Fire Protection Technology Professional Certificate Program Announced

January 14, 2020

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Wentworth announced the creation of a new Fire Protection Technology professional certificate program to meet the increasing demand for qualified fire protection specialists.

Innovative architectural designs, complex engineering systems and modern construction methods now require sophisticated knowledge of building operations and state-of-the-art technology. Architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals are especially being called upon to know more about building systems and infrastructure.

Design changes and evolving tenant fit-out requirements guide where fire protection specialists place mandatory building access/egress, influence the coverage of suppression systems and determine the configuration of workspaces that impact fire safety for all employees.

Recognizing an AEC training and education need, Wentworth’s new four-course certificate program begins with an Introduction to Building Fire Safety course on campus in a seven-week format. The introductory course is based on criteria outlined in the International Building Codes and teaches the basics of fire dynamics, as well as egress and life safety. Students gain an understanding of building codes, design standards, fire characteristics, dynamics and protection applications.

Students completing Introduction to Building Fire Safety receive three Continuing Education Units (CEU) and are eligible to enroll in additional certificate courses.

Future Professional Certificate in Fire Protection Technology courses in include: Principles of Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems, Water-Based Fire Suppression Systems and Special Hazard Suppression Systems.

Students typically pursue careers in commercial and industrial safety, building construction and inspection, and public safety.

What are some jobs that utilize the skills students learn in this program?

Security/Fire Alarm Installer   

Employers include ADT Security Services, Convergint Technologies, Johnson Controls Inc, Sonitrol, Vivint, Inc. and Red Hawk Fire & Security 

Fire Alarm Technician  

Employers include SimplexGrinnell, Cintas Corporation, Siemens Building Tech., AFA Protective Systems, Honeywell International and Tyco Fire and Security

Field Service Technician  

Employers include AT&T Inc., Comcast Cable, Inc., SIGNET Electronic, Siemens, Time Warner Cable and Ricoh Corporation

Field Service Engineer

Employers include General Electric Co, Thermo Fisher, Tetra Tech, Agilent Technologies, Philips Electronics and Rockwell Automation 

Learn more about the program.

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