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Fire Protection Engineer (Early/Mid-Career)

Livermore, CA

Job ID: 687648

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Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Salary Range:

$86,600 - $166,600

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Are you passionate about your work and dream of using your knowledge and experience in Fire Protection Engineering? If so, you could the highly motivated Fire Protection Engineer we are seeking to join our team!

In this role, you will work with the Authority Having Jurisdiction for fire protection matters at Sandia. You will use engineering analyses to provide technical justifications for design decisions, fire system life cycle management, and accident analysis. You will have the opportunity to employ the scientific method in performing fire investigations to determine origin and cause. This role will also partner with line management to develop performance-based solutions that ensure mission work aligns with the Department of Energy (DOE) fire safety objectives and the intent of fire and life-safety code requirements.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Perform fire hazards analyses for nuclear facilities in support of the Safety Basis and Documented Safety Analysis Rule processes and support performance-based designs that are a departure from the prescriptive code requirements that enable mission work while effectively protecting workers, the public, the environment, and key national assets.

  • Review and approve architectural and fire protection drawings, engineering calculations, and other design documents for new construction or modification of existing facilities.

  • Develop and implement fire prevention programs and procedures to eliminate personnel injury and minimize property damage due to fire and explosion.

  • Develop inspection, testing, and maintenance requirements for fire protection systems.

  • Perform facility and life-safety evaluations to determine fire risk and provide effective and efficient engineered solutions to mitigate risk.

  • Perform and review hydraulic calculations for determining acceptable water supply designed to meet fire suppression demands.

  • Develop emergency services baseline needs assessment to document the minimum services needed to support life safety and property protection.

  • Perform fire characterization analyses for a high volume of diverse chemical materials, enabling Research and Development organizations to maintain laboratory operations within the building safety basis envelope.

  • Participate in external industry consensus codes and standards, developing technical committees to help promulgate advancements in fire protection designs.

  • Research issues in such areas as fluid mechanics, fire dynamics, chemistry, hydraulics, thermodynamics, control systems, chemical kinematics, and heat transfer for metals, plastics, composite, and other structural building materials.

  • Apply research to the design, development, construction, installation, and decommissioning of electrical, mechanical, civil, structural, and architectural elements.

  • Analyze the ability of building systems and components to withstand stresses imposed by conditions such as temperature, seismic, and other natural phenomenon hazards and perform analysis of system operation to design requirements.

This position will be part-time telecommuting, requiring the successful candidate to be on-site approx. 40% of the time, and live in the greater Albuquerque area.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Fire Protection Engineering/Technology plus four (4) years of relevant experience; or Master’s degree with a license as a Fire Protection Engineer.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain an active DOE Q-level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Master's degree in Fire Protection Engineering or Technology.

  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Certified Fire Protection Specialist plus a combination of relevant education and experience.

  • Understanding of applicable federal laws, regulations, building/fire codes, executive orders, and DOE Orders related to fire protection and highly protected risk concepts.

  • Understanding of intent and the independent and interdependent relationship between applicable building codes, fire codes, and national consensus codes and standards.

  • Experience using and interpreting the IBC and its referenced codes/standards (e.g.,NFPA) applicable to a diverse set of operations that include hazardous, industrial, business, assembly, and storage occupancies.

  • Knowledge of the NFPA requirements associated with inspection, maintenance and testing of fire protection systems.

About Our Team:

The Building & Fire Safety Department provides for protection of workers, the public, the environment, and property from fire and its related hazards. We apply integrated technical judgment, requiring the use of the scientific method to recognize problems, collect data through observation and research, and to engineer, innovate, and deliver fire protection solutions, enabling Sandia National Laboratories to accomplish its missions, while protecting workers, the public, the environment, and key national assets. We apply knowledge in the fundamentals of science and engineering, while demonstrating a deep understanding of engineering and scientific principles in a risk-informed, performance-based arena. Our team creates unique solutions by applying scientific and engineering methods to prevent and mitigate fire and life safety hazards in a highly regulated environment, including nuclear, accelerator, explosive, flammable liquids and solids, semi-conductor research, and test and manufacturing facilities. We see computational fire dynamic modeling simulation and analysis to evaluate and develop performance-based solutions in areas not addressed by the prescriptive industry consensus codes.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide

  • Extraordinary co-workers

  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world

  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities

  • Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

  • Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Job ID: 687648

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in California

  • Close proximity to first-tier universities, Silicon Valley companies, and other top research laboratories and facilitiesM
  • Access to California’s finest public and private schoolsM
  • VineyardsM
  • BeachesM
  • State ParksM
  • Sports – Nearby major league franchisesM
  • Art havenM
  • Proximity to SF Bay AreaM

Learn more about Life in Livermore, California

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