Fire Protection Engineer

Blog Post created by nhoyt Employee on Apr 26, 2019

We invite applications for the position of:


$122,526 to $153,158 Annually

Plus a comprehensive benefits package and $5,000 bonus (paid in two payments: $2,500 in your first paycheck and $2,500 in the first paycheck following successful completion of the probationary period)


A Word From the Hiring Manager


“Our City is a diverse community of progressive residents and business leaders which has created a dynamic environment, fostering change, innovation and positive growth. As a manager I work to foster a supportive team environment and work with all of the staff in building and fire as one unit.

With consistent change, adaptation is constantly required and while this can be demanding, it is also exciting. Striving for inclusion from all types of business industries: major research/development, medical & technological advancements, bioengineering, PUD’s, Mixed Use, incubator companies and startup ventures to name a few. Within the local development community we have gained a reputation of being one of the “smallest big cities” in the area and are always striving for balance as we navigate new products and situations on a regular basis. Working for a smaller jurisdiction allows you to use all of the knowledge you have gained thus far as you will be the person responsible for plan checking and inspecting these diverse projects.” –Shellie Woodworth, Chief Building Official


About This Role


The City of Mountain View is seeking highly qualified professionals to fill two vacancies for the position of Fire Protection Engineer (FPE). The Fire Protection Engineers will be Fire Department employees but will be located in the Building Inspection Division under the supervision of the Chief Building Official. These are civilian positions which will be part of the Community Development Department's Development Services Center. These positions are responsible for the review of site and building plans; fire suppression and alarm systems; and support specifications for buildings and building modifications to ensure compliance with Federal, State, County and local fire safety ordinances, laws and codes. Duties will also include field inspections of construction sites, review of site and building development plans for local fire protection and system requirements, Fire Department equipment access, and other related responsibilities. The Fire Protection Engineers provide technical advice to City staff, contractors, architects, developers and the general public. You can review the detailed job description for Fire Protection Engineer on the City’s website here.


What You Bring

  • Three years of increasingly responsible experience in fire protection engineering
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with major course work in fire protection engineering or civil or mechanical engineering or a related field
  • Possession of a valid California diver license


Bonus Points

  • Possession of a California State Registered FPE or PE preferred
  • Management experience

Who You Are

  • You are a resourceful and flexible person who is able to navigate in a setting that involves numerous parties, internal and external to the organization, with differing perspectives, interests and goals.
  • You are an outstanding communicator and are persuasive with the ability to convince others through well-reasoned explanations.
  • You have outstanding interpersonal skills when interacting with a myriad of personalities.
  • You are able to balance the ability to listen and solicit input with the ability to make analytical and objective decisions in conformance with adopted code regulations and City standards.
  • You are diplomatic.
  • You can work independently and prioritize project appropriately.
  • You exhibit leadership and fortitude to uphold findings that may not always be popular.



What You’ll Do

  • Review plans and specifications of proposed buildings and building modifications for adherence to Federal, State and local fire safety ordinances, laws and codes.
  • Review plans and specifications for, and performs inspections and acceptance tests on fire protection systems, such as heat and smoke detection systems, fire alarms systems, fire sprinkler systems and special hazard protection.
  • Review site development plans for proposed or existing buildings to ensure adequate water supplies, water distribution systems, fire hydrant availability and Fire Department equipment access.
  • Review plans for compliance with fire and life safety requirements in accordance with Titles 19 and 24 of the California Administrative Code.
  • Conduct fire safety inspections of buildings, structures, premises and installations to enforce compliance with Federal, State and local fire safety laws, codes and regulations.
  • Coordinate plan reviews with field inspection activities to ensure the provisions of all applicable State and local fire safety laws, codes and regulations are enforced.
  • Provide technical advice to City staff, architects, engineers, developers, building owners, the Fire Chief, City commissions and boards, and the general public on the interpretation or application of fire safety codes and regulations.
  • Conduct special studies regarding fire hazards, fire response systems and other related fire protection services and makes recommendations for improving the City’s fire protection services and its role in the development review process. Work proactively with other City staff and departments to maintain, implement and coordinate the City’s development review process. 


What We Offer

  • Comprehensive benefits package including generous paid leave and group health coverage
  • CalPERS retirement (2.7% at 55 formula for classic members; 2% at 62 for new members); employees contribute 11.5% for classic members; 10.5% for new members to CalPERS with no Social Security deduction
  • Opportunity to utilize $2,000 in tuition reimbursement for education advancement annually, with an additional one time opportunity for up to $20,000 for the completion of a work related Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
  • Up to $100/month City contribution for mass transit expenses, with $10/month minimum employee contribution  Management Development Funds - $1,000.00 annually
  • Wellness culture including access to the employee gym and incentive pay for participating in the City’s wellness program
  • Employee appreciation days and activities.


Are You Ready? Apply.


Submit your complete application and resume online at www.calopps.org or to the Human Resources Division; City of Mountain View, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041, (650) 903-6309. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of applications. Please provide a valid email address on your application. Application materials will be screened on a continuous basis with a first application review date of Monday, May 27, 2019 at 5pm.


Interview Process


Candidates with the most relevant qualifications will be invited to the following process:

  • Oral board interview (weighted 100%).
  • Department interview – Candidates invited to interview with the Community Development staff will participate in a more in-depth discussion regarding the position and their specific qualifications for the position.

Depending on the number of applications, the above process may be altered. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply early!


Fine Print.


Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should advise the Human Resources Division upon submittal of application. Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request. The City of Mountain View is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).


Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a preemployment process, including employment verification and a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose a conviction will result in disqualification or termination.



Supplemental Questionnaire

Please answer the following questions and submit with your application. Please limit your responses to one page per each question or less.

1. Do you have at least three years of increasingly responsible experience in fire protection engineering? If so, please describe your professional experience; be sure to include any experience that includes plan review for fire protection.

2. Are you a California State Registered FPE or PE? If so, please attach a copy with your application.

3. Describe your level of knowledge regarding CBC, CFC and NFPA Standards.