Fire Protection Engineering Technician
|Duration:||4 Semesters (2 Years)|
|Start Dates:||Fall, Winter, |
Start dates are subject to change
|Credential Awarded:||Ontario College Diploma|
Seneca’s Fire Protection Engineering Technician (FPN) program is a North American benchmark in providing a comprehensive fire prevention education.
As an FPN student, you’ll work with state–of– the–art equipment under the guidance of fire protection professors and industry practitioners in the fire sciences labs.
Note: Students who begin semester one in the Winter term are expected to complete semester two during the summer semester.
Program Learning Outcomes:
This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:
- Survey industrial and commercial and institutional properties.
- Relate observations of building construction, occupancies, and processes to codes and standards requirements.
- Classify and evaluate hazards.
- Select and design fire detection and fire suppression equipment layouts.
- Approve plans.
- Supervise installations.
- Conduct tests of water supplies, fire detection, and fire suppression systems.
- Commission fire safety equipment and systems.
- Prepare comprehensive reports suitable for insurance risk analysis and hazard evaluation by those concerned with property protection and life safety.
- Refer to and apply occupational health and safety regulations.
Essential Employability Skills:
Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
- Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
- Grade 12 Mathematics*: MCT4(C) Mathematics for College Technology (recommended grade 60% or over) or Grade 12 (U) Mathematics, MHF4(U) (Advanced Functions) or MCV4(U) (Calculus and Vectors)
- OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).
* Seneca may also consider applicants with good grades in MAP4(C) or MCR3(U). Students with grades lower than the recommended benchmarks and who test below the appropriate level in the skills assessment can expect to be placed into a preparatory mathematics course or will be counselled to enroll in the Applied Science and Technology Fundamentals Certificate Program.
The Importance of Learning Skills:
Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.
Earn your Fire Protection Engineering Technician (FPN) diploma and work in the continuously growing field of fire alarm inspection and design. You’ll learn the latest techniques and knowledge to be successful in the fire alarm industry. The program is recognized by CFAA and graduates can meet academic certification requirements (CFAA requirements FAQ). Our program has strong ties with the leading employers in the fire alarm industry.
The Fire Protection Engineering Technician (FPN) program has a common first semester to the
program. Students may switch to the
after semester one and still be on track. After semester one, students can still transfer between the programs but may have to take additional courses.
Fire Fighter Training
Graduates of the FPN program can move directly into the
program if they would like to continue towards firefighting.
Areas of Study
This program prepares you for abundant opportunities in local and international fields. Your studies will provide general knowledge in the major areas of fire protection including alarms, sprinklers and the governing codes and standards. The focus of the FPN program is on fire alarm systems and graduates will be comfortable working with, and troubleshooting these systems.
Affiliations and Associations
- Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association
- Canadian Fire Alarm Association
- Canadian Fire Safety Association
- National Fire Protection Association
- Ontario Industrial Fire Protection Association
- Society of Fire Protection Engineers
- American Fire Sprinkler Association
- National Fire Sprinkler Association
- Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall
- Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officers Association
If you have prior post–secondary education in Mechanical Engineering, or other related technology disciplines, you may qualify to FAST TRACK your studies through advanced standing for similar courses. With the diversity of programs offered globally, transcripts are reviewed individually to determine what credit we can provide you for your previous studies. Since Fire Protection Engineering Technology is so unique, students are often asked to begin in first semester with advanced standing granted for courses from first to fourth semesters.
One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which EAC150 is a pre–requisite.
Diploma to Degree... and Beyond
Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):
|York University||• Any relevant major|
|Western University||• Bachelor of Engineering Science|
|Davenport University||• BBA - General Business - Option I|
Important Academic Dates
Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.
|Semester 1||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|ALG190||Mathematics I - Algebra||4|
|FPF190||Fire Protection Fundamentals||3|
|Semester 2||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|BCF290||Building Construction and Fire Protection||3|
|CAD290||Computer Assisted Drafting||4|
|MTH290||Mathematics - Functions and Relations||4|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|Semester 3||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|ALS390||Fire Alarm Systems||5|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|Semester 4||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|ADT490||Alarm Design and Troubleshooting||3|
|CXS490||Chemical Extinguishing Systems||4|
|PRV490||Plan Examination II||2|
|XXXXXX*||General Education Option||3|
|CFE100||Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator||3|
|FSF920||Flammable and Combustible Liquids Part 4||3|
|FSP390||Fire Systems Practicum||3|
|PRM490||Project Management for Fire Protection Technicians||3|
|PSH593||Process and Storage Hazards||3|
|WFS490||Wildland Fire Suppression||3|
Note: Professional option courses not having a minimum number of students enrolled may be cancelled at the discretion of the School. Not all professional options are offered every semester.
Part Time Options
Seneca offers part-time programs in the evenings, on weekends and, for those wanting more flexibility, correspondence and online options are also available for some of our Fire related programs.
For more information, please visit: www.senecac.on.ca/school/fireprotection/programs/part-time/.
|For more information, please visit our website at: www.senecacollege.ca/fire.|
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:||Angela Sakellariou
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22802
|International Admissions Advisor:||Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
|Registration & Records Advisor:|
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22469
|Student Advisor:||Susan Taylor
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22119
|Program Coordinator:||Derek Gruchy
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22041
|Program Chair:||Ken Ellis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22250