Fire Safety Systems Designer

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Division of Facilities Planning & Management   Madison, WI   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on March 1, 2023
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About the Fire Safety Systems Designer position:
The Fire Safety Systems Designer position will provide the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Division of Facilities, Planning, and Management (FP&M) with the expertise to review building plans and projects and evaluate which fire detection, fire alarm, and fire-suppression equipment should be included/update to meet IFC. The individual in this role will be working with vendors, A&E/Campus Renovation Services, and State Large Projects for site consultation, construction, and site visit inspections.

About the Department of Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS):
EHS provides guidance, technical consultations, and expertise to the campus community in the areas of biological, chemical, environmental, engineering, radiation, and fire safety. The UW-Madison Department of Environment, Health, and Safety is committed to the highest standard of customer relations principles for its customers, fellow staff members and visitors.

About the Division of Facilities, Planning, and Management:
The Division of Facilities Planning & Management (FP&M) is a full-spectrum service organization that builds, maintains, and operates the physical environment of the UW-Madison campus in support of the university's education, research, and outreach activities. FP&M works behind the scenes to coordinate campus planning, manage design and construction, maintain and operate buildings and grounds, supply utility services, ensure health and safety, and provide parking and transportation services.


Provides engineering expertise in designing, modifying and constructing Institution facilities, including buildings and physical plant infrastructure to ensure the Institution is meeting regulatory and professional engineering standards.

  • 25% Assesses, designs, modifies, and constructs institution facilities utilizing engineering techniques and best practices
  • 25% Monitors, interprets, communicates, and applies all established building codes, policies, and procedures
  • 15% Liaises facility construction plans with internal and external stakeholders and vendors, and provides engineering guidance and recommendations to align with strategic facility planning
  • 15% Assists other work units in evaluating building mechanical system conditions, when requested
  • 15% Construction plan reviews for fire alarm, sprinklers, and kitchen fire suppression systems per NFPA 13, 17, 20, 72 and IBC/IFC
  • 5% Collaborate with State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services to assume responsibility for UW-Madison plan review


Associate's Degree
With preferred focus in Fire Protection Engineering/Technology or related field

Bachelor's Degree
With preferred focus in Fire Protection Engineering/Technology or related field


- 2 years of relevant work experience

- 5 years of relevant work experience
- Licensed State of Wisconsin Designer of Engineering Systems - Fire Protection
- Licensed State of Wisconsin Fire Detection, prevention & Suppression Inspector


Drivers License - Valid and Meets UW Risk Management Standards

PE - Professional Engineer


Minimum $75,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

The minimum salary for this position is $75,000, but is negotiable based on experience and qualifications.

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous paid time off, competitively priced health/dental/vision/life insurance, tax-advantaged savings accounts, and participation in the nationally recognized Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) pension fund. For a summary of benefits, please see