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Argonne National Laboratory Fire Protection Engineer in Lemont, Illinois

Fire Protection Engineer

Requisition Number: 408804 Location: Lemont, IL

Functional Area: Facilities/Security/Waste Management Division: STE-Security, Travel and Emergency Services Division

Employment Category: Regular Shift: 8:30 - 5:00

Level (Grade): PT2 Share: Facebook LinkedIn Twitter

Argonne National Laboratory is looking for a talented Fire Protection Professional to join the Security, Travel and Emergency Services (STE) team.

Argonne National Laboratory is one of the top scientific destinations in the world. The Argonne Security, Travel and Emergency Services Division, Fire Protection Technical Support Group implements the fire protection program for the site. Our fire protection mission at Argonne National Laboratory is to support the laboratory by providing controls for inherent hazards, protecting experimental and computational facilities, and limiting effects of fire to workers, environment, property, and the public.

In this role, your responsibilities will include:

  • Performing functions thru the Fire Protection Technical Support group as a staff engineer.
  • Development or review of fire suppression system, fire detection and alarm system, and fire barrier/penetration seal designs.
  • Serving as a lead engineer for fire protection construction projects as directed by the Fire Protection Program Manager to ensure compliance with Department of Energy (DOE), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and facility specific requirements.
  • Coordinating with Argonne Project Management Office (PMO) staff to ensure successful completion of fire protection projects.
  • Performing visual inspections of fire protection systems to identify degradation or performance issues.
  • Evaluating fire protection systems and components against existing design requirements to verify compliance.
  • Reviewing and revising inspection, testing, and maintenance procedures to ensure compliance with NFPA codes and standards and DOE requirements.
  • Preparing walkdown and assessment reports in compliance with procedures.
  • Providing group training on fire protection systems and components.
  • Preparing system design descriptions documenting system compliance with NFPA codes and standards and DOE requirements, describing the system’s operation, and documenting the inspection, testing and maintenance activities.

The most qualified candidate may possess the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in fire protection engineering or a related engineering or science field.
  • Demonstrated skill and knowledge of fire protection systems (including hydraulics, suppression, alarm, detection and barrier systems), engineering, principles, practices, codes including but not limited to NFPA and other applicable fire protection, life safety, and building codes commensurate with their level of experience.
  • Knowledge of the Code of Federal Regulations; DOE orders, standards, and guidance documents; and other applicable directives.
  • Demonstrated experience identifying fire hazards and their required preventative and mitigative engineering and/or administrative controls.
  • Ability to develop alternative and/or performance based solutions to complex problems.
  • Skill in preparing engineering and design documents for fire protection components and systems.
  • Ability to perform duties with a customer service focus.
  • Skill in independently handling a full workload that involves complex regulations, interpreting these regulations, establishing priorities, and maintaining good working relationships.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication, interpersonal skills, organization and time management skills.
  • Ability to understand interrelationships of multiple fire protection systems to identify cross-system requirements and affects.
  • Knowledge in use of fire protection monitoring and testing equipment.
  • Demonstrated experience with evaluating new and existing facilities against established or code driven design requirements and identifying and evaluating deficiencies, determining and prioritizing appropriate corrective measures, and/or identifying fire protection equivalencies or appropriate alternatives for compliance.
  • Knowledge of the Highly Protected Risk (HPR) philosophy, model building codes, Factory Mutual Data Sheets, and other applicable codes and standards is required for this position.
  • Registration as a professional engineer (fire protection) is highly desirable.
  • National Fire Protection Association Certified Fire Protection Specialist is desirable.
  • Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.

This role may be hired as a level 2 or 3. The level will be determined by the final candidate’s level of education, experience, and skill.

  • At a PT2 Level: Bachelor’s and 2+ years or equivalent, some occupations may require graduate degree or equivalent.
  • At a PT3 Level: Bachelor’s and 4+ years or equivalent, some occupations may require graduate degree and 2+ years or equivalent.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne’s Legal Department.

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