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KNS - Sr Fire Protection Engineer


Lenexa, KS, US

Requisition ID: 167299 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Home District/Group: Kiewit Power Engineering 

Department: Design Engineering 

Market: Nuclear 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

The Fire Protection Engineer will be working as part of the Fire Protection team designing systems in the various DOE facilities.   Prepare technical reports and studies and design documentation, performing calculations using engineering software, providing construction support and preparing specifications for complex mechanical equipment and supporting systems.  The ideal candidate will have solid experience in fire protection system design and construction; and will be capable of developing design documents, including piping and instrument diagrams and equipment data sheets, which incorporate the applicable design requirements. The candidate shall have a working knowledge of the IBC and NFPA standards including but not limited to NFPA 13, NFPA 72, NFPA 801, NFPA 101, and NFPA 241.  You will be interfacing and coordinating with other engineering/construction disciplines and the client in the development of the design and installation of the systems. Experience in design, procurement, and installation of fire protection equipment per DOE and National Standards is required. 

District Overview

Kiewit Nuclear Solutions. is a full-service engineering, project management, and construction provider operating across North America. Our experience and expertise span all aspects of the nuclear-related market from carbon-free, small modular reactors to Dept of Energy science, environmental and nuclear security mission capabilities. With these broad capabilities, we operate in the power utility, renewable energy, industrial, and infrastructure markets.  As part of Kiewit, we are integrated with 135 years of construction and engineering excellence that provides wholistic solutions, differentiating our team from the rest of the industry.
Our rapidly growing nuclear solutions business has opened new locations across North America to strengthen our market presence while executing work within the communities we live within and support. We are committed to build upon our history as one of the safest companies to work for by equipping our craft and staff with the best technology, processes, equipment, tools and safety programs available.
We are an innovative team that prides itself on excellence through continuous improvement and an unwavering commitment to deliver for our clients. Our staff collaborates with Kiewit’s vast internal network of resources that span heavy civil and infrastructure, vertical and commercial buildings, industrial, as well our oil and gas and power generation markets, to drive safe and cost-effective solutions that achieve client expectations and further Kiewit’s core values of People, Integrity, Excellence, and Stewardship.
On our team, you’ll have the opportunity to see, design and construct more than you ever imagined. Working hard will not only bring you satisfaction from a job well done, but it will help propel your career forward faster than you might expect. Kiewit’s culture encourages training, developing your skills, and tailoring your experience and knowledge to allow you to take on projects that impact millions across North America. With top-notch health benefits, a wealth-building 401k plan, and unbeatable growth opportunities, joining Kiewit can bring a lifetime of personal success and satisfaction.


This position will require you to be onsite at either location; Lenexa, KS or Oak Ridge, TN. 


  • Plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate detailed phases of engineering related to fire protection design for multiple projects.
  • Ability to work independently, use engineering judgment, and devise new approaches to solving problems.
  • Perform work that involves conventional engineering practices but may also include complex features such as resolving conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials, and/or difficult coordination requirements.
  • Planning, coordinating, or preparing equipment or work specifications, evaluations, and award recommendations for equipment including but not limited to:
  • Develop and revise piping and instrument diagrams, formal calculations, and equipment datasheets and specifications in completing the detailed design for the system, including equipment selection.
  • Design the system and specify the equipment to meet the applicable requirements.
  • Procure the equipment in accordance with applicable QA requirements.
  • In addition, it will be required that the candidate prepare communications to vendors and clients, review bid analyses and make recommendations, and prepare or assist in the preparation of studies, designs, reports, or proposals.
  • Perform or assist in the performance of problem analysis and original design.
  • Assist in the preparation of cost estimates, quantity take-offs, and staffing requirements for proposals, forecasts, and change orders.
  • Review and disposition of field change notices and non-conformance reports.
  • Review the coordination and status of vendor submittals.
  • Provide construction support for all phases of the project in conjunction with NFPA 801 and 241 requirements. 
  • Support the creation of a work environment that fosters openness, trust, communication, teamwork, empowerment, innovation, and satisfaction.
  • Lead the associated safety analyses and hazard evaluations. In addition, it will be required that the candidate have excellent communication skills (both verbal and written).


•    Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Fire Protection Engineering from an accredited university with a minimum of 7 years of related experience.

•    Professional Engineers license in Fire Protection Engineering

•    Previous experience in preliminary, front-end fire protection design and equipment selection for nuclear, nuclear chemical facilities, and nuclear waste processing.  

•    Nuclear experience in working within DOE facilities and working with procedures meeting quality assurance programs such as ASME-NQA-1 or equivalent.

•    Knowledge of industry and regulatory guides, codes, and standards, broad knowledge of the application of Fire Protection engineering design principles.

•    Practical work experience in equipment design and procurement

•    Strong verbal and written communication skills

•    Knowledge of engineering planning and control methods.  

•    Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products (i.e. word, excel, Powerpoint, etc.).  


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.

There’s no limit to what you’ll do at Kiewit. Whether you’re building or supporting projects that provide communities with dependable energy, safe transportation, clean water, or access to health care, the work you do will positively impact people’s lives for generations to come. 

Here you’ll have endless opportunities to expand your expertise through on-the-job experience and internal and external training and development opportunities. 

We offer our full-time staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. From top-tier health care programs to employee assistance programs and retirement planning, we aim to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the areas of life that matter most to you.

Kiewit is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe a diverse workforce is vital to the success of our business. We continue our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees from all backgrounds who are passionate about our industry.  

We are committed to veteran and military hiring and will consider relevant military experience as equivalent to qualification requirements.

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