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Department of Computer Science & Engineering Technology

Fire Protection Engineering Technology - Program Criteria




The Fire Protection Engineering Technology program will produce Graduates:
  1. Who have a sound background in analysis, program solving, applied design, the implementation of fire safety, protection and prevention, industrial hygiene, and managerial skills.
  2. Who are proficient in applying their knowledge in mathematics, science and engineering, and computer software, to technical problem solving.
  3. With strong social skill, able to work in a team environment, competent in communication and information presentation, and with a strong sense of professionalism and ethics.
  4. Who are immediately employable and productive from the first day in the work place and are committed to continuous improvement and lifelong learning.



A minimally competent Fire Protection Engineering Technology technologist must demonstrate sound knowledge and judgment in the application of science and engineering to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public from the impacts of fire; this includes the ability to apply and incorporate a thorough understanding of fundamental systems and practices as they pertain to life safety and fire prevention, detection, control, and extinguishment. Therefore, at a minimum, a competent Fire Protection Engineering technologist must demonstrate the ability to:
  1. Be familiar with the nature and characteristics of fire and the associated products of combustion and understand how fires originate, spread within and outside of buildings/structures, and how they can be detected, controlled, and extinguished.
  2. Recognize, analyze and solve fire hazards and their risks, and fire and safety technical problems, through the use of mathematics, basic sciences (including physics and chemistry) and the principles of engineering mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and computer modeling, as well as the application of the latest technology.
  3. Analyze how buildings are used; anticipate the behavior of materials used in their structure as related to the protection of life and property from fire; how the fires start and grow; how fire and smoke affect people, buildings and property; the integration of fire protection feature and systems into building design; the application of national and international safety and fire protection standards, and building codes; an understanding of incident investigations, legal responsibilities and recordkeeping; and maintain a fire protection program.

  4. Have a basic knowledge of human response principles as related to evacuation movement, human response to fire cues, and timed egress analysis, assess adequacy of means of egress taking into account occupancy types, occupant loads, emergency lighting, exits and the marking of the means of egress.
  5. Have knowledge of industrial hygiene.
  6. Communicate effectively.
  7. Function effectively on teams.
  8. Apply engineering cannons to resolve professional and ethical issues.
  9. Describe the value of diversity in the engineering field; discuss contemporary professional; societal and global issues; and engage in lifelong learning.


National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
P.O. Box 1686 (280 Seneca Creek Road)
Clemson, SC 29633-1686 U.S.A.
Phone: (800) 250-3196, (864) 654-6824
Fax: (864) 654-6033
Email: Feedback form

Society of Fire Protection Engineers
7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 620E
Bethesda, MD 20814 US
Phone: (301) 718-2910
Fax: (301) 718-2242



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Last updated or reviewed on 10/3/13

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