State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $56,727.00-$91,075.00 Yearly




This is professional engineering work in the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The employee in this class is required to apply fire code technical standards to construction plans to secure compliance with the State Fire Prevention Code. All building construction except one- and two-family dwellings comes under the jurisdiction of this agency. The employee in this position reviews plans and specifications for the construction of buildings, and chemical, gas, and flammable liquid installations. The employee is required to evaluate construction material, mechanical devices and fire protection equipment for compliance with fire code requirements. The employee bears responsibility for the inspection of complicated industrial processes and for making recommendations to eliminate fire hazards. The work entails periodic visits to various county office buildings, to review proposed construction plans and specifications in order to secure compliance with the State Fire Prevention Code. This classification provides technical services to Field Investigators, assisting in the investigation of fires and explosions of an extensive nature, and advising on special hazard protection.

Employees in the classifications of Fire Protection Engineer I and II receive general supervision from the State Fire Marshal and the Chief Fire Protection Engineer. Most of the work performed by the employee in this position is rendered independently, with review only for results and conformance with policy. Employees work on occasion with local building and fire officials and with personnel of other State agencies.


Reviews plans and specifications for construction of dry cleaning plants, bulk plants storing combustible liquids, and plants manufacturing and storing butane and propane gas;

Inspects industrial plans for evaluation of hazardous processes;

Takes trips to various county offices to review proposed construction plans;

Evaluates storage facilities of chemical plans and similar type structures;

Confers with architects and engineers on methods of achieving fire code compliance;

Investigates explosions and fires of complex nature;

Prepares recommendations to insure fire code compliance in connection with inspections and with review of plans;

Addresses technical societies on fire protection procedures;

Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of the principles and practices of fire protection engineering as applied to all types of building occupancies and construction, chemical and flammable liquid hazards, and special hazards of various industrial operations.

Knowledge of pertinent fire laws and regulations; of fire inspection and investigation methods and techniques; of fire protection standards known as the National Fire Codes published by the National Fire Protection Association; of related building; architectural, and engineering standards and practices which impact on fire safety; of engineering design and application of all types of fire extinguishing, control, and detection systems used in various types of building occupancies; of the nature of common industrial processes, their special hazards, and standards for fire code compliance.

Ability to understand, analyze, and interpret architectural and engineering plans and specifications in civil, electrical, structural, and mechanical disciplines in order to assess the design impact of these professional disciplines on fire protection and life safety for fire code compliance; to review and approve proposed design and hydraulic calculations of engineered sprinkler systems and other types of fixed fire extinguishing systems; to make fire prevention inspections and assist in fire investigations of a complex nature; to prepare and clearly present detailed technical analyses of fire protection features of design and construction; to assess levels of fire safety of structures and hazardous processes for fire code compliance, to organize and complete work assignments in a competent, professional, timely and efficient manner; to establish and maintain good public relations; to research, review, and analyze fire research and technical reports of fire protection engineering for possible application to current problems in fire code compliance.


Education: Possession of a bachelor’s degree in fire protection engineering from an accredited four-year college or university.

Experience: Three years of professional experience in fire protection engineering work.

Education: Possession of a bachelor’s degree in engineering from an accredited four-year college or university.

Experience: Five years of professional experience in fire protection engineering work.

Note: Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Engineering classifications or Engineering specialty codes in the fire protection engineering field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


1. Some positions in this classification are assigned duties, which will require the individual to be examined by a physician. After an offer of employment, applicants for such positions will be given a medical examination to certify the ability to perform the essential job functions.

2. Employees are subject to call 24 hours a day and will be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where they can be reached.

3. Persons appointed to this position will be assigned duties in Baltimore; however, the position may involve travel throughout the State.


Class specifications are board descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

Date Established

Jul 1 1980 12:00AM

Date Revised

September 1, 2014

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 000096; EST: 7/1/1980; REV: 9/1/2014;

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