, fire detection/alarm, fire suppression, standpipe, fire alarm, smoke control, water storage/distribution and alternative fire suppression systems to ensure that they conform to the applicable regulations, standards, and codes.
•    Review contractor shop drawings and submittals
•    Actively coordinate with all other internal/external team members on projects
•    Work with the Authority Having Jurisdiction, team, contractors and owners to create a safe working environment for the occupants while still completing the mission.
•    Perform field investigations of completed design to verify accuracy of design and perform/witness acceptance testing/commissioning
•    Provide presentations and training at events concerning updates to codes and regulations.


•    Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Architectural, or Fire Protection Engineering from an accredited program.
•    Minimum of 15 years previous experience in the fire protection industry
•    Responsible and self-motivated with ability to manage multiple projects at the same time
•    Good interpersonal and communication skills
•    US citizen
•    Must be able to complete the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.

Preferred design experience related to any of the following subject matters:
•    Federal industry experience
•    Familiarity with the Unified Facilities Criteria
•    European Code experience
•    Design Build Experience
•    Fire / smoke modeling
•    Fire protection degree
•    Knowledge of REVIT/AutoCAD / Autodesk products

Preferred Certifications
•    Fire Protection Engineer License
•    Security Clearance or ability to get one

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor's degree in engineering from either a recognized accredited program in their home country or the country in which the professional is practicing. Minimum of 8 years related work experience. All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.


Most positions - depending on the nature of work performed as defined by the division - will typically require incumbents to have professional registration or licensure in their designated home office country, or be in active pursuit* of such registration

Work Environment/Physical Demands

Typical Office environment.  Physical Demands: Sitting, talking, grasping, hearing, keyboard input, driving, seeing, writing, reaching, stooping, crouching, walking, standing for extended periods of time.


Communicates effectively
Directs work
Instills trust
Interpersonal savvy
Organizational savvy
Customer focus
Decision quality

Job Location
Arlington, VA
Date posted
October 25, 2021
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