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    Fire Protection Engineering Technology

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:FPT
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

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 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:

  • 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.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • 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).

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 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).

Technician 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 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.

Firefighter Training

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

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
SPR490 Sprinklers II 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BDC390 Building Codes 3
CAD390 CAD Projects 3
CXS490 Chemical Extinguishing Systems 4
ETR390 Electronics 3
FLM390 Fluid Mechanics 4
HOM390 Hazards of Materials 3
TEC400 Technical Communications 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ALS390 Fire Alarm Systems 5
FDY493 Fire Dynamics I 4
FRC490 Fire Codes 3
HDS490 Hydraulic Sprinkler Design 4
PRV490 Plan Examination II 2
SPF493 Sprinkler Fitting 3
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 semesters can choose from a list of professional options. New and revised options will be offered each term based on demand of the rapidly changing fire industry.

Fire Science:

Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
FDY593 Fire Dynamics II 4
FIP593 Fire Pumps 3
FMO693 Fire Modelling 4
HDS593 Hydraulic Systems 4
BDC593 Building Code II 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 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
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3

Professional Options:

Options Course Name Hrs/Wk
CFE100 Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator 3
COM172 Fundamentals of Speech Communications 3
ENG384 American Short Story 3
EXP693 Explosion Prevention 3
FDS693 Using Fire Dynamics Simulator 3
FSB915 Retrofit 3
FSF907 Inspections and Legal Procedures 3
FSF918 Public Education 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
INS693 Insurance 3
PBC593 Performance Based Design 3
PRM693 Project Management 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 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.

For more information, please visit:

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 . 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.

Your Career:

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:

Contact Us

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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
Co-op Coordinator: Ian Macleod
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22361
Program Chair: Ken Ellis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22250
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