Senior Discipline Fire Protection Engineer (12+ yrs) - #9820445

Coffman Engineers, Inc.

Date: 1 week ago
City: San Diego, CA
Contract type: Full time

At Coffman Engineers, we serve as both prime consultant and sub consultant on projects large and small, including commercial, retail, institutional, government, industrial, and project/construction management. Incorporated in 1979, we have employees in more than 21 locations serving clients across the United States and overseas.

To meet client objectives and to integrate our many disciplines, we can create teams comprised of civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, fire protection, and corrosion control, as well as project/construction managers and professionals in a variety of specialty services. This ability has made us a leader in the engineering and construction communities, and has strengthened our reputation as being progressive, innovative, and a great place to work.

The right team is more than an advantage, it’s a game changer!  We are seeking an entrepreneurial, dynamic, innovative, and quality-oriented Senior Discipline Fire Protection Engineer (12+ years) to join our team of professionals!

Coffman Engineers is seeking an engineer who is passionate about their craft, wants to work on a high-functioning team, and is looking for an environment that promotes professional growth. The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, have a desire to work and grow with a multi-discipline engineering team, and be willing to have fun.

You would be providing our clients with smoke control analysis and special inspection, fire resistant construction analysis, automatic suppression system design, fire detection, alarm and mass notification system design, life-safety code analysis, egress analysis, as well as general fire protection and life safety concepts and research. Will plan, schedule, conduct or coordinate detailed phases of the professional work as part of a major project or for a total project of moderate scope. Will supervise or coordinate the work of other professionals who assist in specific assignments. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Pursue new business opportunities with existing and new clients, including introducing existing clients to Coffman. Utilize client connections and relationships to cross-sell other disciplines to aid in Coffman's diversification and growth.  
  • Possess project management skills for managing internal projects as well as external client needs, managing multiple concurrent projects, leading design team efforts, managing budgets and financial management, and successful project delivery.  
  • Manage profitability of projects and maintain working relationships with clients. 
  • Provide fire protection consulting engineering services to a variety of potential clients, including but not limited to architects, developers, owners, government, and insurers.  
  • Provide fire and life safety code consulting for relevant CBC/ICC (IBC, IFC, IMC) codes and NFPA standards. 
  • Perform site visits and communicate with AHJ, architects, contractors, and consulting teams. 
  • Participate in and lead internal team meetings and external client meetings. 
  • Present design approaches to authorities having jurisdiction. 
  • Collaborate with multiple teams across multiple offices in a multi-discipline environment. 
  • Perform research and documentation for internal and external distribution. 
  • Attend and participate in local and national trade organizations, such as SFPE and NFPA. 
  • Provide mentorship to junior engineering staff. Mentor and train other less experienced engineers within Coffman to pass along knowledge to them and become a resource to advance their careers. 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited college or university in Fire Protection Engineering, Fire Sciences, or related engineering field. 
  • NICET level III / IV, or PE. 
  • Twelve plus years of experience in the fire protection engineering/consulting profession.
  • Travel is required.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including oral presentation skills.

Expected Salary Range: $140,000.00 to $150,000.00.
This position is not eligible for sponsorship.

Why You Want To Work Here

Coffman Engineers is a company that truly focuses on its employees. We support and encourage individually tailored professional and technical advancement as well as personal growth. We offer an excellent salary/benefits package, a desirable location, and a professional office environment with the opportunity to work with a collaborative team.  Our offices provide several engineering discipline services, which work together collaboratively to provide complete engineering design packages.

Coffman offers a flexible schedule and this position may be eligible for PTO, a fun office environment with a high-performing team and a fully stocked kitchen! We welcome the dedicated and the driven. Join us.

Don’t take our word for it. Check out what others are saying:

 Coffman at a Glance:

  • 45 years in business 
  • 750+ employees serving clients throughout the U.S. and overseas from more than 21 locations
  • Multi-discipline engineering services plus corrosion control, commissioning and project/construction management
  • #27 Top 80 Engineering Firms, Building Design+Construction, 2019
  • #29 Zweig Group Hot Firm List, Zweig Group, 2021
  • #157 Top 500 Design Firms, Engineering News-Record, 2022
  • #1 Top Workplace (Small), The San Diego Union-Tribune, 2020
  • #4 Best Places to Work (Large), San Diego Business Journal, 2021
  • #8 “The List” for Engineering Firms, San Diego Business Journal, 2021


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This position is direct with Coffman Engineers; we are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer of Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled individuals.

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