Fire Protection Engineer

Woodlawn, Maryland
Jul 17, 2019
Jul 20, 2019
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time



Serves as SSA's technical authority on fire protection. Provides expertise and advice to headquarters and field facilities staff, upper management, office directors and other engineering disciplines, as well as State officials, employee organizations and other federal agencies.

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  • Provide advice concerning life and property loss hazards associated with a wide variety of occupancy situations including large-scale complex and hazardous operations.
  • Serves as the agency's investigator of fire incidents involving loss of life and/or property.
  • Directs and implements the agency's fire protection program; issues directives to formulate policy; establishes agency fire protection goals and objectives.
  • Represents the agency as a member of professional committees and boards, gives speeches or lectures and appears on panels dealing with fire safety matters and the application of Federal and national fire safety standards.
  • Makes field inspections of proposed projects to determine directive and design requirements, inspects projects under construction to determine adequacy of the design of fire protection features and to assure conformance to plans and specifications.
  • Reviews the fire protection features of plans, specifications and analyses of design as submitted by headquarters and regional staff for accuracy and technical competency and approves such plans, specifications and analyses.
  • Serves as a monitor for evaluating contract architect and engineering firms, contract fire safety consulting firms and contract fire safety maintenance firms.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Selective Service Registration, if applicable (
  • Background and/or security investigation required
  • Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results
  • Selectees may be required to serve a 1 year probationary period
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement
  • Work is generally sedentary, however, it includes frequent inspections and surveys of workplaces that involve some walking, standing, bending and climbing.
  • May be exposed to risks associated with fire hazards during inspections or surveys, especially when responding to actual fires.
  • Employee is required to wear safety shoes, safety glasses and protective clothing.


This position requires specialized experience IN ADDITION TO specific education as described below - you must meet both qualification requirements to eligible for this position.

A full explanation of these qualifications can be found at .

You must have at least 52 weeks of *Specialized Experience as described below. This experience must have been gained in a federal position at or above GS-12 OR (if your position/experience is in another federal payscale or outside of federal service) by performing duties at a level equivalent to those performed in a federal position at or above GS-12. This specialized experience must have provided you with the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the functions of this GS-0804-13 Fire Protection Engineer position.

*Specialized Experience should primarily consist of fire protection engineering, including experience in the design of fire protection systems; review of architectural layouts and fire protection systems for federal and/or nationally recognized fire safety codes and standard compliance; and Fire/Building Code consulting.

Duties should include providing input on the application of fire protection requirements for facilities; reviewing design and construction documents of architectural designs and fire protection systems for Fire/Building Code compliance; designing code-compliant fire protection systems; providing Fire/Building Code guidance to various space management and building management teams; proposing scopes of work to correct fire safety deficiencies; answering general fire safety questions; providing Fire/Building Code related training; conducting fire safety inspections; witnessing final acceptance testing of fire protection systems; assessing and predicting fire hazards or risks; mitigating fire damage by proper design, construction and arrangement of facilities; and researching, developing and testing fire protection technologies.

NOTE: Duties of this nature should be typical of your everyday work. Your performance of duties relevant to the specialized experience must be clearly and specifically described in your resume. Experience from participation in a special project or workgroup is not creditable unless that experience equals 52 weeks at the required grade level. If your experience is in a federal position, you must state the grade of that position in your resume.

ADDITIONALLY, you must demonstrate one of the following Educational Requirements and must support that claim with appropriate documentation.

Transcripts must clearly show your name, the name of the school, the program in which you were enrolled and your degree. NOTE: If your degree is based on the completion of specific courses as described below, you must highlight those courses on your transcript.

A. Engineering Degree -- to be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics or electronics. You must submit a transcript that supports this claim.


B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

1. Professional registration or licensure -- current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT) or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

2. Written Test -- evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.

3. Specified academic courses -- successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.

4. Related curriculum -- successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


As stated above, this position has an educational requirement that must be met by all applicants (in addition to the required specialized experience).

You must submit a transcript that demonstrates this education and/or other documents that support a combination of education and experience.

Unofficial transcripts or screenshots of electronic/web transcripts will be accepted for application purposes, but original transcripts may be required if you are selected for this position. Transcripts (copies included) must show your name, the name of the educational institution and the degree you earned. If you are claiming specific credits (option A(2) or option B), highlight the relevant courses on your transcript.

