2018 Fall Scholarship Deadline

As a reminder, the June 30, 2018 application deadline for Fall Semester scholarships is fast approaching. A maximum of three scholarships will be given. The Chapter will sponsor a maximum of $3000 per semester for each scholarship. Additional money from corporate sponsorship may also be available.

Please share this opportunity with those who may be interested. For more detailed information see the Scholarships page on the website.

2018 Future City Competition

SFPE Chicago Members Marty Pabich and Paul Hart judged this years future city competition at UIC on January 20, 2018. Thank you Marty and Paul for volunteering your time to this excellent event!

The Most Innovative Fire Protection Design award sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) was awarded to St. Gilbert School with their city named Techoria.

Marty recounts, “The highlight of the futuristic fire protection was the use of electronic magnetic pulse generation to control fire size to allow for the fire fighters to move/control/suppress/extinguish with wands. The future sure sounds attractive!”

Illiana Chapter IFPS – September 27 Breakfast Meeting

Illiana Chapter – IFPS
Topic: What’s New At Victaulic Fire Protection

Brian Carlos of Victaulic Fire Protection will present Victaulic’s new 1 inch Innovative Groove System (IGS)
for joining pipe and fittings. No oil, no smell, no tape, no dope, no mess!

Bring a friend along and remember, fire service personnel in uniform get a free breakfast.

You will get a good breakfast and be out between 9 and 10 AM, giving you the rest of the day to apply to your needs
at work. PLEASE be sure to CALL TODD at 708-423-7066 or email at tschum3063@aol.com (preferred) by 1 PM,
Monday, September 25th so we may have a good count for the breakfast.

Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time: Breakfast and meeting: 7:30 AM
Presentation: 8:00 AM
Location: Country House Restaurant
5400 West 127th Street, Alsip, IL
Cost: $15.00 for breakfast off the menu
Reservations: Call or email Todd Schumann at
708-423-7066 or tschum3063@aol.com (preferred)

Up Coming: Chicago Chapter of SFPE will be doing an Educational Seminar at UL in
September and Annual Golf Outing in October. See www.chicagosfpe.org
for more info.

The Fire Museum of Greater Chicago will be holding a fund raiser on
October 7th, 2017 from 4 pm to 9 pm at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W
115th Street, Merrionette Park, Il. $25 per person ($30 at the door) adn
includes beer, wine, pop , food and raffle prizes.

Illiana Meeting, November 29, 2017

For additional information regarding meetings and/or changes in schedule, please contact
Todd Schumann at: tschum3063@aol.com.

National Fire Protection Association Industrial Section

Link to full meeting flyer – Illiana Chapter IFPS Sep 2017 Meeting Flyer

Fall Semester Scholarship Application Deadline

As a reminder, the June 1, 2017 extended application deadline for Fall Semester scholarships is fast approaching. A maximum of three scholarships will be given. The Chapter will sponsor a maximum of $3000 per semester for each scholarship. Additional money from corporate sponsorship may also be available.

Please share this opportunity with those who may be interested. For more detailed information see the Scholarships page on the website.

2017 CCHRB Seminar – Heavy Timber High Rise

Chicago Chapter SFPE Member Carl Baldassarra and Amanda Kimball will be two of the presenters at the 2017 Chicago Committee on High-Rise Buildings Seminar.

Click here to visit the CCHRB website for more information on this excellent event that SFPE Chicago is co-sponsoring.


Presentations and Speakers:

  • High Rise Timber – Technology and Trends
    Benton Johnson; Associate, SOM, Chicago
  • Tall Wood Buildings: Products, Design Process and a Case Study
    Bernhard Gafner; Partner; ACC Structural Engineers, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Opportunities, Benefits and Challenges of Building Taller Wood Buildings
    Jeff Morrow; Program Manager, LendLease Construction, Nashville, TN
    William R. Tobin III; Master Superintendent, Vice President, LendLease, Nashville, TN.
  • Fire Safety Codes and the Mass Timber High Rise
    Carl Baldassarra, Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner; Chicago, IL.
    Amanda Kimball, Research Project Manager, NFPA Fire Protection Research Foundation, Quincy, MA
  • River Beech Tower
    Todd Snapp; Partner, Perkins + Will, Chicago, IL.
  • Round Table Discussion
    A panel discussion and Q&A session of all presenters moderated by Dick Fencl

Fire Protection Engineer (Entry Level)

Position Title: Fire Protection Engineer (Entry Level)
Company Name: The Fire Protection International Consortium, Inc.
Job Location: Woodridge, IL

Job Description:
The FPI is looking to hire an individual with experience, or desire to learn Fire Protection design and consulting services for business and industry.

