The San José Fire Department's (SJFD) mission is to serve the community by protecting life, property, and the environment through prevention and response. SJFD is a high-volume, high-performance, “all hazard” fire department, responding to approximately 93,000 calls for service each year from 33 Fire Stations. SJFD’s service area includes a number of high-hazard occupancies, including an international airport; a municipal airport; seven major hospitals (including three trauma centers, and seven emergency departments); the SAP Center, home of the NHL San José Sharks, (maximum occupancy 17,500); San José State University (the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast), student population of 33,409; three super regional malls; approx.100 high-rise structures; and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The San José Fire Department (SJFD) is seeking to fill four (4) Associate Engineer positions in the Bureau of Fire Prevention (BFP). Please note that three (3) positions are permanent and one (1) position is temporary limit dated, through June 30, 2020.The Bureau of Fire Prevention (BFP) Development Division contributes to the Department’s mission through its primary focus on key areas of responsibility that include; public education and outreach services, investigation of fires to determine cause and origin, and code compliance activities such as plan review and inspection.
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Under the general supervision of a Senior Engineer, the Associate Engineer position performs a variety of professional engineering, plan review, and inspection work.
Typical duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Examine plans, perform calculations and review specifications for commercial, industrial, and residential buildings for compliance with the California Building Code, California Fire Code, California State Fire Marshal regulations, and
applicable NFPA standards and local ordinances.
Provide technical advice to consultants, architects, engineers, contractors, developers, department officers and staff, and the Fire Marshal on the application or interpretation of fire safety codes/regulations, and on the resolution of fire safety issues found in the preliminary design of buildings.
Analyze and evaluate proposals for alternate materials, methods of construction, and/or variances to fire safety codes and regulations.
Conduct field inspections to ensure that the finished construction complies with approved plans.
The subject of the incumbent’s tasks will be focused on one or more of the following Sections of BFP areas: Building Life Safety Systems, Fire Suppression Systems, Fire Detection/Fire Alarm Systems, Hazardous Materials and Site Development.
Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the required professional engineering discipline (e.g. Fire Protection, Mechanical, Electrical,Civil, etc.) or possession of an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certificate.
Experience: Three (3) years of increasingly responsible professional engineering experience.
Acceptable Substitution: A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the required professional engineering discipline (e.g. Fire Protection, Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, etc.) may be substituted for one (1) year of professional engineering experience.
Licenses or Certificates: Possession of a valid State of California’s driver’s license is required.
Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.
The ideal candidate will possess the following desirable competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history:
Job Expertise – Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.
Knowledge of codes and standards relevant to building life safety and fire protection.
Experience examining building plans to ensure compliance with building fire safety and fire protection.
Experience in the design, evaluation, and inspection testing of fire/life safety components such as building apparatuses, fire suppression systems, fire alarm systems, and/or HazMat systems.
Possession of certifications and/or licenses related to the field of fire protection.
Communication Skills – Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.
Analytical Thinking – Approaches a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.
Customer Service – Demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently using professional demeanor.
Decision Making – Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities; uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions.
Planning – Acts to align own unit's goals with the strategic direction of the organization; Defines tasks and milestones to achieve objectives, while ensuring the optimal use of resources to meet those objectives.
Problem Solving – Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.
Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills – Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.
The San José Fire Department's (SJFD) core mission is to serve the community by protecting life, property, and the environment through prevention and response. SJFD is a high-volume, high-performance, all-risk Fire Department that protects approximately 200 square miles including, residential, commercial, high-rise, wildland interface areas, and several high-hazard occupancies. With a staff of over 800 personnel and 33 fire stations, SJFD crews responded to 91,900 calls for service in 2018-2019. For additional information visit sjfd.org