Fire Protection Engineer I/ii

Arlington, Virginia
Depends on Qualifications
Oct 19, 2019
Nov 07, 2019
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
Position Information

Are you looking for a challenging, rewarding career where your work affects the community on a daily basis? Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment? If so, Arlington County's fully-accredited, award-winning Inspection Services Division is looking for you!

Arlington County's Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) is seeking an engineering/technical professional to join the Inspection Services Division's Plan Review team. This position is responsible for examining fire protection systems and construction documents for commercial and residential structures, including new construction, additions, and alterations to existing buildings to ensure compliance with the building design and fire protection standards as adopted by the State of Virginia as part of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC). Projects are complex due to size, multiplicity of structures, advanced design of installed systems, and advanced construction methods and techniques.

Specific duties include:
  • Interpreting and enforcing codes, regulations and ordinances for compliance with the International Building Code, International Fire Code, NFPA Standards, and the VUSBC as applicable;
  • Conducting field visits to evaluate smoke control, alarm, and sprinkler systems as needed;
  • Conducting field surveys of buildings as requested; and assisting inspectors with exceptional or unusual inspection issues;
  • Cross referencing plan reviews with Construction Plans Examiners, Engineers in the Department of Environmental Services, and the Office of the Fire Marshal;
  • Providing code consultation services to builders, developers, engineers, property owners, architects and other governmental agencies;
  • Representing the Division and the County at meetings and public hearings as required; and
  • Developing, participating in, and defending code change proposals at local, state, and national arenas.
The successful candidate will possess the following skills:
  • Considerable knowledge of and the ability to apply modern principles and practices of the fire protection technical field;
  • Considerable knowledge of and the ability to analyze architectural plans, engineering plans, site plans, and shop drawings;
  • Knowledge of and a commitment to, customer-service and client-focused service-delivery systems;
  • Knowledge of computer applications relevant to the field;
  • Skill in reaching agreement with architects, engineers, developers, contractors, and government professionals to bring about compliance with applicable permitting, engineering, and code requirements;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse staff, community representatives, clients, and professional peers; and
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Fire Protection Engineer I/II: Bachelor's degree in Fire Protection Engineering or related field plus one year of professional engineering experience in construction, plan review, code interpretation/development, or inspections of fire protection systems.

Fire Protection Engineer I: Possession of Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Fire Protection Plans Examiner Certification upon employment or within 12 months of employment.

Fire Protection Engineer II: Possession of DHCD Fire Protection Plans Examiner Certification PLUS completion of the requirements to obtain an additional ICC plan review certification in qualifying discipline (e.g. plumbing, structural, building, mechanical, and/or electrical), OR possession or a Registered Design Professional license.

Substitution: Completion of the requirements for graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in Fire Protection Engineering or closely related engineering field may substitute for the Bachelor's Degree and the one year of experience. Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year for year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to applicants with one or more of the following:
  • Working experience with the International Building Code, International Fire Code, NFPA Standards, and the VUSBC;
  • Experience reading and interpreting construction documents, specifications, codes, regulations and/or ordinances;
  • Experience responding to public inquiries; and
  • NICET Sprinkler or Fire Alarm certification.

Special Requirements

  • Certification by DHCD as a Fire Plans Examiner is required within 12 months of employment;
  • Employee must successfully complete the Virginia Code Academy Core Module training within 12 months of employment;
  • Applicant must obtain, by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence and the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Additional Information

This is a 40 hour a week position, Monday through Friday. Arlington County's Inspection Services Division participates in various telework and flex-work programs.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Fire Protection Engineer I -- $65,582.40 - $100,152.00
Fire Protection Engineer II -- $70,116.80 - $107,140.80

Please note salaries listed on this announcement are effective July 1, 2019.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


How many years of experience in construction, plan review, code interpretation/development, or inspections of fire protection systems do you have?
  • None
  • Less than 6 months
  • 6 months but less than 1 year
  • 1 but less than 2 years
  • 3 years or more


Do you have a Bachelor's degree in Fire Protection Engineering or related field?
  • Yes
  • No


How much experience do you have as a Fire Plans Examiner, or closely related area?
  • None
  • Less than 6 months
  • 6 months but less than 1 year
  • 1 but less than 2 years
  • 2 but less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


Please check which of the ICC exams you have passed.
  • None
  • Fire Plans Examiner
  • Commercial Fire Alarm Plans Examiner
  • Commercial Fire Sprinkler Plans Examiner
  • Other (list in question 6)


I am certified in:
  • Virginia Fire Protection Plans Examiner
  • Virginia Commercial Building Plans Examiner
  • ICC Commercial Building Plans Examiner
  • ICC Fire Plans Examiner
  • Other Certification (list in question 6)
  • Not certified


If you checked "Other" under questions 4 and 5, please list the other exams you have passed and/or the other state(s) in which you are certified.


Please attach a cover letter to the on-line application or use the space below to describe your experience and accomplishments regarding plan review of commercial projects. If you do not have this experience write n/a.

Required Question

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