Fire Protection Engineer

Expiring today

Washington, D.C
Apr 06, 2021
Apr 10, 2021
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


The Architect of the Capitol, Office of Safety, Fire and Environmental Programs, Fire Marshal Division is seeking a reliable and detail oriented Fire Protection Engineer to review and provide recommendations for the design, construction and/or modification of fire protection systems, equipment, assemblies or buildings under the jurisdiction of the Architect of the Capitol.

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  • Tour of duty for the position is: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This position requires periodic substantial periods of night and/or weekend work.
  • New Construction and Renovation Planning and Evaluation: Manages fire protection engineering portions of major new construction and/or renovation projects and incorporates fire protection design practices into all phases of design and construction.
  • Ensures adequate fire protection and life safety requirements are incorporated into all segments of the project. Reviews fire protection and life safety features of construction plans.
  • Analyzes project design including a wide variety of fire protection systems for fire detection, containment, extinguishment, smoke control and evacuation.
  • Participates in intermediate tests of fire protection systems and equipment in facilities and property. Interprets guidelines, standards, policies and engineering criteria as established by national organizations.
  • Analyzes, on a continuing basis, the fire protection requirements of the facilities. Investigates new developments in fire protection systems and applies them to existing facilities and new projects.
  • Reviews and analyzes designs for installation of or modifications to, fire alarms, fire detection and fire suppression and egress systems, to bring the systems into or maintain them in code compliance.
  • Reviews and critiques designs developed by associate architects and engineers and reviews the submittals from and performance of contractors, to ensure compliance with the program/project requirements and adopted codes by the AOC.
  • Data Analysis and Technical Guidance: Analyzes large blocks of unknown or controversial data and provides expert technical advice and guidance on unique and complex problems and issues that arise in fire prevention and protection programs.
  • Corrects, records and reviews field data in the form of sketches, drawings, calculations or other manner for the purpose of assessing and evaluating existing or proposed fire protection systems, equipment, assemblies or buildings.
  • Prepares technical reports and papers on important and highly complex fire protection matters which influence current and future programs. Prepares documents for engineering products in the form an invitation for bid or a purchase requisition.
  • Prepares comprehensive technical reports, bulletins and issuances for agency guidance, reflecting the results of research studies and tests of new fire protection equipment.
  • Problem Resolution: Maintains technical insight into the cause and the plan of action when damaged, failed or otherwise nonconforming hardware, equipment or systems are encountered.
  • Prepares policy development, requirements analysis and definition, technical evaluations and makes recommendations to management within the functional and/or technical area of expertise.
  • Project Management: Undertakes varied and complex project management duties in conjunction with coordinating project teams and making decisions affecting areas of responsibility that are controversial and precedent setting.
  • Contractor Oversight: Handles and assesses contractor efforts and assesses technical progress in relation to the established schedule and resources allotted. Reviews plans, and cost estimates for technical adequacy. Reports progress and/or problems.
  • Serves as a Contracting Officers Technical Representative (COTR) on assigned projects.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.

SPECIAL NOTE: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements. However, to be creditable, foreign education must have been evaluated by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

You must provide a copy of your college transcript and a letter containing results of the course by course work and degree equivalency evaluation.

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You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.
Candidates for the GS-12 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS-11 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience is defined as having experience in at least 4 of the following: (1) Assisting in the incorporation of fire protection engineering practices in all phases of design and construction documentation and the implementation for code adherence; (2) Ensuring the incorporation of adequate fire protection and life safety requirements are in all aspects of facility management; (3) Applying numerous fire protection codes, standards, and building codes to various types of facilities. (i.e.; business, child care, industrial, assembly and historic); (4) Conducting fire protection and life safety surveys of various types of buildings. (i.e.; business, child care, industrial, assembly and historic); (5) Providing expert technical advice and guidance on unique and complex problems and issues arising in the fire protection program; and (6) Applying knowledge of the principles, concepts, and practices of fire protection engineering.


Candidates for the GS-13 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS-12 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience is defined as having experience in at least 5 of the following: (1) Managing in the incorporation of fire protection engineering practices in all phases of design and construction documentation and the implementation for code adherence; (2) Ensuring the incorporation of adequate fire protection and life safety requirements are in all aspects of facility management; (3) Conducting fire safety surveys of various types of buildings. (i.e.; business, child care, industrial, assembly and historic); (4) Applying numerous fire protection codes, standards, and building codes to various types of facilities. (i.e.; business, child care, industrial, assembly and historic); (5) Developing risk assessments in accordance with the Federal Fire Safety Act; (6) Reviewing drawings and specifications for building construction and renovation to ensure compliance with current standards for fire protection and life safety; and (7) Serving as a subject matter expert for providing technical advice and guidance in the field of fire protection engineering to upper levels of management, engineers, and other personnel.


***A copy of your transcript(s) will be required upon selection***

Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; 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.


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 professional 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:

-Professional registration

-Written Test

-Specified academic courses

-Related curriculum

For additional information on General Schedule Qualifications Standards for professional engineering positions, please visit:

Additional information

Welcome Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veterans' preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veterans' preference is applied on this vacancy announcement. If you are a veteran and have been separated under honorable conditions, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility; SF-15, if applicable; and Department of Veterans Affairs documentation of disability, if applicable. For more information, please visit .

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

DRUG TESTING: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC's suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position who is not currently an AOC employee is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide and cover the cost for the drug test.

The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol.

The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. For more information on E-Verify, please visit

The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and/or disability.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Probationary Period - A newly appointed selectee is subject to the completion of a one-year trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.

All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Review your resume and responses carefully. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions.

Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies:

KSA 1:Knowledge of the principles, concepts and practices of fire prevention engineering, with emphasis on code enforcement and interpretation for the Design and Construction of fire protection and life safety systems for various types buildings.

KSA 2:Knowledge in Fire Management to provide oversight on operations, testing and maintenance of fire protection and life safety systems; and to develop working procedures and policies to achieve code compliance.

KSA 3:Knowledge in Problem Solving and resolving complicated technical issues; creating solutions and strategies especially in scenarios with vague, confusing, and contrary perspectives and conflicting goals; and providing technical guidance in the fire prevention field.

KSA 4:Knowledge of Project Management with a focus on understanding and applying fire protection engineering concepts and national codes to new construction and renovation of historic office buildings, child care facilities, underground assembly facilities and industrial utility buildings.

KSA 5:Knowledge in communicating in Writing and verbally, to convincingly present technical fire protection engineering data, topics, conclusions and recommendations. Knowledge in collaboration when meeting and dealing with congressional staff, upper levels of management, engineers, and other personnel including the public.

Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions. Falsifying your background, education and/or experience is cause for non-selection or disqualification from further consideration.

Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) job application process is designed to ensure you only provide information necessary to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position vacancy.

To apply for this position, you only need to submit: a) your resume and b) answers to the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant information. No additional documentation or attachments are required at the time of application.

Your resume should list your education, training and work experience including job titles, employment dates, duties and accomplishments.

Nothing further is required until it is requested by AOC's Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for the position, you will be asked to provide it during the interview or selection process. At that time, you may be asked to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

For example, you may be asked to provide a copy of your diploma, college transcripts, or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires licensure or certification, you will be asked to provide proof at the time of selection.

If Veterans' preference is claimed, you will be asked to submit proof (DD-214, and, if claiming a 10-point preference, a SF-15 and the proof required by that form).

Failure to provide the required documents will end further consideration and/or result in the withdrawal of any tentative job offers.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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