Foreign Education: If your transcripts show education completed in foreign colleges or universities, you must also provide documentation that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in a conventional/accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

Additional information

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See .


This position is eligible for telework consideration.

The selectee may be approved for telework after the initial probationary period has been served if all conditions for telework are met.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Additional selections may be made for this vacancy six months from the closing date of this announcement.

See Conditions of Employment for other information associated with this position.

This position is located in:
Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Budget, Finance and Management (DCBFM)
Office of Facilities and Logistics Management (OFLM)
Office of Realty and Management (ORM)
Division of Architectural and Engineering Services (DAES)

NOTE: This is a moderate risk public trust position. Employees will be required to complete a Standard Form 85P, Questionnaire for Public Trust Positions, in order to have the appropriate investigation conducted, unless the employee has been previously certified eligible to occupy a position at this level.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Preview the questionnaire here:

Answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. The questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

The score you receive is based on your responses to the online questionnaire. Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire, which is designed to capture the desired competencies for this position. Your resume should describe duties you perform that demonstrate how you meet the following Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities as they pertain to the Specialized Experience described above.

-- Ability to apply principles, concepts and practices of fire prevention engineering

-- Ability to communicate both orally and in writing

-- Ability to perform project management oversight for fire prevention/protection functions

-- Knowledge of applicable Federal building codes, policies and regulations

-- Knowledge of national and local building codes, Federal policies, regulations, laws and guidelines.

Your application will be evaluated under the Category Rating method, based on your responses to the Assessment Questions. If you meet the basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories:

(1) Qualified -- Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements.

(2) Well Qualified -- Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a satisfactory level of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

(3) Best Qualified -- Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a high level of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

Candidates eligible for veterans' preference will be placed ahead of other candidates in the appropriate category for which they have been rated. Additionally, preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements will automatically be placed in the Best Qualified Category.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

You must submit a resume and transcript (or other documents that support your qualifications) prior to the closing of the announcement or you cannot be considered. If your resume doesn't provide sufficient information to demonstrate the required specialized experience required for this position, you will not receive consideration for this position. Your resume should not simply list knowledge, skills, abilities or projects worked on, but must describe how you use your claimed knowledge, skills and abilities (e.g., the duties you perform) to accomplish Fire Protection Engineer work.

If you are claiming eligibility for selection preference, you must also submit supporting documents, as follows:

ICTAP (INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN): ICTAP provides eligible displaced competitive service employees with selection priority for competitive service vacancies. If you voluntarily separated from federal employment (e.g., resigned or retired) OR you separated at the conclusion of a term or temporary appointment OR you were terminated for performance or conduct reasons, you do not meet the requirements for ICTAP and should not indicate that as an eligibility.

ICTAP candidates must provide (as part of your application):
-- a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action) and
-- your most recent performance rating of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or equivalent

ICTAP-candidates must meet the requirements for the Well-Qualified category (as described above) to receive selection priority.

For more information on ICTAP-eligibility see


Applicants claiming veterans' preference must submit a DD-214 ( member 4 copy ONLY ) OR if you are currently on active duty, an official statement of service from your command. To be acceptable, documents must show Character of Service. You may not receive consideration as a veteran if you fail to submit a legible copy of the proper DD-214.

Applicantsclaiming 10-point veterans' preference based on a service-connected disability, must submit an SF-15 ( Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference) AND the documents specified on the reverse of the SF-15. You may not receive consideration as a 10-point veteran if you fail to submit all of the required documents.

Applicants claiming derived preference must submit an SF-15 and the documents specified on the reverse of the SF-15. You may not receive derived preference if you fail to submit all of the required documents.

MILITARY SPOUSES: You must meet certain conditions to be eligible as a Military Spouse. See complete information at .

Preference will be based ONLY on the documents received for this vacancy announcement .
For more information visit the Vet Guide

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO VETERANS: The Office of Personnel Management has published the end date for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as August 31, 2010. To receive veterans' preference for service during the Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom era, you must have served for more than 180 days between September 11, 2001 and August 31, 2010 OR be in receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. The updated CFR language is available here . Eligibility for preference based on disability remains unchanged.

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