Fire Protection Engineer (Sprinklers)

Washington D.C
May 12, 2022
May 15, 2022
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is the third largest heavy rail transit system and sixth largest bus network in the U.S. WMATA's Mechanical engineering group (ENGA-Mech) is seeking to fill the position of a Fire Protection Engineer. This engineer will work to support the fire protection with inhouse designs, review of designs and construction projects for Metrorail, Bus, and Ancillary Facilities to ensure compliance with WMATA Design Criteria and Standards along with local codes and regulations. The Fire Protection engineer will also support construction activities including support to field oversight and construction staff along with support to the Office of Plant Maintenance (PLNT) when issues arise on existing systems. Candidates will have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, to ensure that internal and external stakeholders needs are clearly understood and addressed.

Minimum Qualifications :

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Protection or Fire Sciences Engineering. Seven (7) years of design experience, progressively responsible, comprehensive experience in the fire protection engineering field to include sprinkler design, fire detection, ventilation control, and engineering project management experience is required.

Or, an equivalent combination of twelve (12) years of experience and education in a related engineering field may be acceptable.


Professional Engineer (PE) required in one of the following jurisdictions: District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia.

Possession of a current District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia motor vehicle operator's license issued from jurisdiction of residence.

Medical Group:

Ability to satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this job. Must be able to perform the essential functions of this job either with or without reasonable accommodation(s).

Job Summary/Duties :

Supervises WMATA mechanical engineers, technicians and consultants in fire protection related assignments.

Coordinates and reviews drawings and specifications of fire protection systems to include sprinkler, deluge, clean agent, standpipe, pre-action, dry pipe, early suppression fast response, hydrants, fire pumps, fire dampers, smoke dampers, smoke evacuation management, fire stopping, smoke sensors, fire sensors, pull stations, alarm strobes, annunciator panels, safety, and related systems.

Oversees and confers with the General Engineering Consultants (GEC) and Project Engineers concerning modifications to fire protection systems. Provides technical direction to GEC personnel when problems requiring deviation from standard practices occur.

Develops or oversees the development of test procedures for fire protection systems. Reviews and checks principal calculations and assumption affecting the design and subsequent operation of fire protection systems required of WMATA'S transit operations.

Maintains continuous overview of the fire protection systems placed in WMATA's operations to determine the adequacy and effectiveness of fire protection engineering designs. Makes attempts to resolve actual and potential problems that develop.

Prepares or reviews feasibility studies, special reports and investigations on problems that have to do with fire protection and fire and life safety systems, their related user needs and requirements. Prepares cost estimates as required.

Stays abreast of state-of-the-art developments in the fire protection engineering field and applies those techniques and procedures to benefit WMATA's construction program and operations reconstruction work. Conducts periodic visits to field sites to provide advice and to conduct reviews.

Reviews fire protection equipment and system design criteria, developing new standards and guides as appropriate.

Performs other duties as assigned.
  • The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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