San Jose

Senior Engineer - Fire Department (19874803)

South Bay
7/17/2019 at 11:30pm
$109,283.20-$138,236.80 Annually


200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, 95113



The San Jose Fire Department is seeking to fill a Senior Engineer (Fire Protection) in the Bureau of Fire Prevention (BFP).  Under the direction of the Fire Marshal, the Senior Engineer will perform a supervisory role providing leadership to a group of staff to include associate engineers that perform plan reviews and inspections of life safety systems, fire alarm systems, and fire suppression systems.  The incumbent will also perform administrative duties in support of the engineering division needs, monitor performance of the division, coordinate with other city agencies, write policies and procedures, and exercise judgment in the application of applicable codes such as California Fire Code, California Building Code, Title 19 Public Safety Code, and NFPA standards.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.


Selection Process



The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process.  Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise.



You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process.  Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response. 


    1. Please describe how you meet the five years of required progressively responsible professional experience. In your description, please indicate how many years and the type of experience, including the scope of your knowledge of engineering principles and federal and state regulations as it relates to the position and provide examples of any community collaboration or outreach work performed.

    2. Please describe your experience in the design, inspection, and plan reviews of fire protection systems such as fire alarm system, fire sprinkler system, and building life safety system.




You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration. 



If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Laura Black, Human Resources Manager, at

Ideal Candidate




The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.  Desirable competencies for this position include: 



Job Expertise - Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.



Communication Skills - Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts.



Computer Skills - Experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel.



Team Work & Interpersonal Skills - Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.



Analytical Thinking - Approaching a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.



Decision Making - Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities; uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions.



Initiative - Exhibits resourceful behaviors toward meeting job objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by planning ahead; displays willingness to assume extra responsibility and challenges; pursues continuing education opportunities that promotes job performance.



Leadership - Leads by example; demonstrates high ethical standards; remains visible and approachable and interacts with others on a regular basis; promotes a cooperative work environment, allowing others to learn from mistakes; provides motivational supports and direction.



Problem Solving – Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.



Planning – Acts to align own unit's goals with the strategic direction of the organization; defines tasks and milestones to achieve objectives, while ensuring the optimal use of resources to meet those objectives.



Project Management - Ensures support for projects and implements agency goals and strategic objectives.




Minimum Qualifications


1. Education:  Graduation from an accredited College or University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Fire Protection Engineering.



2.  Experience:  Five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience.



3.  Licenses or Certificates: 


a. Possession of a Certificate of Registration in the required discipline: Fire Protection Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, or Electrical Engineering.



b. Possession of a valid driver's license in the State of California is required.



4.  Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Dept. of Labor.

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