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The Profession of Fire Protection Engineering A career path choice forUniversity of St Thomas Engineering StudentsMinnesota ChapterSociety of Fire Protection EngineersPresentation to UST students13 March 2014

Agenda FOOD!IntroductionsFPE at USTSFPEWhat is a FPE? Masters in EngineeringFPE Experience from Recent Grads Q&A Discussion

Introductions Paul Rivers Senior Fire Protection Specialist, 3MNick Johnson Recent UST Grad, 3MDavid Stringfield Senior Fire Protection Engineer, Burns & McDonnell Colleen Raschke Recent UST Grad, Burns & McDonnellDr. James A. Milke Professional Chair of Engineering, University of Maryland

How did we get FPE at UST? Dr. Weinkauf

How Much Do FPEs Earn? Median Salary -- $110K 0-6years > 74K Note: From the SFPE 2012 Salary Survey

Benefits for FPEs Note: From the SFPE 2012 Salary Survey

What are the Steps to PE? Graduate from an ABET-accredited Engineering Degree ProgramPass the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE)Acquire Engineering Experience with Supervision of a Licensed EngineerPass the Principles & Practice of Engineering Exam (PE)

Licensure What is it?Why is it important to the public? Why is it important to you?

About SFPE www.sfpe.orgEstablished in 1950 4500 Members and 60 Chapters Advance the Science & Practice of FPEPromote FPE EducationFree Student MembershipFPE PE Exam SupportLocal Minnesota Chapter

SFPE Careers Website http://CAREERS.SFPE.ORG

Free Food at Local SFPE Meetings Open to all Engineer Students! Located at Grumpy’s Bar in Roseville Social Hour from 4:30pm – 5:30pm Dinner at 5:30pm Meeting starts 6:00pm Next Meetings: March 26 th , April 30 th , & May 28 th

Dave Stringfield/ Colleen Raschke What is a Fire Protection Engineer?

What is a Fire Protection Engineer? Use Science & Technology to Make Our World Safe from Fire

Why Are FPEs Important?Each Year in the US:> 3,000 Die from fire > 18,000 Injured > $10 Billion Property Damage Nearly 100 F/Fs Die Minneapolis, MN January 1, 2014

Fire Protection Strategic Goals 1. Life Safety2. Property Protection3. Continuity of Operations4. Environmental Protection5. Preservation of Cultural Heritage

Designing Safer Buildings Analyze How Buildings Are UsedHow Fires Start and GrowHow Fire & Smoke Affects People & PropertyDesign Systems that: Detect and Control FiresAlert People to DangerMeans for Escape Protect Structure




Historic Fires Our Lady of Angels Chicago, IL – 1958 (92 Died) Beverly Hills Supper ClubSouthgate, KY – 1977 (165 Died) Hotel Winecoff Atlanta, GA – 1946 (119 Died) Triangle Shirtwaist New York City– 1911 (146 Died)

Historic Fires St. Anthony Hospital Fire Effingham, IL – 1949 (74 Died) Ohio Penitentiary Fire Columbus, OH – 1930 (322 Died) Phillips Refinery Fire Pasadena, TX – 1989 (23 Died) Iroquois Theatre Fire Chicago, IL – 1903 (605 Died)

Historic Fires Station Nightclub Rhode Island – 2003 (100 Died)MGM Grand Hotel Las Vegas, NV – 1980 (85 Died)

Where Do FPEs Work? Consulting FirmsBurns & McDonnell EngineeringFutrellHughes AssociatesKoffel AssociatesMichaud Cooley EricksonSummit Consulting

Where Do FPEs Work? Fire protection system manufacturers Federal, state and local governments Building and Fie Code Officials Corporations (Private and government) Insurance firms Academia/Research Contractors

Fire Protection Education Masters in Fire Protection EngineeringProgram RequirementsApplicationRequired Courses

Demand for FPEs Far Exceeds Available Supply Graduates Have Employment OpportunitiesTop Employers Indicate Trouble Finding Qualified FPEs

Recent Graduate Experience Burns & McDonnellWide Variety of Projects

Recent Graduate Experience The ProcessReview IBC, IFC, NFPA Codes & StandardsDesign layoutCoordinate with other Disciplines Layout sent to Contractor Contractor returns Detailed Design

Professor Milke - University of Maryland requirements for enrolling in a Masters in Engineering - FPE See UMD brochureSee UST handout – how to access UMD website via

Nicholas Johnson Recent Graduate Experience What 3M does for Fire Protection

Lab Scale Extinguishing Test-Cup Burner Method to determine the extinguishing Concentration of a particular clean agent

Large Scale Testing Test Enclosure Test System

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