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.

Click here for more details

Fire Protection Engineer, Envista Forensics

Position Title: Fire Protection Engineer
Company Name: Envista Forensics
Job Location: Deerfield, IL

Job Description:
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer offering competitive pay and benefits and an environment where teamwork, ongoing professional development, continuous improvement, and exceptional service are valued and rewarded. We are seeking a fire protection engineer to support our current and growing demand for forensic engineering services worldwide. The ideal candidate would handle and investigate a wide range of matters involving both fire protection related losses, as well as equipment and machinery failures.


  • Investigates the cause and origin of failures, damages or defects of failed fire protection systems (sprinkler systems, hood and duct systems, smoke control systems, master water systems, etc.)
  • Provides loss consulting services to assess the scope of damage and the value of loss to commercial and industrial equipment fire protection systems and mechanical equipment. Estimate damages and advise clients on repair vs. replacement decisions.
  • Investigates the cause and origin of failures, damages or defects of machinery and industrial or mechanical equipment.
  • Prepares accurate, clear, thorough, and concise reports and letters outlining the cause and origin of the damages to clients. Follows established policies, procedures, and processes in preparing information, exercising sound judgment in applying these to potentially unusual or complicated situations, and submit reports and documents in a timely manner and in accordance with client’s standards and expectations.
  • Stays abreast of office and company policies, procedures, and practices; participates in ongoing training and development as assigned or approved to assure knowledge and skills remain current and comprehensive.
  • Functions as an effective member of the team, assisting co-workers as needed and learning from colleagues and supervisors; supports the goals of the department, division, and organization; participates in special assignments and activities as required or approved; demonstrates initiative in the interest of the client and the organization.
  • Adheres to all applicable federal, state, and local laws as well as applicable regulations and standards.
  • Establishes trusted working relationship with clients in regional area and interacts socially at mixed engagements with clients.

Minimum Experience and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a related field is required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and previous application of NFPA codes and standards is required.
  • Strong working knowledge of building codes is preferred.
  • Significant experience (typically 6+ years) of related experience in fire protection engineering (design and failure analysis) is required.
  • Experience in a role inspecting failures of mechanical or industrial equipment and machinery (heavy industrial, rotating equipment, boilers, pumps) a plus.
  • Experience in forensic engineering, claims or litigation is preferred but not required.
  • Professional Engineering (PE) license is required.

Company Description:
Envista Forensics addresses the growing demand by insurance claims and legal professionals for a global, multi-disciplinary and highly-skilled forensic engineering partner. Envista Forensics is a global forensic consulting firm that provides a comprehensive array of technical services to the insurance and legal communities.

Our mission is simple:

  • We deliver certainty to our clients when they need it most: When equipment, systems, structures, or data have been threatened by catastrophe or litigation.
  • We determine cause and responsibility; we identify the nature and extent of damage or loss and provide a full range of solutions to protect their assets.
  • Our technical experts are trusted advisors and industry leaders. Their expertise is broad and deep, capable of withstanding all forms of scrutiny. Our services are available globally so that certainty is assured no matter where in the world it is needed.

As the recovery from disasters has grown more complex, Envista Forensics has developed a comprehensive array of services to help our clients and has associates located around the globe to provide our clients assurance no matter the type of loss or location of the disaster. Our entire staff is dedicated to providing the best possible service, vast experience, and Certainty in an Uncertain World.

Salary range and benefits:
Negotiable based on experience.

Resume Submission/Application Instructions:
Submit resume to:
Adam Tahiri
Director of Talent Management

Chicago SFPE, on behalf of Siemens, donates fire alarm equipment to CFD

The Chicago Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) is happy to work with the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) and be in a position to donate a new, state of the art, fire alarm panel to the Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy. The CFD is one of the oldest, most innovative, and storied fire departments in the country. Similarly, the Chicago Chapter of SFPE is the oldest chapter of SFPE and tirelessly works to promote fire safety on the local level through our dedicated membership. It is that membership and Siemens’ Fire & Life Safety Service that enabled this donation of a Siemens FireFinder XLS alarm panel. This fully functional Siemens panel with devices and appliances will be used to train the new recruits of the Chicago Fire Department. The CFD along with providing emergency care and extinguishing fires, works to promote fire safety. Similarly, part of SFPE’s mission is to advance the use of engineering, and educate the global fire safety community, in order to reduce fire risk. Through these parallel organizational goals, SFPE is honored to be able to make this donation and with it, hope that our organizations can continue to work together on our shared objectives. It is with great gratitude to those brave and dedicated members of the CFD, that the Chicago Chapter of SFPE and Siemens make this fire alarm panel donation to the Chicago Fire Department.