Aspiring fire engineers take courses in a variety of subjects all revolving around fire prevention, suppression, and general safety. Fire engineering programs can be found at technical schools, community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities.
Schools with Fire Engineer Programs
These schools offer programs related to fire engineering, and may include labwork and training in designing, constructing, and installing fire protection systems.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition 2015-2016*|
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,805 in-state, $9,450 out-of-state|
|Eastern Kentucky University||Richmond, KY||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$8,150 in-state, $17,640 out-of-state|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's||$2,834 in-state, $9,661 out-of-state|
|University of Akron Main Campus||Akron, OH||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$10,509 in-state, $19,040 out-of-state|
|Oklahoma State University||Stillwater, OK||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$7,778 in-state, $20,978 out-of-state|
|Vincennes University||Vincennes, IN||4-year, Public||Associate's||$5,375 in-state, $12,709 out-of-state|
|University of New Haven||West Haven, CT||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$35,650|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
School Selection Criteria
Students may want to consider the following when choosing a school:
- Certificates and associate's degrees take less time and cost less money than bachelor's programs.
- An associate's degree may help graduates to pursue entry level positions; however higher level positions often require a more advanced degree.
- Students may want to enroll in programs with up-to-date fire labs designed to give students realistic experience observing live fires and learning various methods of fire suppression.
- Some programs may offer internships or courses geared towards state licensure requirements.
Associate Degree in Fire Protection Engineering Technology
Associate degree programs in fire protection engineering may take 2-3 years to complete. General education classes are commonly required, as are basic science classes, such as chemistry and physics. Students may be required to complete a technical research project. Commonly offered courses include:
- Fire codes and hazards
- Water supply systems
- Building construction
- Alarm systems
Bachelor's Degree in Fire Protection Engineering
Bachelor's degree programs in fire protection engineering include general education courses, as well as basic math and science classes, such as calculus, physics and chemistry. Hands-on experience in lab and real-world settings is reinforced in upper-level coursework. Students take courses in:
- Fire modeling
- Risk management
- Water-based suppression
- Alarm system design
- Hazardous materials
Master's Degree in Fire Protection Engineering
Master's degree programs can be completed in two years and qualify students for advanced positions as fire protection engineers. A research project or thesis may be required, and internship opportunities may be available. Coursework might include:
- Fire dynamics
- Response to human behavior
- Principles of various fuel types
- Structural integrity
Many schools offer fire protection engineering programs at different levels, and may include hands-on training and experience. Students may wish to choose a program that offers internships or prepares students for state licensure.