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Kemah, Texas
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Fire Protection Engineer

Institute for Building Technology and Safety

Job ID 2017-1335
# of Openings 8
Job Locations US-TX-Kemah
Posted Date 8/29/2017
Category Engineering


Bring your passion, expertise, and experience to IBTS, where we appreciate and are committed to our employees. We offer outstanding benefits, growth opportunities and work hard to maintain a culture that values our employees.

The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that was established to provide unbiased professional building code compliance services, while enhancing the communities in which we work. At IBTS, our mission is to deliver quality services to meet the challenges of governance at all levels while enhancing public safety, economic development, and the general welfare of the community. Our services include Building and Community Development, Energy and Sustainability Services, Disaster Planning and Recovery, Quality Assurance, as well as Compliance and Risk Monitoring.

IBTS is headquartered in Ashburn, VA, with additional offices in Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington, DC.

We are committed to building a community of experts with diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and perspectives who are passionate about our mission. IBTS is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. S3 Residence, disability, and veterans encouraged to apply.

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IBTS is currently recruiting for a Professional Fire Protection Engineer (FPE) to provide oversight for the quality control of the self-contained Tank & Pump Sprinkler System (TPS) installations for FEMA Manufactured Housing Units (MHU's) in various Texas locations in relation to the Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery efforts. The FPE will observe and provide oversight of TPS installations and testing inspection activities to ensure the highest level of quality control is achieved. As FPEs, they will be responsible for ensuring that fire codes and other life safety practices are adhered to, with regard to the sprinkler system installations in the manufactured housing units constructed by FEMA. Candidates do not have to be local but if not local, must be open to a temporary assignment on-site. Work periods last 50, 60 and 90 hours, averaging 10 hours per day.

  • Reviewing manufacturer installation manuals and other applicable instructions & specifications.
  • Reviewing any applicable project construction design documents for fire/life safety compliance.
  • Reviewing any applicable fire safety checklist information for newly leased facilities.
  • Witnessing acceptance testing of new TPS fire protection equipment.
  • Visiting MHU storage or property sites with teams to report on fire/life safety compliance.
  • Performing and/or observing investigations and/or analysis involving or relating to fire/life safety systems or MHU sprinkler systems.
  • Performing and/or observing data compiling, trending or tracking of fire/life safety-related elements to include: updating sprinkler and fire safety items within the IBTS database; tracking to resolution fire safety findings derived from inspections and testing; gathering and tracking fire safety checklists; and reviewing the FEMA construction project snapshot to identify scopes that impact sprinkler systems and fire/life safety.


  • Availability to start immediately.
  • Licensed fire protection engineer REQUIRED.
  • Fire Protection/Sprinkler Certifications can be in any State, including the District of Columbia, and Guam, that formally recognizes fire protection engineering as a separate discipline.
  • The FPE shall have at least 1 year of verifiable experience in building design and construction. The experience shall include the application of all aspects of sprinkler systems, fire protection, and life safety.
  • The FPE shall possess expert knowledge in the use and application of the National Fire Codes and Standards published by the National Fire Protection Association, the International Building Code and other codes published by the International Code Council.
  • The FPE shall have experience in acceptance testing of sprinkler and fire protection systems.
  • The FPE must possess outstanding interpersonal skills, written and oral communication skill, and the ability to work well with others in a team environment. Written reporting is a primary element of the job responsibilities.
  • Applicants must be able to commit to the minimum work schedule (5 days/6 days/9 days) at any given work period. Work days average 10 hours per day.


  • The FPE will be responsible for oversight of the installation/testing technicians working in teams to install Tank and Pump Systems ("TPS") in FEMA MHU's. The teams will be led by assigned Supervisors. The technicians shall be responsible for the proper installation of the TPS units. All installations must be tested and accepted by the Supervisors to meet FEMA requirements. The technicians shall correct any installation deficiencies found by the Supervisors. The IBTS FPE shall observe and report written findings daily associated with the installation / testing / inspection / approval process to the assigned IBTS project manager.
  • Each team will be capable of performing the following for each TPS installation. Where the TPS is already installed, the team will verify that each of the activities described below have been performed correctly and perform corrective action when necessary. Upon completion of the installation or inspection of the installation, the installation team will provide separate documentation describing the status of the TPS and any repairs that were made.
  • Verify that the site was prepared correctly
  • Verify that the TPS was mounted correctly
  • Establish proper ventilation
  • Install Alarm Bar
  • Connect water hose
  • Connect heat trace
  • Connect electrical
  • Fill water tank
  • Conduct low pressure test
  • Conduct high pressure test
  • Insulate water hose
  • Install sprinkler cover plates
  • Bring TPS to full operation
  • Conduct Manual Self-Test
  • Conduct bypass valve test

Physical Demands

  • The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside and outside of MHU's, buildings, active construction/installation sites, storage yards, and homes during inspections.
  • Constantly positions self or ascend/descend ladders for inspection including but not limited to climbing steps, moving through crawl spaces, attics, basements, etc. These actions include climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, accessing high places etc.
  • Frequently moves inspection equipment weighing up to 50 pounds to and from inspections.
  • Constantly works in all outdoor weather conditions.
  • Constantly operates computers, instruments, tools, or other testing and installation equipment.
  • Requires travel to and from inspection sites throughout City or Region, as directed by management.