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Department of Computer Science & Engineering Technology

B.S.E.T. in Fire Protection Engineering Technology



Fire protection engineers have always been in demand by corporations, consulting firms, educational institutions, government bodies within the United States and demand from around the world is constantly growing. Houston area petrochemical, oil refining, and energy industries have special safety and fire requirements due to their large concentration of installations, and therefore, place a premium on Fire Protection Engineering professionals.

The Fire Engineering Technology program is structured to prepare students for a career in fire protection as well as meeting the needs of fire personnel who desire a technical degree and professional advancement. It provides the graduate skills and knowledge of current trends in, fire sciences and an overview of equipment operation in practice and through computer simulations. In addition, graduates of this program will be qualified for positions in:

  • Engineering consulting firms
  • Industrial safety operations of petrochemical companies
  • Research and testing
  • Insurance industry
  • Government and the fire service
  • Equipment manufacturing Companies

All aspects of industrial fire protection are included in the courses of this program. Fire Protection Engineering Technology from the elements of several engineering disciplines, and combines thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, knowledge of the nature and characteristics of fire, with computer technology, to create highly sought after and Fire Protection Engineering professionals.

Fire Prevention Engineers on average make more than 50,000 dollars a year. Click Here

Below are some graphic simulations of fires developed at the NIST Building and Fire Research Laboratories:

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Here are several examples of a Christmas tree fires. The first clip demonstrates what happens to a wet Christmas tree vs. a dry Christmas tree when set on fire. The second clip shows what happens when a Christmas tree fire really gets going. Finally in the last clip you see that even when sprinklers are employed it is nearly impossible to put out a Christmas tree fire.1

1. Footage courtesy of NIST,

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