Fire Protection Engineer


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Fire Protection Engineer for Facilities Design and Construction.

Job Summary:

Provide professional-level services for the design, estimation, and documentation of fire protection systems. The candidate will work within a multi-disciplined design team dedicated to providing highly technical solutions for complex facility modification requirements.


1. Generate construction documentation, perform engineering calculations for fire suppression, prepare material and labor estimates, and perform life safety and fire protection analysis ensuring existing and new facilities are code compliant.

2. Consult with customers and facilities operations personnel to gather and develop program requirements, validate scope requirements, conduct cost analysis, perform field surveys, and document existing conditions of fire protection systems infrastructure.

3. Coordinate with other design professionals in a team environment to apply efficient technical guidance to meet the requirements for complex renovation and new construction projects. Conduct value engineering reviews.

4. Review drawings prepared by consultants to ensure life safety and fire code compliance. Develop criteria for acceptance of fire protection systems, monitor, and inspect the installation of fire protection systems. Coordinate and partner with county code officials to ensure campus compliancy.

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at the time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

  • Have a B.S. degree in fire protection engineering or has passed the principles and practices examination in fire protection engineering
  • Maintain a current Maryland Professional Engineer (PE) license in fire protection engineering or can acquire one within the first 6 months of employment
  • Possess eight years of experience in application and interpretation of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Codes and Standards and the model building codes.
  • Possess in-depth knowledge of Life Safety requirements described in NFPA 101.
  • Have the capability to build strong positive rapport with local building code officials

Demonstrated proficiency in the use and application of:
  • Autodesk® AutoCAD computer-aided design and drafting software.
  • Microsoft Windows®, Excel®, and Outlook®.
  • Developing construction estimates to include a Bill-of –Materials based on the design documents
  • Scheduling
  • Ability to work in a dynamic team environment and possess highly effective interpersonal skills.
  • Must possess a current state-of-residence driver's license.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated experience in the use and application of Autodesk Revit® Building Information Modeling (BIM) Software strongly desired.
  • Prior experience designing for laboratory and data center applications.
  • Prior experience working in a multi-building campus environment.

Special Working Conditions:

Requires the operation of APL vehicles. Occasional travel and overtime may be required. Ability to work from ladders, scaffolding, roofs, inspect below desks, ductwork, pipes, crawl spaces, lift 50 lbs, etc.


Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.


APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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