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    Fire Protection Engineering Technician

Program Code:FPN
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

Seneca’s Fire Protection Engineering Technician (FPN) program is a North American benchmark in providing a comprehensive fire prevention education.

As an FPN student, you’ll work with state–of– the–art equipment under the guidance of fire protection professors and industry practitioners in the fire sciences labs.

Note: Students who begin semester one in the Winter term are expected to complete semester two during the Summer term.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Survey industrial and commercial and institutional properties.
  • Relate observations of building construction, occupancies, and processes to codes and standards requirements.
  • Classify and evaluate hazards.
  • Select and design fire detection and fire suppression equipment layouts.
  • Approve plans.
  • Supervise installations.
  • Conduct tests of water supplies, fire detection, and fire suppression systems.
  • Commission fire safety equipment and systems.
  • Prepare comprehensive reports suitable for insurance risk analysis and hazard evaluation by those concerned with property protection and life safety.
  • Refer to and apply occupational health and safety regulations.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics*: MCT4(C) Mathematics for College Technology (recommended grade 60% or over) or Grade 12 (U) Mathematics, MHF4(U) (Advanced Functions) or MCV4(U) (Calculus and Vectors)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

* Seneca may also consider applicants with good grades in MAP4(C) or MCR3(U). Students with grades lower than the recommended benchmarks and who test below the appropriate level in the skills assessment can expect to be placed into a preparatory mathematics course or will be counselled to enroll in the Applied Science and Technology Fundamentals Certificate Program.


The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Earn your Fire Protection Engineering Technician (FPN) diploma and work in the continuously growing field of fire alarm inspection and design. You’ll learn the latest techniques and knowledge to be successful in the fire alarm industry. The program is recognized by CFAA and graduates can meet academic certification requirements (CFAA requirements FAQ). Our program has strong ties with the leading employers in the fire alarm industry.

Technology Program

The Fire Protection Engineering Technician (FPN) program has a common first semester to the

Fire Protection Engineering Technology (FPT)

program. Students may switch to the

FPT program

after semester one and still be on track. After semester one, students can still transfer between the programs but may have to take additional courses.

Fire Fighter Training

Graduates of the FPN program can move directly into the

Pre–Service Firefighter (FFP)

program if they would like to continue towards firefighting.

Areas of Study

This program prepares you for abundant opportunities in local and international fields. Your studies will provide general knowledge in the major areas of fire protection including alarms, sprinklers and the governing codes and standards. The focus of the FPN program is on fire alarm systems and graduates will be comfortable working with, and troubleshooting these systems.

Affiliations and Associations

  • Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association
  • Canadian Fire Alarm Association
  • Canadian Fire Safety Association
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • Ontario Industrial Fire Protection Association
  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers
  • American Fire Sprinkler Association
  • National Fire Sprinkler Association
  • Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall
  • Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officers Association

General Education

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which EAC150 is a pre–requisite.

Upper Level Entry

With existing postsecondary education in mechanical engineering or other related technology disciplines, applicants may qualify to begin their Seneca College studies in a higher semester than 1. At the discretion of the academic area, upper level entry may be granted to applicants who partially qualify with the understanding that they need to take additional courses from previous semesters.

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):

Important Academic Dates

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Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ALG190 Mathematics I - Algebra 4
CHY190 Chemistry 3
EAC150 College English 3
FPF190 Fire Protection Fundamentals 3
PRV290 Plan Examination 2
SPR190 Sprinklers 4
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BCF290 Building Construction and Fire Protection 3
CAD290 Computer Assisted Drafting 4
CHM290 Combustion Chemistry 3
ELF290 Electricity 4
MTH290 Mathematics - Functions and Relations 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ALS390 Fire Alarm Systems 5
BDC390 Building Codes 3
ETR390 Electronics 3
TEC400 Technical Communications 3
CAD390 CAD Projects 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ADT490 Alarm Design and Troubleshooting 3
CXS490 Chemical Extinguishing Systems 4
FRC490 Fire Codes 3
PRV490 Plan Examination II 2
XXXXXX* General Education Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3

Professional Options:

Course Name Hrs/Wk
CFE100 Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator 3
FSF918 Public Education 3
FSF920 Flammable and Combustible Liquids Part 4 3
FSP390 Fire Systems Practicum 3
INS693 Insurance 3
PRM490 Project Management for Fire Protection Technicians 3
PSH593 Process and Storage Hazards 3
SPF493 Sprinkler Fitting 3
SPR490 Sprinklers II 3
WFS490 Wildland Fire Suppression 3

Note: Professional option courses not having a minimum number of students enrolled may be cancelled at the discretion of the School. Not all professional options are offered every term.


Part Time Options

Seneca offers part-time programs in the evenings, on weekends and, for those wanting more flexibility, correspondence and online options are also available for some of our Fire related programs.

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Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Angela Sakellariou
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22802
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Aleksandra Sasin
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22469
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Susan Taylor
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22119
Program Coordinator: Derek Gruchy
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22041
Program Chair: Ken Ellis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22250
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