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Burns & McDonnell Staff Fire Protection Specialist - Aviation & Federal (Minneapolis) in Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota


Burns & McDonnell is an award-winning engineering, architectural, construction, environmental and consulting services firm. We are 100% employee-owned, with World Headquarters located in Kansas City, Missouri and regional and project offices worldwide.

Successful candidates will join a team of fire protection professionals who work on a wide range of exciting and challenging projects including airports, aircraft storage and maintenance hangars, central utility plants, manufacturing and food processing plants, industrial and petroleum processing sites, state-of-the-art information technology facilities, aircraft manufacturing plants, educational and cultural facilities and more. You'll be working in team environments with a premium placed on client and peer to peer interaction. You can expect to be a part of an energy-filled work place at a successful and growing company.

As a member of our fire protection engineering team, successful candidates will design many fire and life safety systems including: wet, dry, preaction and deluge sprinkler systems, foam, water spray, clean agent, wet and dry chemical and clean agent fire suppression systems, fire pumps, water tanks, standpipes, smoke management systems, and building fire alarm and mass notification systems. You will be involved in building code and life safety code reviews, review of hazardous materials, design and analysis of building egress and passive fire protection systems, and reviews of existing buildings for compliance with applicable building and fire codes. You will also be involved in the construction and commissioning process.

Successful candidates will:

  • Produce construction drawings using AutoCAD, AutoCAD MEP, Microstation, Smart Plant, PDS, and Revit.

  • Prepare comprehensive fire protection packages including fire suppression, fire alarm, smoke evacuation, and life safety. Perform fire protection calculations including the hydraulic analysis of fire water supply and demand, battery calculations, and voltage drop calculations. Prepare fire protection specifications.

  • Design, specify, and provide multi-discipline coordination for fire suppression systems including wet-pipe, dry-pipe, preaction, deluge, fire pumps, and storage tanks on a wide variety of project types. Knowledge of special systems such as foam, spray, mist, clean agent, wet/dry chemical, and carbon dioxide is preferred.

  • Design, specify, and provide multi-discipline coordination for fire alarm systems, mass notification systems, and releasing systems. Knowledge of manual, electric, and pneumatic releasing, as well as cross-zoning and flame detection is preferred.

  • Apply sound fire protection engineering principles to assist in troubleshooting and solving client related problems.

  • Perform site evaluations and document existing fire protection systems. Resolve design related installation issues with field personnel.

  • Review contractor shop drawings, field inspections, and testing and commissioning reports.


Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Technology or related field and 3 years of related experience; an Associate’s Degree in a related field with 7 years of related experience; or 8 years of related experience.

  • The ability to obtain NICET Level II in Water-Based System Layout, Fire Alarm Systems, or Special Hazard Systems within one year of employment.

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain access authorization to facilities and data of existing and potential clients, including, but not limited to Department of Energy, Department of Defense, aerospace, food and consumer product manufacturers, pharmaceutical, laboratories, and others necessary to perform work.

  • Familiarity with building codes, fire codes, NFPA standards, FM Global datasheets, military standards, and refinery/industrial API guidelines is strongly preferred.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with strong analytical and problem-solving skills is required.

  • Highly motivated self-starter, strong attention to detail, ability to distinguish discrepancies, and able to prioritize work assignments in a fast-paced environment.

  • Familiarity with Revit is preferred, willingness and ability to learn new software is required.

  • Capable of successfully solving challenging problems which require the adaptation and modification of standard techniques, procedures, or criteria.

  • Ability to take direction from and work collaboratively with individuals at all levels in the organization in a team environment.

This job posting will remain open a minimum of 72 hours and on an ongoing basis until filled


Job Fire Protection Engineer

Primary Location US-MN-Minneapolis/St Paul

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 241475

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-KZ #A&F