Under the general supervision of the Building Official and in consultation with the City’s Chief Plans Examiner, conducts comprehensive and technical assessment of new construction plans (commercial and residential) and modifications for compliance with applicable fire codes and national fire safety standards. The Fire Protection Engineer may be responsible for serving as a team leader in coordinating multi-disciplinary plan review activities for the department. The team leadership activities are in addition to regular plan review duties within the incumbent’s area of expertise. Provides technical guidance and code interpretation to developers, planners, architects, engineers, attorneys, building owners/tenants, enforcement authorities and other private industry personnel, including alternative methods and materials requests for compliance. Incumbent also acts as a consultant to inspectors in the field on extraordinary fire protection problems.
This position requires strategic thinking, clear communication of fire codes, city construction standards and propriety of building plans beyond the obvious, utilizing accurate, state-of-art fire suppression and protection data to support alternative approaches.
- Conducts comprehensive and technical review of construction plans (commercial and residential) and modifications for compliance with applicable fire codes and national standards. Ensures compliance with fire protection systems standards. Reviews and examines plans, designs and specifications of complex buildings and other structures, for related fire protection systems, fire resistance, water supplies, and fire equipment. Fire fighter and inhabitant access/egress to determine if they comply with City building, construction and fire protection codes.
- Makes necessary field inspections in the review and installation of approved fire protection systems, equipment and devices, fire alarm systems and life safety features. May conduct operational tests and inspections on new fire protection equipment installations to ensure compliance with applicable codes, plans and specifications; resolves compliance problems.
- Provides professional and competent evaluations of alternative methods and materials for compliance with applicable fire codes, ordinances, state requirements and national standards.
- Attends Development Review Team conferences with contractors, architects, and engineers to cover relevant fire and life safety code issues involved in the plan review process.
- Serves as a central point of contact with customers. Answers questions over the phone and at the City Development Review area regarding City construction and fire codes and propriety of plans. Meets with the general public to settle disputes with inspectors regarding enforcement of building and fire code issues. Addresses concerns and resolves sensitive issues and technical problems.
- Performs other related fire protection plans review duties as requested or assigned.
- Associate degree in building technology, pre-engineering or pre-architectural studies or other related field, plus four years plan review experience or any combination of education and experience equal to six years of plan review experience, three years of which must have been in fire protection systems plans review involving proper building type classification, occupancy classification, water flow requirements, hydrant placement, installation and maintenance of fire protections systems (detection, alarm and suppression), life safety systems, access and egress systems, etc.
- Ability to obtain the International Code Council (ICC) Fire Plans Examiner or Fire Inspector certification or the NFPA Fire Plan Examiner within 6 months of hire.
- Ability to learn and possess specific knowledge of current fire code and standards as adopted by Salt Lake City Corporations, which covers the fire, life, and safety aspects of all buildings and structures.
- Ability to keep abreast of changes and possess knowledge of State building codes and ordinances, include the fire, building, mechanical, and plumbing codes; the National Electric Code (NEC) which covers all aspects of the installation and maintenance of electrical systems, equipment, and materials within or on buildings or other structures for the safeguarding of people and property from the hazards of using electricity; and the ADA and Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities.
- Demonstrated oral and written communication skills in order to interact professionally with staff and the general public. Must be able to self-compose technical reports and deliver technical information in written and verbal form.
- Possession of a valid driver’s license or driving privilege card is required to visit various construction sites, or the ability to obtain within two weeks of employment.
- Considerable knowledge of all types of building construction including building, plumbing, mechanical, fire safety, and electrical equipment, as well as structural, mechanical and electrical engineering concepts and practices as applied to fire protection and life safety construction standards.
- Ability to make accurate engineering and mathematical computations in relation to fire protection systems, access and egress, etc.