Fire Protection Mechanical Engineer Job at SEA, Ltd., Chicago, IL

  • SEA, Ltd.
  • Chicago, IL

Job Description

SEA, Ltd., a nationally recognized forensic engineering firm with over 50 years of experience, is adding to our Chicago (Rolling Meadows) office! We work with top law firms, insurance companies and manufacturers to investigate the "why" when things fail and injuries occur. We are ideally seeking an experienced mechanical/fire protection engineer to round of our team. This is a unique opportunity to expand technical acumen in a new industry. Come see how to Be Better at SEA, Ltd.!

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Essential Job Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Investigate residential, commercial and industrial fires that may involve fire protection or life safety systems including water-based fire sprinkler systems (wet, dry and pre-action) commercial kitchen fire protection and exhaust systems, special hazard fire suppression systems (gaseous, chemical and foam systems), fire detection and alarm systems and residential smoke alarms
  • Conduct field investigations and perform forensic engineering & failure/accident analysis on incidents involving various fire protection systems
  • Conduct post-accident evaluations involving fire-spread and means of egress
  • Consult with clients regarding applicable building and life safety codes
  • Conduct unbiased investigations for various clients
  • Responsible for retention and development of client relationships
  • Provide technical findings and conclusions in layman's terms, both verbally and in written reports
  • Support conclusions by appropriate testimony in legal proceedings
  • Deliver professional presentations, develop client relationships and promote self to client groups
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Engineering required;
  • Master's degree in Fire Protection Engineering preferred
  • P. E. registration or ability to obtain
  • IAAI-CFI or CFEI certifications or ability to obtain
  • Fire Investigation experience or desire to learn a must
  • Knowledge of fire protection systems, building construction and relevant codes
  • Experience with fire modeling a plus
  • Minimum of 5 years of fire protection engineering industry experience
  • Forensic experience/exposure a plus
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication and writing skills

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to travel 25% of the time
  • Ability to maneuver in and around an accident site
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs.
  • Ability to drive to site locations at unpredictable times
  • Ability to travel by airline
  • Ability to effectively communicate with clients and colleagues
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment as required by the work site


  • Medical, dental & vision coverage
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Paid vacation, sick days and holidays
  • Company-paid STD, LTD and Life Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Bonus program
  • Extensive forensic training

SEA places a strong value and priority on diversity, equity and inclusion across the company. We believe these values result in a more enriched work environment for our employees and allow us to best provide to our clients. SEA is also focused on, and committed to, staff health and wellbeing. We offer several benefits aimed at health and wellbeing, including an Employee Assistance Program and a Motion Wellness Program that rewards activity through contributions to employee HSA accounts.

SEA is a dedicated equal opportunity employer, evaluating all qualified applications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected status.

Job Tags

Holiday work, Full time, Remote job,

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