Principal Fire Systems Engineer

Requisition ID
Work Location
Department / Discipline
Fire Systems
Position Type
Staff / Permanent

Overview / Responsibilities

Wood currently has a requirement in our Process Engineering Group for a Principal Fire Systems Engineer to work in our Reading office. This is an opportunity for you to become a valued, well - rounded member of an experienced team of professional engineers. The successful candidate will take responsibility for Fire Engineering issues and deliverables on Wood’s projects at all stages of the design process.

We are currently looking for people with the drive and commitment to make a genuine difference to our performance on projects across the full life cycle, from studies and FEED to EPC and PMC, to ensure that Wood continues to differentiate itself from its competitors by delivering quality projects to meet our client’s requirements. Candidates should have FEED experience across a range of the
following areas: onshore oil / gas processing, refining, petrochemical plants, LNG, chemical plants, offsites and utilities, power generation.



  • Taking ownership of fire systems activities and deliverables, including active and passive fire protection systems and fire and gas detection systems
  • Managing the Fire Systems team on a project, ensuring that work is planned and controlled effectively, to meet project deadlines and milestones within budget
  • Preparation of Fire Detection and Protection Specification and Philosophies
  • Preparation of Fire Risk Assessments
  • Determination of fire water demand, use of specialist software to undertake hydraulic calculations
  • Design of water deluge systems and foam systems
  • Preparation of Equipment Specifications
  • Determination of fire and gas detection requirements and high - level design of such systems.
  • Technical input to Fire systems Equipment layouts and P&IDs
  • Providing specialist Fire system input to the Wood and Client engineering disciplines e.g. C&I, Civils, Process and Architecture
  • Review of requisitions for equipment and sub - contracts
  • Keeping up to date with International Fire Codes and developments in the field

Skills / Qualifications

  • Broad experience of a range of fire engineering applications and be able to demonstrate understanding across these areas. Areas of expertise to include hydrocarbon processing plants and storage facilities, plant support buildings and combustible product storage buildings
  • Ability to interpret fire engineering related legislation and standards, with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A Degree in an Engineering discipline, preferably Fire, Chemical or Process Engineering
  • Experience in energy, oil and gas, refining and petrochemical sectors
  • Ability and willingness to undertake new challenges
  • Experience of computer simulation packages for hydraulics (Pipe net, Fathom etc.) and Consequence Modelling (Phast or other)
  • Good Microsoft Office skills and general computing skill

Company Overview

Wood is a global leader in consulting and engineering, helping to unlock solutions to critical challenges in energy and materials markets. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in 60 countries, employing around 35,000 people.

Diversity Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.


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