Los Alamos National Laboratory Fire Protection Engineer 3/4 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following duties of this position, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Serve as the subject matter expert for facility fire protection engineering issues, including all aspects of fire alarm design and evaluation, as well as for fire suppression design and evaluation matters.

  • Perform Fire Protection Engineering Studies including code analysis, hydraulic calculations, fire suppression methodology and media, and existing system forensics.

  • Complete fire protection and fire alarm designs for restoration, modernization, and construction projects to correct system deficiencies, improve system reliabilities, and increase material protection effectiveness, while enhancing life safety for LANL facilities.

  • Develop fire protection and fire alarm details, design/analysis calculations, specifications, etc. that incorporate the applicable design requirements for facility projects.

  • Interface and coordinate with other engineering disciplines and the customer during the development of project deliverables.

  • Support the associated safety analyses and hazards evaluations.

  • Implement the LANL Conduct of Engineering (COE) Program.

This position will be filled at either the Electrical Engineer 3 or 4 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Fire Protection Engineer 3 ($87,800 - $144,800) The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience and knowledge of NFPA Codes and Standards, with an emphasis on NFPA 13 and NFPA 72.

  • Analyzes, summarizes and/or reviews data; reports findings; interprets results and makes recommendations

  • Demonstrated ability to define objectives of assignments and determine the approach, methods, and procedures needed to achieve the desired goal.

  • Demonstrated sound technical experience in design and construction of fire alarm systems.

  • Demonstrated experience in the application of codes and standards in a highly regulated work environment.

  • Demonstrated experience in the development and application of fire modeling software.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimum guidance.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate well, both verbally and written

  • Demonstrated working ability in using the following software packages: AutoCad 2016, AutoSprink 2012, and SprinkCAD

In addition to the duties outlined above, the primary duties of this position include establishing, sustaining and monitoring fire protection engineering and loss prevention programs (Lab-wide and within facilities), facility and program assessment/surveillance programs, and enhanced fire alarm system operations programs, including life-cycle reliability. Working with all levels of Laboratory management and representing the Laboratory to external agencies and community organizations.

Fire Protection Engineer 4 ($105,600 - $178,300)In addition to the duties outlined above, the (higher level title) will be required to:

  • Demonstrated sound technical experience in design and construction of water based fire suppression systems.

  • Demonstrated leadership skill including clear focus on customer service, as well as, regulatory compliance.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement Fire Hazard Analysis.

  • Ability to coach and mentor other engineers

  • 10-12 years minimum experience as a fire protection engineer at a major commercial, industrial, DOE nuclear or NRC nuclear facility. (BS-MS in Fire Protection Engineering preferred)


  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Fire Protection Engineering Preferred)

  • 8 years minimum experience as a fire protection engineer at a major commercial, industrial, DOE nuclear or NRC nuclear facility.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of DOE standards applicable to electrical design implementation

  • Professional Engineering certification.

Notes to Applicants:

  • Although the vast majority of work is accomplished on-site, there may be infrequent travel associated with some work tasks.

  • Candidate must be willing to work shift work, beyond normal business hours.

  • Application materials include job specific cover letter and resume.

  • Provide specific contact information.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q(Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position:Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Term position: Regular-status Laboratory employees applying for term-status positions may retain regular status with approval of the cognizant Principle Associate Director.

Internal Applicants:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

Equal Opportunity:Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

The Fire Protection Engineering 3/4 (ENG 3/4) position within the Engineering Project Delivery Group of ES-DO will work with a team of engineering professionals responsible primarily for LANL facility and site design and analysis work and review of LANL construction projects to ensure compliance with LANL and nationally recognized codes and standards. The ENG 3/4 shall be responsible for the development of fire protection designs, calculations, drawings and specifications required for assigned projects. Additional responsibilities will include the development of Fire Hazard Analysis, and system adequacy analysis.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Pacheco, Barbara Gonzales

Organization Name: ES-EPD/ Engineering Project Delivery

Email: barbp@lanl.gov

Job Title: Fire Protection Engineer 3/4

Appointment Type: Term Appointment

Req ID: IRC65483