Fire Engineer

Design and implement solutions to lower the risk of fires to buildings and property.
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What's it like to be a Fire Engineer?

Fire Engineers are specialist Engineers who assess the threat of fires and determine how to improve architectural structures and safety measures to prevent them. They work in many industries, including manufacturing, corporate organisations and government. Fire Engineers often play an important role during the construction phase of a building to ensure projects are being carried out in accordance with fire safety techniques and regulations.
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Tasks and duties

  • Identifying the fire safety design objectives of a project.
  • Developing fire strategies featuring fire escape routes, safety systems and access and facilities for fire services.
  • Coordinating fire plans with relevant third parties, such as building management and local fire and rescue services.
  • Ensuring fire strategies comply with relevant building regulations.
  • Preparing fire safety engineering studies and reports. 
  • Inspecting new and existing buildings to ensure fire safety measures are adhered to. 
  • Creating computer simulations and modelling of building fire scenarios and occupant evacuation. 
  • Writing clear and succinct reports including audits.

How to become a Fire Engineer

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To become a Fire Engineer you need to complete an engineering degree. You also need to gain relevant work experience, such as volunteering as a CFA firefighter or working within a fire safety engineering team. Registration as a professional engineer may be required.

  1. Complete an engineering degree, preferably specialising in fire science. This could be a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours). This usually takes four years of full-time study.
  2. Get hands-on work experience. Consider undertaking an internship with a fire safety engineering team while you study, or volunteer for a firefighting service such as the CFA.
  3. Depending on your state or territory, you may need to register as a professional engineer. You can apply for registration through Engineers Australia.
  4. Consider broadening your skills and career options by completing a postgraduate qualification. This could be a Graduate Certificate in Fire Safety Engineering or Master of Engineering (Civil).

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Latest review from 1 Fire Engineer surveyed on SEEK.

May 2021
Fire engineering is very interesting and you get to work with all levels of people and all of sites infrastructure
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Engineering and Maintenance
The good things
Being able to focus on life safety and keep my work colleagues safe. Working with Management and guiding the mine management towards safety and being responsible for big decisions
The challenges
You need great people skills and an eye for detail
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