Oct 27, 2020

Fire Protection Engineer - Mid/Experienced Level

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA

Job Description

The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information. The Fire Protection Engineering Staff in NSA's Office of Occupational Health, Environmental, and Safety Services (OHESS) act in the role of Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for fire protection and life-safety. We are responsible for review and approval of new construction and modifications against Federal, Department of Defense, and local codes and standards. We perform inspections and witness acceptance testing to ensure facility compliance and that fire and life-safety systems work as intended and protect as required. Our experienced staff also consults during a project's conceptual phase to assess mission and personnel safety risks and apply engineering principles in order to balance protection methods and safeguard the Agency's personnel, mission, facilities, and resources against the threat of fire and related events. As a Fire Protection Engineer at NSA, responsibilities may include: - Review and approval of facilities and infrastructure design documents - Application of Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC), NFPA/ICC codes and standards, and Agency standards to project efforts - Application of expertise in fire alarm, mass notification, fire suppression systems, life safety power, and architectural fire safety systems - Authoring Agency-specific standards language in support of fire safety strategies - Evaluation of performance-based design - Witness of acceptance testing and systems commissioning - Construction-phase and pre-occupancy inspections - Fire safety program development and management - Fire risk assessment and the development of protection strategies - Fire prevention audits, inspections

As an Engineering and Physical Science professional, you will use your skills to create the systems and tools that will be used to enhance the operation of intelligence. You will advise, administer and perform scientific projects, such as planning, designing, and constructing specialized equipment, and ensuring adherence to sound engineering and scientific standards and principles. The NSA offers multiple areas of focus for facilities engineers, including computer, architectural, electrical, mechanical, and structural. In addition, we are seeking skills that include computer design, microelectronics, radio frequency design, and systems engineering. Apply your science and engineering skills to protect the nation.

Salary Range: $83,692 - $112,240 (Full Performance) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience. Degree must be in Fire Protection Engineering or a related field (e.g., Electrical, Chemical, Mechanical, Industrial, or Systems Engineering.). If program is not ABET EAC accredited, it must include specified coursework.* *Specified coursework includes courses in differential and integral calculus and 5 of the following 18 areas: (a) statics or dynamics, (b) strength of materials/stress-strain relationships, (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics, (d) thermodynamics, (e) electromagnetic fields, (f) nature and properties of materials/relating particle and aggregate structure to properties, (g) solid state electronics, (h) microprocessor applications, (i), computer systems, (j) signal processing, (k) digital design, (l) systems and control theory, (m) circuits or generalized circuits, (n) communication systems, (o) power systems, (p) computer networks, (q) software development, (r) Any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, or soil mechanics. Relevant experience must be working in a fire protection engineering capacity (e.g., fire suppression, hydraulics, fire code analysis, design review, and fire systems testing) and analyzing/troubleshooting fire protection systems. Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), Engineer in Training (EIT), and/or Professional Engineer (PE) certifications are preferred. Salary Range: $102,663 - $133,465 (Senior) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 4 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. Degree must be in Fire Protection Engineering or a related field (e.g., Electrical, Chemical, Mechanical, Industrial, or Systems Engineering.). If program is not ABET EAC accredited, it must include specified coursework.* *Specified coursework includes courses in differential and integral calculus and 5 of the following 18 areas: (a) statics or dynamics, (b) strength of materials/stress-strain relationships, (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics, (d) thermodynamics, (e) electromagnetic fields, (f) nature and properties of materials/relating particle and aggregate structure to properties, (g) solid state electronics, (h) microprocessor applications, (i), computer systems, (j) signal processing, (k) digital design, (l) systems and control theory, (m) circuits or generalized circuits, (n) communication systems, (o) power systems, (p) computer networks, (q) software development, (r) Any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, or soil mechanics. Relevant experience must be working in a fire protection engineering capacity (e.g., fire suppression, hydraulics, fire code analysis, design review, and fire systems testing), analyzing/troubleshooting fire protection systems, and safety design analysis. Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), Engineer in Training (EIT), and/or Professional Engineer (PE) certifications are preferred.

The ideal candidate demonstrates the following: - Problem Solving - Interpersonal Skills - Partnering - Customer Service - Accountability - Continual Learning - Resilience - Effective Communication Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following is desired: - Working knowledge of the DoD Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC), IBC, and NFPA codes/standards - Experience in AHJ role or third-party review of engineering drawings and specifications - Participation in the performance of final inspections and witness of acceptance testing of both active and passive fire protection systems - Leading the development of fire safety programs or policies (such as those relating to fire prevention, occupancy permitting, workforce/public fire safety education, or fire investigation) - The design of secure facilities including door locking interfaces, SCIF construction, and the life safety interfaces to those systems

On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible).