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Fire Alarm Design Engineer

Cowles Search Portland, OR
  • Posted: 21 days ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, Life Insurance, 401k, Dental

Desired Education

Technical School

Desired Experience

3-5 Years
Required Experience

Minimum two-year technical degree in Engineering or related field

Minimum three-years experience in Fire Alarm / Life Safety Design

AutoCAD experience required and current; Revit experience desired

Minimum of five years of previous engineering, field service, construction


We are currently seeking a Fire Alarm Designer to join our Engineering Team here in the Greater Seattle Area. This full-time position will design, engineer and document medium, and large sized Fire Alarm systems with moderate to higher levels of complexity according to project requirements. As a Fire Alarm Designer, your design expertise may be required in support of pre-sales activities to identify, scope, and estimate cost effective solutions that meet customer requirements. You will work with Project Management to ensure engineering deliverables accurately reflect project scope; you will guide and mentor drafters on your project team to ensure the accuracy of our engineering drawings. You will monitor resource efforts are within the project budget and schedule. You will work closely with Sales and Project Management to identify changes in scope that warrant customer clarification and scope management in support of the budget.

As a NICET Certified Fire Alarm Designer, you are a leader amongst peers; you collaborate with peer designers for continuous development of engineering standards, best practices, and operational efficiencies. You provide Fire Alarm expertise and design guidance to our CAD engineers, and serve as a mentor when needed. In this role, you will proactively communicate with colleagues, vendors, consultants and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).

Additional responsibilities include:

Provides code compliant fire alarm design and drawing assistance for projects during the development and record drawing stages of the engineered drawings. Design shall include both addressable networked systems and conventional fire alarm systems.

Performs circuit and battery calculations.

Prepares code compliant fire alarm drawings using AutoCAD or Revit software, as needed.

Obtains electronic plans from engineers/architects/owners. Prepares formal submittal booklets, containing schematics, technical literature, record drawings and O&M manuals per project requirements as necessary to support each contract.

Participates in internal design review meetings and submits detailed project drawings to the project manager for review.

Liaises with other members of the project team as directed and required.

Participate in project turnover meetings with both sales and project team. Provide project team with all documentation, programming graphics, etc. per project requirements.

Obtain project design information as required from vendors, insurance carriers, owners, consultants and AHJ as required.


Advance technical skills and experience related to Fire & Life Safety systems

Knowledge/expertise in AutoCAD

Strong skills in reading and understanding construction drawings, architectural and electrical layouts and diagrams

Strong knowledge of electrical/electronic theory and components

Exceptional customer focus and ability to work under pressure; ability to maintain awareness of, and seek to meet the needs and wants of the customer without being prompted

Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously

Strong computer skills including Microsoft SharePoint and the MS Office suite of applications (Outlook, Word, Excel)


NICET certification II desired, III a plus

Knowledge of Smoke Control a plus

Revit experience a plus

EST Certification a plus

Cowles Search

Why Work Here?

Cowles Search is a uniquely focused recruiting firm in the building systems arena.

Cowles Search does most of its work in the field of HVAC controls, building automation, plus fire/life-safety/security and contracting in general all around the United States. Primarily, the roles we fill are for Controls Engineers, Controls Technicians, and Sales Engineers. We will also work to recruit for Project Managers and other related roles in HVAC, building systems, contracting and energy conservation. Our common client is a Controls Contractor, anywhere from a 10-person company to a $100M company with hundreds of employees, and from small markets to very large metropolitan markets. In many markets, we are placing fire alarm, life safety and security (card access and CCTV) salespeople, system designers, IT/Network electricians, inspectors and management/leaders.


Portland, OR
Portland, OR

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