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Fire Sprinkler Designer- Continental Fire Sprinkler Company


Hanover, MD, US

Requisition ID: 140124 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Home District/Group: Continental Fire & Alarm District 

Department: Design Engineering 

Market: Building 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

We are an innovative and collaborative team of designers that prepare submittal and field installation drawings, hydraulic calculations, and submittal data for fire protection systems based on the requirements set by NFPA code standards, the International Building Code, and the Local Authority or fire marshal.  The position is direct experienced level in fire sprinkler design and will require minimal training provided by the company.  The training will involve company policies and standards rather than the entry level directed classroom training.  

The experienced level designer will be expected to know how to read construction drawings, prepare fire protection installation drawings and hydraulic calculations, prepare material stocklists, visit the construction jobsites to review actual field conditions, and troubleshoot installation conflicts in the field.

This position, being a part of the construction industry, is extremely schedule and deadline driven.  The key attributes needed for this position are Drive, Adaptability, and Effective Intelligence (learning a principle and applying it to unique situations).  The most successful candidates will exhibit the qualities of humility, integrity, and team-ability.

We are looking for experienced resilient candidates that can perform the job duties on day one and still learn new things, have a curious mind and are not afraid to ask questions, be able to adapt to changes, meet deadlines, and be humble enough to learn from mistakes. 

District Overview

We are a full-service fire suppression company that designs, installs, services, and inspects fire protection systems with the highest commitment to customer safety and satisfaction.  Continental Fire Sprinkler has the expertise and resources to handle every aspect of fire sprinkler protection for any size project. Our professionals are among the most qualified and capable in the industry, allowing us to offer a full spectrum of services.  With talented people and extensive resources, Continental Fire Sprinkler Company has completed a wide range of projects within 46 different states throughout the nation since 1971. Our headquarters are in Omaha, NE, with area offices in Davenport, IA; Des Moines, IA; and Hanover, MD.  We are extremely proud to be a part of the life safety industry, saving lives and property by designing, installing, and servicing fire protection systems. 

We pride ourselves on developing internal talented people into the managers and leaders of the future. Our success is evidenced by the number of successful, long-term Continental employees currently on our staff. We commit extensive resources to training and developing our people through formal programs and hands-on experience. Our experienced personnel, use of innovative technology, and genuine dedication to customer service has established us as a trusted source for fire protection services.



The location of our position needs is in Hanover, MD.


  • Be proficient at designing fire suppression systems including wet, dry, pre-action, and foam fire sprinkler systems
  • Be proficient at detailing of shop drawings (field installation drawings and hydraulic calculations), field engineering (on the jobsite support and review), and operation planning (field installation support)
  • Compile and prepare plan submittals (shop drawings) and material submittals for review by architects, engineers, clients, and authorities having jurisdiction
  • Coordinate fire sprinkler design with the building structure and other MEP subcontractors
  • Be proficient at preparing project material stocklists to be used for material procurement
  • Oversee project scheduling, onsite operations planning, quantity tracking, material fabrication and procurement
  • Field engineering troubleshooting and support for the installation operations on the jobsite
  • Contract administration and communication with the general contractor and authority having jurisdiction
  • Prepare “as-built” drawings for in-house archive and client files.
  • Be able to teach others how to read construction, engineering, architectural, and structural plans
  • Be able to teach the fundamental understanding of general construction methods, practices, and terminology
  • Be able to perform objective peer review and mentoring in a team environment
  • General understanding of job costs related to engineering, material and fabrication, and labor
  • Self-directed NFPA and Building Code research


  • Engineering, Fire Protection Engineering, Engineering Technology, Construction Management, or related degree preferred (Associates degree also considered)
  • 2+ years fire sprinkler design experience along with associated 2+ years direct construction related experience
  • Experienced with AutoSPRINK software strongly preferred
  • NICET certification strongly preferred
  • Experienced with MS Excel, Word, and AutoCAD preferred
  • High level of self-discipline, motivation, and ability to operate in a team environment
  • Highly motivated, with a demonstrated passion for excellence and taking initiative 
  • Strong work ethic, willing to do what it takes to get the job done right the first time 
  • Demonstrated commitment to ethics and integrity 
  • Passion for safety, with the ability to help us ensure that nobody gets hurt 
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills 
  • Team player with the ability to work independently to meet deadlines, goals and objectives 
  • Strong organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail

Other Requirements:
•    Regular, reliable attendance
•    Work productively and meet deadlines timely
•    Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment.
•    Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
•    Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

At Continental, we only hire the best — and our family mentality will drive you to continue to be the best.

As a leader in fire-protection and alarm and detection systems, our people are the most qualified in the industry, thanks to our extensive, ongoing training. We believe in the benefits of investing in our people. Around here, you’ll constantly increase your knowledge, sharpen your skills and gain new experiences.

If you want opportunities to grow, look no further. 

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, paid parental and maternity leave, and generous paid time off.


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