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Fire Protection Engineering Technology

Fire Protection Engineering Technology

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:FPT
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

Seneca’s Fire Protection Engineering Technology (FPT) program is the leading North American program for fire prevention education.

As an FPT 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.

The FPT program has an optional, paid co– op opportunity that allows students to gain valuable work experience in the summer between the second and third years.

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. Major areas of study include the advanced design and installation of fire protection systems (sprinklers and alarms), leading–edge computer software systems, fire dynamics, the governing codes and standards, as well as optional training in fire investigation, insurance and wildland fire suppression. The focus of the FPT program is on preparing graduates for the various career opportunities available in fire protection and to provide them with the skills to be successful in whichever path they select.

Technician 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 Fire Protection Engineering Technician (FPN) program after semester two and still be on track. After semester two, students can still transfer between the programs but may have to take additional courses to meet the requirements of the new program.

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 Technology (FPT) advanced diploma and you will have a wide array of careers to select from. Careers including sprinkler design, insurance, fire alarms, code– consulting, fire prevention officer and a stronger chance of being hired as a firefighter are all possible with the Fire Protection Engineering Technology diploma. Our graduates enter these vital fields with knowledge of fire protection software, in addition to training in sophisticated design and hands–on practice desired by industry. This program has strong job placement due to our strong ties with the leading fire protection employers. The program is recognized by the Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA) and graduates can meet academic certification requirements and receive three months of work experience (visit for certification requirements and FAQ).

Co-operative Education Option

The Fire Protection Engineering Technology program offers an optional co–operative education program. This work–term is paid and occurs during the summer after semester four. Co–op leads to jobs. To qualify, you must complete the first three semesters, with passing grades in all subjects, meet appropriate GPA requirements and be an FPT student. Students successful in joining the co–op program have access, through the Co-op Professional Practice subject and the co– op office, to valuable placement services. The program consists of one work–term providing course–related experience, employer contacts and improved opportunities for desired placement after graduation.


  • 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
University of Ontario Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) (Honours) in Nuclear Power – Bridge


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Cape Breton University• Bachelor of Engineering Technology - Petroleum


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University of Cincinnati• Bachelor of Science, Fire and Safety Engineering Technology
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
ELF190 Electricity 2
MTH290 Mathematics - Functions and Relations 4
SPR490 Sprinklers II 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BDC390 Building Codes 3
CAD390 CAD Projects 3
CXS490 Chemical Extinguishing Systems 4
ETR290 Electronics 1
FLM390 Fluid Mechanics 4
HOM390 Hazards of Materials 3
TEC400 Technical Communications 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ALS390 Fire Alarm Systems 5
FDY493 Fire Dynamics I 4
FRC490 Fire Codes 3
HDS490 Hydraulic Sprinkler Design 4
PRV490 Plan Examination II 2
SPF493 Sprinkler Fitting 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only) 1
Co-op Work Term
CWT100 Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
FDY593 Fire Dynamics II 4
FIP593 Fire Pumps 3
FMO693 Fire Modelling 4
HDS593 Hydraulic Systems 4
STK593 Job Estimating and Materials Management 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
CPP200 Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only) 1
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
HBF390 Human Behaviour in Fire 3
SPD693 Sprinkler Design II 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
Professional Options: Hrs/Wk
ADT490 Alarm Design and Troublshooting 1
BDC593 Building Code II 3
CFE100 Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator 3
CFI001 Certified Fire Investigation 3
COM172 Fundamentals of Speech Communications 3
ENG384 American Short Story 3
EXP693 Explosion Prevention 3
FDS693 Using Fire Dynamics Simulator 3
FPP693 Fire Prevention Office Career Preparation 3
FSB915 Retrofit 3
FSF907 Inspections and Legal Procedures 3
FSF918 Public Education 3
FSF920 Flammable and Combustible Liquids Part 4 3
FST365 Utopian Science Fiction 3
FST366 Film as Art 3
FST368 Contemporary Global Issues 3
HDS693 Sprinkler Design II 3
INS693 Insurance 3
PBC593 Performance Based Design 3
PRM693 Project Management 3
PSH593 Process and Storage Hazards 3
REV593 Introduction to REVIT 3
WFS490 Wildland Fire Suppression 3

General Education:

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

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Mathematics I - Algebra or
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
Sprinklers II
General Education Option
Semester 3
Building Codes
CAD Projects
Chemical Extinguishing Systems
Fluid Mechanics
Hazards of Materials
Technical Communications
General Education Option
Semester 4
Fire Alarm Systems
Fire Dynamics I
Fire Codes
Hydraulic Sprinkler Design
Plan Examination II
Sprinkler Fitting
General Education Option
Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only)
Co-op Work Term
Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 5
Fire Dynamics II
Fire Pumps
Fire Modelling
Hydraulic Systems
Job Estimating and Materials Management
Professional Option
Professional Option
Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only)
Semester 6
Human Behaviour in Fire
Sprinkler Design II
Professional Option
Professional Option
Professional Option
Professional Option
Professional Options:
Alarm Design and Troublshooting
Building Code II
Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
Certified Fire Investigation
Fundamentals of Speech Communications
American Short Story
Explosion Prevention
Using Fire Dynamics Simulator
Fire Prevention Office Career Preparation
Inspections and Legal Procedures
Public Education
Flammable and Combustible Liquids Part 4
Utopian Science Fiction
Film as Art
Contemporary Global Issues
Sprinkler Design II
Performance Based Design
Project Management
Process and Storage Hazards
Introduction to REVIT
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.

For more information, please visit:

University of Cincinnati - Bachelor of Science Fire and Safety Engineering Technology Stream

Degree Articulation Program with Seneca College:

Students interested in the articulation agreement between Seneca College and the University of Cincinnati must have a grade of “C” or better in all subjects at the end of the sixth semester.

The application process for the University of Cincinnati occurs after graduating from Seneca College.

Your Career:

The fire science/fire technologist graduate is prepared to enter the rapidly growing field of employment in the fire protection industry throughout North America. By combining the latest in fire protection technology and fire protection management, the graduate is in a position that is highly sought after by many employers in fields such as risk management, insurance, sprinkler design and installation, fire service positions, code enforcement and many others. For more information visit the following websites:

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
Co-op Coordinator: Ian Macleod
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22361
Program Chair: Ken Ellis
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22250
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Fire Protection Engineering Technology

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Fire Protection Engineering Technology Graduate Success

Graduates Gary Jarrett and Nicole Higgins both prevent fires but have very different careers. They say the many job options the program presents is only one of its many strengths. Read more