5215 Fire Protection Engineer

Recruitment #CCT-5215-904453



CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  For details on how it is applicable to your employment, please click here.

Please be sure to read this entire job announcement before completing an application.

Description of Position

Under general direction, performs challenging and responsible professional engineering review and inspection work in the specialized field of fire prevention and safety, and advises fire inspection personnel engaged in fire prevention work.


Examples of Important and Essential Duties

According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.


1. Reviews fire protection plans and systems, equivalency proposals, permit applications, subdivision and parcel maps, etc., to ensure compliance with applicable codes, ordinances, and standards; reviews site permits, architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing plans and specifications for code compliance; ensures that fire code provisions are included where hazardous processes and/or dangerous chemicals or radioactive materials are involved; and submits recommendations to the Fire Marshal for approval or disapproval of plans or specifications.


2. Advises and provides training to Fire Department personnel regarding applicable codes, technical engineering aspects of fire prevention work, plan review, and technical research; prepares technical documents as appropriate; and assists the Chief, Division of Fire Prevention and Investigation (Fire Marshal) in the training of Fire Department Personnel.


3. Inspects and witnesses acceptance tests for fire protection systems; and participates in inspections of buildings and other structures periodically during the course of construction to ensure compliance with approved fire protection plans and testing procedures.


4. Interacts with members of the public (contractors, architects, engineers, building managers, and owners, etc.) and other government agencies regarding fire code, standard, and ordinance issues; gives lectures and arranges life-safety demonstrations; and represents the Fire Department on fire code and technical issues as necessary.


5. Reviews codes, ordinances, and fire protection standards from other jurisdictions for possible local applications; assists in the development of new codes and ordinances; assists in the revision of codes, ordinances, standards, and Fire Department Administrative Bulletins; and reviews new products, listings, materials, fire protection systems and equipment for use in local fire prevention applications.


6. Provides professional, technical guidance and assistance to the department in the design, testing, and potential of proposed new fire-fighting apparatus and equipment as well as fire-retardant materials.


7. Investigates sites of fires and makes determinations regarding possible structural, mechanical, alarm, fire extinguishing, or other safety system failures; prepares reports as required.


8. Evaluates performance-based analysis to determine whether proposed fire protection systems are acceptable with regard to the intent of codes, standards, and ordinances; evaluates conditions as necessary to ensure that a proposed performance-based design is acceptable; communicates acceptability of performance-based designs to Fire Department officials; and performs and analyzes results of hydraulic water flow tests.


9. May act for the Senior Mechanical Engineer in his/her absence.

Minimum Qualifications

This examination is open to individuals meeting all of the minimum qualifications listed below.

Possession of a baccalaureate degree in fire protection, mechanical, electrical, chemical, or civil engineering, or a related engineering field, from an accredited college or university.

Six (6) years of professional experience in fire protection analysis including building design, specification writing, construction inspection, and plan review (including reading and interpreting architectural plans, computer fire modeling, and review of fire protection and life safety systems such as sprinkler and fire pump systems, smoke removal systems, fire resistive construction, means of egress, etc.)

License and Certification:
A valid Driver License.
Possession of a valid Fire Protection Engineer license issued by the California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers

A degree in fire protection engineering from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.

A valid registration as a Fire Protection Engineer from another state (which is transferable to the State of California) may substitute for the required Fire Protection Engineer license.

The FPE license may be obtained post hire but must be obtained during the 12-month probationary period. In accordance with Civil Service Rule 117.4, an appointing officer, with the approval of the Human Resources Director, may extend the probationary period of a probationary appointee for up to a maximum of twelve (12) calendar months in order to allow the employee time in which to obtain the license. 

Finalists from out of state will need to obtain a valid CA Driver's License in accordance with CA DMV. 

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Application filing will be open until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. 24-hour notice will be provided prior to closing the application filing period. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.


  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen


In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice. As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.


IMPORTANT:  Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following address @sfgov.org.


Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.


All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.


Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility or disqualification.


Upon successful submittal of the application online, you will receive an email acknowledging the receipt of the application. If you are having difficulty submitting your application online or if you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the exam analyst, Deana Kwan by telephone at 415.557.4882, or by email at Deana.kwan@sfgov.org.



Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456

: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying):

Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Application materials [CCSF application and resume] will be screened to determine that applicants meet the minimum qualifications to advance in the selection process. The application or resume’ must include your role and the tasks that you performed in the qualifying work, as well as project details such as type and size of building; type of construction; occupancy type; whether you performed design and/or plan review tasks; the dates during which the work was performed; and the code and/or additions under which the work was approved. Qualified candidates will be invited to a performance exam.


Performance Exam (Weight 100%)

The performance exam will be designed to measure essential knowledge areas and abilities. Details on these knowledge areas and abilities can be found from among, but not limited to, the following:

Knowledge of: fire protection engineering methods and practices; installed fire extinguishing/alarm and other fire protection systems; safety practices to be followed in structures where hazardous solids, liquids, or gases are to be manufactured, used or stored; firefighting equipment, its uses, capabilities, and limitations; the California Building Code as it relates to fire protection and life safety; National Fire Protection Association Codes and Standards; the California Fire Code; the Health and Safety Code and Title 19 as each relates to fire protection; effective methods of training; correct grammar, spelling, and syntax to write coherent reports and correspondence; computer modeling and engineering analyses to evaluate proposed performance-based designs; the principles of hydraulics related to water supply delivery; computer software such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, PowerPoint, etc.; statistics regarding testing and performance of fire protection and life safety systems; structural fire protection; the nature and characteristics of fire and related hazards; how fires originate, develop, and spread; fire prevention practices; different types of elevator systems; manual and automatic fire detection systems; fire protection systems and practices; the effects of fire and fire effluents on buildings, fire prevention and detection systems, and human behavior; the practical difficulties faced in implementing the provisions of codes, standards, and regulations; the hazards and risks associated with fire; the methods and practices of performance-based analysis; engineering standards, calculation methods, and other forms of scientific information appropriate for performance-based application and methodology; the sources, methodologies, and data used in fire-modeling analysis and performance-based design; the extent of acceptance in the professional community of system/ performance evaluations; the correct documentation of methods of mathematical modeling; and statistics regarding performance-based design.

Ability and Skill to: evaluate engineering, sprinkler, architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing plans, designs, and specifications to ensure compliance with applicable codes, ordinances, and standards; evaluate construction materials to ensure compliance with applicable codes, ordinances, and standards; evaluate smoke control analysis reports to ensure compliance with applicable codes, ordinances, and standards; perform hydraulic water flow test and analyze the results of the test; work effectively with engineering and fire protection professionals; make critical decisions in stressful situations; communicate effectively with peers, supervisors, and members of the public from different cultures and backgrounds; make public presentations regarding fire protection, inspection, and investigation; write technical reports, memos, and letters using correct grammar, spelling, and syntax; analyze and creatively resolve conflicts between code and operational and economic concerns; be tactful in dealings with higher authorities regardless of whether the authority is technically or organizationally higher; interpret federal, state, and local codes, ordinances, and standards pertaining to fire protection; work efficiently with minimal supervision to complete assigned tasks expeditiously; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other governmental agencies; understand and articulate the goals and objectives of the Department regarding building construction and alteration; identify fire hazards and risks in order to take corrective action; identify regulatory compliance issues; perform and communicate with Department personnel regarding the acceptability of performance-based analyses; verify the implementation of performance-based designs via construction documents and field observations; evaluate conditions necessary to ensure that a performance-based design will function effectively over the life of the building; correctly document methods of mathematical modeling, and recognize the limitations of modeling and calculation, and to understand resulting implications; determine whether various methods of performance-based design are based on sound scientific principles; determine whether proposed applications are within the scope and limitations of the supporting information, including the range of applicability for which documented validation exists; evaluate the performance criteria that will be used to judge trial designs; and evaluate fire design scenarios; and assess whether a particular design meets the a priori performance criteria.


The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.  The duration of candidates’ eligibility on the list will be 24 months and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.


The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this selection process will be the “Rule of Three Scores”.


Department Selection Process

Candidates whose names appear on the adopted eligible list will be invited by the Fire Department to participate in additional selection process steps including interviewsThe decision of the Appointing Officer as to an applicant’s qualifications for further screening and appointment will be final.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  [Note: Correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement. Information concerning other Civil Service Commission [CSC] Rules involving announcements, applications, and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the CSC website at http://sfgov.org/civilservice/rules.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process.


Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.


Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.


Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:


Exam Type: Entrance
Issued: 6/8/2021
Carol Isen
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number:

DHR/ DK / 415.557-4882


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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