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Fire Protection Engineering Technician

Fire Protection Engineering Technician

Program Code:FPN
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

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.

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.

Technology Program

The Fire Protection Engineering Technician (FPN) program has a common first semester to the Fire Protection Engineering Technology (FPT)) program. Students may switch to the FPT program 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.

Firefighter Training

Graduates of the FPN program can move directly into the Pre–Service Firefighter (FFP) program if they would like to continue towards firefighting.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
  • 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).



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Your Career

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 the Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA) and graduates can meet academic certification requirements and also receive three months work experience (visit for certification requirements and FAQ). This program has strong ties with the leading employers in the fire alarm industry.


  • Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association (CASA)
  • Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA)
  • Canadian Fire Safety Association (CFSA)
  • Industrial Fire Prevention Association
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • Ontario Industrial Fire Protection Association (OIFPA)
  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE

Upper Level Entry

With existing postsecondary education in mechanical engineering or other related technology disciplines, applicants may qualify to begin their Seneca College studies in a higher semester than 1. At the discretion of the academic area, upper level entry may be granted to applicants who partially qualify with the understanding that they need to take additional courses from previous semesters.

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
York University• Any relevant degree or major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Davenport University• BBA – General Business

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ALG190 or
Mathematics I - Algebra or
Mathematics I Algebra
CHY190 Chemistry 3
EAC150 College English 3
FPF190 Fire Protection Fundamentals 3
PRV290 Plan Examination 2
SPR190 Sprinklers 4
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BCF290 Building Construction and Fire Protection 3
CAD290 Computer Assisted Drafting 4
CHM290 Combustion Chemistry 3
ELF290 Electricity 4
MTH290 Mathematics - Functions and Relations 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ALS390 Fire Alarm Systems 5
BDC390 Building Codes 3
ETR390 Electronics 3
TEC400 Technical Communications 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ADT490 Alarm Design and Troubleshooting 3
CXS490 Chemical Extinguishing Systems 4
FRC490 Fire Codes 3
HOM390 Hazards of Materials 3
PRV490 Plan Examination II 2
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3

Professional Options:

Option Course Name Hrs/Wk
CAD390 CAD Projects 3
CFE100 Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator 3
FDY493 Fire Dynamics I 4
FLM390 Fluid Mechanics 4
FSF918 Public Education 3
FSF920 Flammable and Combustible Liquids Part 4 3
FSP390 Fire Systems Practicum 3
HDS490 Hydraulic Sprinkler Design 4
INS693 Insurance 3
PRM490 Project Management for Fire Protection Technicians 3
PRM693 Project Management 2
PSH593 Process and Storage Hazards 3
SPF493 Sprinkler Fitting 3
SPR490 Sprinklers II 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 term.


2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Mathematics I - Algebra
College English
Fire Protection Fundamentals
Plan Examination
Semester 2
Building Construction and Fire Protection
Computer Assisted Drafting
Combustion Chemistry
Mathematics - Functions and Relations
General Education Option
Semester 3
Fire Alarm Systems
Building Codes
CAD Projects
Technical Communications
General Education Option
Professional Option
Professional Option
Semester 4
Alarm Design and Troubleshooting
Chemical Extinguishing Systems
Fire Codes
Plan Examination II
General Education Option
Professional Option
Professional Option
Professional Option

Professional Options:

CAD Projects
Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
Fire Dynamics I
Fluid Mechanics
Public Education
Flammable and Combustible Liquids Part 4
Fire Systems Practicum
Hydraulic Sprinkler Design
Project Management for Fire Protection Technicians
Project Management
Process and Storage Hazards
Sprinkler Fitting
Sprinklers II
Wildland Fire Suppression

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

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.

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Contact Us
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Julie Leong
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22638
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Aleksandra Sasin
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22469
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Susan Taylor
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22119
Program Coordinator: Derek Gruchy
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22041
Program Chair: Ken Ellis
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22250
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