Fire Protection Engineering Technology
|Duration:||6 Semesters (3 Years)|
|Start Dates:||Fall, Winter, |
Start dates are subject to change
|Credential Awarded:||Ontario College Advanced Diploma|
Seneca’s Fire Protection Engineering Technology (FPT) program is the leading North American program for fire prevention education.
As an FPT 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.
The FPT program has an optional, paid co– op opportunity that allows students to gain valuable work experience in the summer between the second and third years.
Note: Students who begin semester one in the Winter term are expected to complete semester two during the summer semester.
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:
- Inspect industrial and commercial complexes.
- Survey the hazards.
- Help set the standards.
- Select and design the equipment.
- Approve the plans.
- Supervise the installation.
- Place in service and commission fire safety equipment and systems.
- To assist in the design and layout fire protection equipments and systems.
- To assess the insurance risk associated with industrial plants and buildings.
- To work in the risk managements and loss prevention areas of insurance companies.
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.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a majority of senior credits at the College Preparation (C), University Preparation (U) or University/College Preparation (M) level or Mature Student Status (age 19 or older)
- 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 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).
Note: All applicants who are offered admission to programs in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology will have an English and Mathematics skills assessment. The assessments are used for academic placement in English and Mathematics courses that are appropriate to the student’s skill level. In the event a preparatory course is required before enrolling in the standard first semester English or Mathematics, students will automatically be timetabled into the appropriate preparatory course or will be counselled to enroll in the Applied Science and Technology Fundamentals Certificate Program.
- Applicant grades in pre–requisite courses (or their equivalents) may be used as a basis for the selection of candidates.
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.
Earn your Fire Protection Engineering Technology (FPT) advanced diploma and you will have a wide array of careers to select from. Careers including sprinkler design, insurance, fire alarms, code–consulting, fire prevention officer and a stronger chance of being hired as a firefighter are all possible with the Fire Protection Engineering Technology diploma. Our graduates enter these vital fields with knowledge of fire protection software, in addition to training in sophisticated design and hands–on practice desired by industry. This program has strong job placement due to our strong ties with the leading fire protection employers. The program is recognized by CFAA and graduates can meet academic certification requirements and receive three months of work experience (visit CFAA for Certification Requirements and FAQ).
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 Fire Protection Engineering Technician (FPN) program after semester two and still be on track. After semester two, students can still transfer between the programs but may have to take additional courses to meet the requirements of the new program.
Graduates of the FPT 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. Major areas of study include the advanced design and installation of fire protection systems (sprinklers and alarms), leading–edge computer software systems, fire dynamics, the governing codes and standards, as well as optional training in fire investigation, insurance and wildland fire suppression. The focus of the FPT program is on preparing graduates for the various career opportunities available in fire protection and to provide them with the skills to be successful in whichever path they select.
Co-operative Education Option
The Fire Protection Engineering Technology program offers an optional Co–operative Education program. This work–term is paid and occurs during the summer after semester four. Co–op leads to jobs. To qualify, you must complete the first three semesters, with passing grades in all courses, meet appropriate G.P.A. requirements, and be an FPT student. Students successful in joining the co–op program have access, through the CPP 100 subject and the co–op office, to valuable placement services. The program consists of one work–term providing course–related experience, employer contacts, and improved opportunities for desired placement after graduation.
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
If you have prior post–secondary education in Mechanical Engineering, or other related technology disciplines, you may qualify to FAST TRACK your studies through advanced standing for similar courses. With the diversity of programs offered globally, transcripts are reviewed individually to determine what credit we can provide you for your previous studies. Since Fire Protection Engineering Technology is so unique, students are often asked to begin in first semester with advanced standing granted for courses from first to fourth semester.
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):
|York University||• Any relevant major|
|University of Ontario Institute of Technology||• Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) (Honours) in Nuclear Power - Bridge|
|Western University||• Bachelor of Engineering Science|
|Cape Breton University||• Bachelor of Engineering Technology - Environmental Studies or Petroleum majors|
• Bachelor of Technology – Emergency Management
• Bachelor of Engineering Technology - Petroleum
|University of Cincinnati||• Bachelor of Science, Fire and Safety Engineering Technology|
|Davenport University||• BBA - General Business - Option I|
|Semester 1||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|ALG190||Mathematics I - Algebra||4|
|FPF190||Fire Protection Fundamentals||3|
|Semester 2||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|BCF290||Building Construction and Fire Protection||3|
|CAD290||Computer Assisted Drafting||4|
|MTH290||Mathematics - Functions and Relations||4|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|Semester 3||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|CXS490||Chemical Extinguishing Systems||4|
|HOM390||Hazards of Materials||3|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|Semester 4||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|ALS390||Fire Alarm Systems||5|
|FDY493||Fire Dynamics I||4|
|HDS490||Hydraulic Sprinkler Design||4|
|PRV490||Plan Examination II||2|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|CPP100||Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only)||1|
|CWT100||Co-op Work Term (co-op option only)|
Professional Option Streams:
Students entering the fifth and sixth semester can choose from a list of professional options. New and revised options will be offered each semester based on demand of the rapidly changing fire industry.
|Semester 5||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|FDY593||Fire Dynamics II||4|
|BDC593||Building Code II||3|
|CPP200||Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only)||1|
|Semester 6||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|HBF693||Human Behaviour in Fire||3|
|SPD693||Sprinkler Design II||4|
|CFE100||Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator||3|
|COM172||Fundamentals of Speech Communications||3|
|ENG384||American Short Story||3|
|FDS693||Using Fire Dynamics Simulator||3|
|FSF907||Inspections and Legal Procedures||3|
|FSF920||Flammable and Combustible Liquids Part 4||3|
|FST365||Utopian Science Fiction||3|
|FST366||Film as Art||3|
|FST368||Contemporary Global Issues||3|
|HDS693||Sprinkler Design II||3|
|PBC593||Performance Based Design||3|
|PSH593||Process and Storage Hazards||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 semester.
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.
For more information, please visit: www.senecac.on.ca/school/fireprotection/programs/part-time/.
University of Cincinnati - Bachelor of Science Fire and Safety Engineering Technology Stream
Degree Articulation Program with Seneca College:
Students interested in the articulation agreement between Seneca College and the University of Cincinnati must have a grade of "C" or better in all subjects at the end of the sixth semester and must have a SAT in ICA001. All potential students should consider taking PSY100 as a General Education option in the second, third or fourth semester. Students who do not meet these standards may still complete and graduate from the standard (FPT) Fire Protection Engineering Technology Program, provided they meet the program graduation requirements. The application process for the University of Cincinnati occurs after graduating from Seneca College.
The fire science/fire technologist graduate is prepared to enter the rapidly growing field of employment in the fire protection industry throughout North America. By combining the latest in fire protection technology and fire protection management, the graduate is in a position that is highly sought after by many employers in fields such as, risk management, insurance, sprinkler design and installation, fire service positions, code enforcement and many others. For more information visit the following websites:
|For more information, please visit our website at: www.senecacollege.ca/fire.|
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:||Eva Qadeer
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22802
|International Admissions Advisor:||Dannielle Torney
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22380
|Registration & Records Advisor:|
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22469
|Student Advisor:||Susan Taylor
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22119
|Program Coordinator:||Derek Gruchy
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22041
|Co-op Coordinator:||Ian Macleod
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22361
|Program Chair:||Ken Ellis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22250
Muhamed, a graduate of Seneca's Fire Protection Engineering Technology program, talks about working in the field and his time at Seneca. Video
Graduates Gary Jarrett and Nicole Higgins both prevent fires but have very different careers. They say the many job options the program presents is only one of its many strengths. Read more