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Fire Protection Engineer

Industry: Energy
Area: Nuclear

Fire Protection Engineers are responsible for protecting the reactor and plant equipment, avoiding forced shutdowns, and minimizing property loss by preparing for and exercising one of three options: (1) preventing fire, (2) putting a fire out as soon as possible, or (3) detecting and suppressing a fire until help arrives to put it out. They also are involved in developing and improving design and procedures to protect safety-related equipment from the effects of fire.

Work Settings

A nuclear power plant is not all that different from coal, oil, or gas fired plants. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), part of our government, licenses the use of nuclear material and inspects users to make sure they follow the rules for safety.


Fire Protection Engineers require a minimum of a BS in Engineering.

Job Outlook

Fire Protection Engineers are expected to have employment growth about as fast as the average for all occupations though 2014. 


Annual wage data for Fire Protection Engineers was not found.

Work Schedule

Most engineers work a standard 40-hour week. At times, deadlines or design standards may bring extra pressure to a job, requiring engineers to work longer hours.

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