Fire Protection Engineer (Cao), C - 510775

Tennessee Valley Authority Chattanooga , TN 37402

Posted 6 days ago


Fire Protection Engineer (CAO), C - 510775

Organization: Facilities

Department: Architecture & Engineering

Location: Chattanooga, TN

Posting Open: 2/15/2021

Posting Close: 3/07/2021 at 11:59 PM EST

Salary: Competitive

Job Summary

Serves as the expert level fire protection-engineering consultant to all TVA organizations. Has the responsibility for providing corporate fire protection engineering services in both programmatic and technical matters.

Works with corporate and line management in the development and/or interpretation of fire protection policy and standards as applied to the protection of life, property loss prevention, and the interruption of business operations. Works closely with architects and engineers by providing fire protection engineering consultation for the design of new commercial and power generating facilities and for fire protection improvements to existing facilities.

Conducts risk assessments to evaluate the potential for loss of life and property damage from the threat of fire and other similar perils.

Provides project management and engineering services for multimillion-fire protection upgrade projects. Responsible as fire protection expert in matters such as life safety, property protection and industrial loss prevention. Has routine contact with senior level managers at both the corporate offices and at the power plants.

Duties in more detail include:

  • Performs the most difficult fire protection audits of TVA fossil and nuclear plants, sites and facilities. Work consists of evaluating systems, programs and facilities for compliance with NRC and other regulatory requirements and adequacy of designs and administrative controls, etc.

  • Performs complex fire risk assessments using probability based and recognized industry based methodologies to assist management in developing operational and planning business decisions.

  • Provides testing and detailed evaluation of system performance for fire protection systems and life safety features and associated equipment at commercial, power generating, power distribution facilities.

  • Reviews design drawings and specifications to ensure an optimal, cost effective level of fire protection is provided.

  • Uses extensive experience and sound engineering judgment to formulating innovative and cost effective solutions to difficult fire protection problems, including system designs.

  • Performs project management and engineering functions for multimillion fire protection improvement projects to ensure that contractor designed and installed systems meet all contractual technical specifications, are tested and meet all acceptable performance criteria, and systems are completed on schedule and within budget.

  • Provides training for plant personnel in operation and maintenance of new fire protection systems.

  • Investigates large loss and other unusual fire loss incidents for determination of causal factors that may prevent future incidents.

  • Available as a technical service resource providing expeditious technical assistance in areas of life safety , fire protection engineering, loss prevention, code compliance and other related subjects to all TVA engineers and managers upon request.

Supervision Received

Supervision and guidance are provided by the department manager and are generally limited to overall objectives, general guidelines, and work priorities. Incumbent plans and executes the work with minimal supervision.

Skills and Proficiencies (May be job or organization specific)

Comprehensive knowledge and in-depth ability to use fire protection engineering theory, principles, practices and state-of-the-art technology. Expert working knowledge of both fire suppression and fire detection systems and the necessary mechanical and electrical interfaces between them and other building systems.

Proficient in fluid hydraulic theory to evaluate and design water based fire suppression and water supply systems. Strong working knowledge of the Life Safety Code. Expert working knowledge of building codes and fire codes and the ability to apply to both commercial and industrial facilities.

Comprehensive working knowledge of fire investigative techniques and related forensic sciences. Extensive hands-on experience on all types of fire protection systems to perform operational testing, trouble shooting and employee training. Expert level computer skills in computer fire and hydraulic modeling.

Minimum Qualifications (Consistent with Classification Standard)

Education and Experience/Certificates, Licenses, and Registration Requirements/Other Requirements

A B.S. Degree in fire protection engineering or a related field of engineering from an accredited university.

Ten or more years of progressive experience in fire protection engineering.

Must be eligible for acceptance as a Member Grade in the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.

Must be multi-task oriented, have excellent written and oral communication skills, and demonstrate excellent analytical, creative problem solving, customer focus, and leadership skills. Professional engineering registration by exam in fire protection in the State of Tennessee is required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

TVA values and embraces diversity. We encourage all individuals to apply regardless of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sex, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status and age. We strive to be inclusive of all the people we serve across the Valley.

TVA is an Equal Opportunity employer and complies with all applicable laws and regulations regarding equal employment opportunities. Any applicant or employee who believes s/he has a discrimination claim (including harassment or retaliation) must contact TVA's Equal Opportunity Compliance office within 45 calendar days of the event or action s/he believes to constitute discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

Drug-Free Workplace

All TVA Non-Nuclear employees are covered by TVA's Federal Drug-Free Workplace Program Plan, in accordance with Executive Order 12564, Public Law 100-71 and the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing. Information regarding the Drug Free Workplace Program can be found at

TVA Non-Nuclear employees in Testing Designated Positions, including those performing safety-sensitive duties are also subject to random drug testing. TVA Nuclear employees are subject to random alcohol and drug tests in accordance with 10 CFR Part 26 as mandated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

How to Claim Vet Preference

If you are a U.S. Military Veteran and would like to be considered a preference-eligible veteran for the purposes of your employment application to TVA, please take the necessary actions outlined in the application process. Please submit your military documents each time you apply for a position.

How to Submit Documentation:

  1. Upload documents after you complete the application by clicking Careers Home, Cover Letters and Attachments, and Add Attachment, or

  2. Email documents to [email protected]

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Fire Protection Engineer (Cao), C - 510775

Tennessee Valley Authority