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Career in Fire Engineering

Fire engineering (Fire Protection Engineering) is related to the development and application of scientific methods to prevent and protect people and environment from unwanted fire. This includes the application of scientific and engineering principles, based on an understanding of the phenomena and effects of fire and of reaction and behaviour of people, property and the environment as well as the impact of fire protection systems including detection, alarm and sprinkler systems.

Fire Engineering is a very dangerous profession which requires a strong sense of commitment to public service. It is the profession where engineers have to work in shifts in dangerous conditions and are at risk of burns, smoke inhalation and exposure to chemicals. They need to be patient and disciplined, quick and efficient, reliable, self-confident and able to work well in teams. They need to be aware of streets and places in their respective area of operations in their districts. They also need to know about different types of fires and how to deal with them, and about rescue methods and equipment.

For doing all this thing they need to be fighting fit and professionally trained only then they will be able to save the lives of the people with minimum threat to their own life. To do their duty in an effective manner they have to undergo special training course.

Courses Available

  • Certificate Course in Fire and Safety Engineering (CFSE)
  •  B.E. Fire Engineering
  •  B.Tech. Fire and Safety Engineering
  •  Post Graduate Diploma in Fire and Safety Engineering
  •  Diploma in Fire and Industrial Safety Engineering
  •  Diploma in fire and safety engineering management (DFSEM)
  •  Diploma in Fire and Safety Engineering (DFSE)
  •  Diploma in Fire Engineering
  •  Diploma in Industrial Safety Engineering (DISE)

The selection for BE in Fire Engineering is through Entrance test and it is normally held in May/June. The eligibility for BE in Fire Engineering is BSc with Chemistry and either Physics or Maths or both as optional subjects. The age limit for joining   BE is between 19 to 24 and the duration of the course is 31/years.

Most of the occupations in fire engineering requires a bachelor's degree. A degree in Fire Engineering can be a Bachelors of Engineering and post-graduate qualification of either Master's or PH.D. level. The entry requirement for the post graduate qualification is generally a Bachelor of Engineering, B.E. degree in Chemical, Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering.

Certificate and Diploma programs are also offered for class 10 and class 12 with  Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry or its equivalent examination, one can opt for a diploma in Fire engineering. For diploma courses the duration varies from 3 months to 2 years.

Note: To study fire engineering candidates are also required to fulfil the following physical parameters

  • Height: Minimum 165 cms
  • Weight: 50 Kgs
  • Vision: 6/6, Pereferably without any aid
  • Chest measurement: 81 centimeters with five centimetre expansion

Career Prospectus
Fire engineering provides many options and opportunities for those who are interested  to learn something new.  Engineers of this field can go in any sector either government or private according to their interest and choices. They can also get employed in other industries such as chemical or inflammable products manufacturing firms like petroleum refineries, textiles, fertilizers, etc. The scope is vast, fire engineers may also work as surveyors in insurance companies.

In Government sector, the starting  salary range is around Rs 5,000/- to 7,000/- per month+ other perks. In private sector, salary on joining may gross around Rs 8,000-14,000 per month. 

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