  • Fire System Design: Fire alarm, automatic sprinkler, fire pumps, clean agent systems, smoke control systems, master water systems.
  • Building Code Consultation: Building code analysis, negotiations with code officials, life safety analysis, performance-based design, evaluating documentation, high pile permit drawings.
  • Additional Specialized Fire Services: Hazard analysis; high pile analysis; code evaluations; emergency response plan; review of your existing and future fire protection and life safety systems; assist in negotiations with building and fire code officials; develop performance specifications for fire detection and fire alarm systems, sprinkler systems, fire pumps and suppression systems; statement of conditions; construction observation and management; witness acceptance testing of fire protection systems; review of contractor design drawings and calculations; assist in the permit process; analysis of combustible liquids, hazardous materials and flammable liquids storage; equipment arrangement, location and selection; water supply analysis and diagnostic testing of distribution systems; evaluation of fire barriers; evaluation of insurance company protection requirements.

Minimum Experience and Qualifications:

  • Engineering degree in related engineering discipline, mechanical, electrical, architectural.
  • New graduates can apply for this position.
  • Experience in the design of fire alarm and sprinkler systems and fire code consulting is desirable but not necessary.
  • Experience in warehouse protection schemes is a plus.

Salary range and benefits:
Negotiable based on experience.

Resume Submission/Application Instructions:
Submit resume to:
Jerry Schultz and Dave Polensky
j.schultz@the-fpi.com & dave@the-fpi.com

Questions please contact
Dave Polensky

Lead Mechanical Engineer, Fire Protection, PAE Consulting Engineers

Position Title: Lead Mechanical Engineer, Fire Protection
Company Name: PAE Consulting Engineers
Job Location: Portland, OR

Job Description:
The following job description is a general summary of duties typically performed in this position. It is not all-inclusive and is not an employment contract. PAE employees are expected to perform duties as assigned by management.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Project team leadership and management
  • Active participant in firm leadership and management
  • Able to effectively communicate design options to a diverse stakeholder group
  • Completes the project within the budget and schedule
  • Extensive knowledge of engineering systems, codes, and other disciplines
  • Provide training and development for staff
  • Determine preliminary fire/domestic water requirements for various building types
  • Evaluate water flow test results to determine if adequate pressure and flow is available or if fire pump is required
  • Update master specifications and standards, and improve company processes
  • Develops client relationships
  • Specify appropriate fixed fire protection systems, i.e. automatic fire detection and suppression to support fire engineering design solutions

Key Competencies & Skills:

  • Inspires and motivates staff
  • Leads and manages projects successfully and profitably
  • Serve as a technical resource for the company
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Limited AutoCad/Revit
  • Engineering calculation and performance simulation software

Minimum Experience and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering for discipline work
  • Knowledge of NFPA standards
  • Requires a minimum of three-five years industry experience

Company Description:
At PAE, we like to think of ourselves as a little bit different from most engineering firms. Here’s why:

  • We care intensely about envisioning and creating sustainable building systems, and work every day to break new ground in the world of sustainable design.
  • We have a closer affinity to the visions of the architects we work with than more engineers we’ve met. We understand the need for beauty as well as practicality.
  • We value creativity as much as we value precision, which is to say, we value both a great deal.
  • We understand that visionary people the people we want to hire need to experience the world in order to change the world, and we try very hard to support that need.
  • We are a firm that values and respects our staff, fosters an environment that encourages learning and growth, and is committed to the success of our clients.

Salary range and benefits:
Commensurate with demonstrated skills and experience and to include a generous benefits package. Additional information about our highly-competitive benefits and additional company perks can be found at: http://pae-engineers.com/careers/benefits.

Resume Submission/Application Instructions:
Submit resume to:
Dan Somlea
Online Resume Submission – click here

Chicago SFPE Member Thomas Gray Receives Award

Thomas A. Gray, long time member of Chicago SFPE, is this year’s recipient of the Purdue University Engineering Education Outstanding Alumni Award. Tom is a graduate of the former Division of Interdisciplinary Engineering (now part of the School of Engineering Education). The Engineering Education Outstanding Alumni Award is presented to alumni who have achieved singular accomplishments in their fields, whose successful careers are role models for our students, and whose achievements set an example for all the School’s alumni.

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