Architect/Engineer II - Fire Protection Engineer

Company Name:
George Mason University
# Web Announcement
Fire Protection Engineer
George Mason University, Facilities Management invites applications for a Fire Protection Engineer vacancy.
The Fire Protection Engineer is responsible for providing professional and technical expertise and leadership in the area of fire protection engineering and related code compliance to George Mason University. The incumbent functions as the university's subject matter expert for all fire protection engineering, building life safety, and fire code compliance issues. The goal for this position is to ensure safe, properly constructed facilities by assuring that applicable building codes, the Construction and Professional Service Manual (CPSM); and the University Design Manual technical requirements, policies and practices are followed and properly incorporated into projects. This role begins at the early stages of project planning and budgeting, and continues through project completion. The reviewer provides support to the project managers by assisting with the development of the owner's project requirements, development of design requirements, evaluation of alternative approaches to project fire safety requirements, review of proposals and plans from architect/engineers (A/Es), and review of construction documents. Document review will be for conformance with good construction practices, economical solutions to program requirements, and proper application of new technologies. Additionally, a person in this position provides code analysis, and works cooperatively and in close coordination with the Bureau of Capital Outlay Management (BCOM) and the project A/Es to properly address application of building codes, and to identify and ensure correction of construction deficiencies. The incumbent will work closely with their counterpart at BCOM to understand general concerns with program-wide application, as well as project-level issues; and will use this knowledge to proactively update university design guidance, project specifications, and to address and resolve project-level design and construction code and contract compliance issues. This position will also provide designs and advice to university engineering technicians, project managers, and others in the development of construction documents for simple projects to be constructed with in-house forces or small contracts; and will be asked to assist in the analysis of existing facility conditions for the purposes of planning and budgeting for corrective actions by Facilities Management. The ultimate objective of this function is to help ensure the health, safety and welfare of occupants of buildings that are leased or owned by the university.
Based on extensive knowledge and professional-level experience in building code compliance, facility engineering, design and construction.
Reviews documents and directs corrections necessary for compliance with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), and other applicable codes for conformance before submission to BCOM for official review and/or prior to execution;
Reviews documents and directs corrections needed for compliance with the CPSM;
Reviews and directs corrections to be made for the proper design and specification of materials, finishes, roofs, and fire separation assemblies;
Analyzes BCOM review comments and consults with BCOM reviewers to determine correct code application; provides guidance to project managers, inspectors and designers; and develops standard, code-compliant design guidance, and requirements;
Meets with team members, designers and others to help resolve deficiencies and improve the quality of design and construction solutions;
Participates in building inspections of life safety systems and key building components related to fire and life safety, including building or system acceptance inspections;
Conducts and coordinates issues related to project submittal reviews;
Assists in analyzing existing buildings in advance of new projects to help establish scopes of work, and evaluate code-related impacts on project designs and costs;
Assists in the training and education of staff and interns within the Facilities Department to improve their knowledge and understanding of fire and life safety design and construction;
Works independently under the general supervision of assigned supervisor and in close coordination with other members of the university staff; and
Performs other duties as assigned.
Special licenses, registration or certification:
Virginia-licensed Professional Engineer (PE) is required. PEs licensed in another state must have the ability to become licensed in Virginia within one year; and
A valid Virginia driver's license is required.
Education or training (cite major area of study):
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)-accredited bachelor's of engineering degree is required. A bachelor's or master's of engineering degree with an emphasis on building systems, mechanical, or fire protection engineering is preferred; and
Must be able to use computer-based applications including, but not limited to: MS Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Excel programs.
Level and type of experience:
Extensive knowledge of building systems and the VUSBC and ADAAG;
The ability to effectively communicate technical matters verbally and in writing with the university community, contractors and A/Es in a courteous and business-like manner;
The ability to manage multiple and complex projects simultaneously;
The ability to serve as a technical resource in the areas of fire protection engineering and life safety systems for project managers, junior designers, and construction staff in program matters is required;
Substantial professional experience such as in an A/E professional practice, and in applying VUSBC, ADA90/ADAAG/ASAD codes and standards to building designs;
Substantial professional experience in building systems analysis, fire safety design, and construction practices for a variety of facility and construction types, sizes and uses; and
Must be physically able to climb ladders and tour construction sites.
# Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 00222z at by January 30, 2015 ; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
# Mason Ad Statement
Great Careers Begin at Mason!
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top _U.S. News and World Report_ "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.
Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.
If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at /!
George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.
Department: Facilities Management
Alternate Department Description: Facilities Project Management and Construction
Criminal Background Check: Standard Background Check
Restricted Position?: No, is eligible for layoff or severance benefits.
Job Category: Classified Staff
Role (State) Job Title: Architect/Engineer II - Fire Protection Engineer
Working Title: Fire Protection Engineer
Job Type: Full-Time
Position Number: 00222z
Recruit Number: Staff - 6985
Location: Fairfax
Pay Band: Payband 6
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Posting Date: 01/16/2015
Job Close Date: 01/30/2015
Open Until Filled?: No
Telework Friendly?: No
Equity Statement: George Mason University is an equal opportunity employer encouraging diversity.

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