Position/Program Information FIRE DEPARTMENT TYPE OF RECRUITMENT OPEN COMPETITIVE - EMERGENCY APPLICATION FILING PERIOD: Applications will be accepted beginning September 20, 2023 at 8:00 a.m.
This examination will remain open until the needs of the service are met and is subject to close without prior notice. EXAM NUMBER 33773S-EA
The LA County Board of Supervisors recently
declared a local state of emergency for homelessness , and the County is working to revise and expand our response to help all who are affected. We are looking for qualified and passionate individuals to help us in the mission of addressing issues like housing, mental health, and substance use. If you are looking for a new career that will directly benefit the population of LA County, this may be the opportunity for you.
County of Los Angeles Fire Department is seeking qualified candidates to fill emergency Fire Prevention Engineering Assistant II vacancies related to the homelessness crisis.
Under the emergency order, applicants who meet the requirements may be hired for an initial period of up to 90 days, with an opportunity for permanent County employment. Before the end of your initial work period, you will be assessed on your work performance. This assessment will be weighted 100%. Those who successfully pass the assessment will be considered for permanent appointment to Fire Prevention Engineering Assistant II. DEFINITION:
Under general supervision, performs professional fire protection engineering work involving review and approval of complex construction plans, and inspection of building sites for compliance with fire protection codes and regulations. CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS:
Positions allocable to this class are located in the Prevention Bureau of the Fire Department. Positions work under the administrative and technical supervision of a supervisory level fire prevention engineer. Incumbents are engaged in the performance of all fire protection engineering assignments. They are responsible for professional fire protection engineering work involving plan checks of technically complex structures, and review of fire flow and hydrant requirements for the purpose of safeguarding life and property against loss from fire, panic, and related hazards. Incumbents provide technical supervision to Fire Prevention Engineering Assistant I's. Incumbents in this class must possess thorough knowledge and understanding of engineering principles; acquired through academic training or related work experience, and thorough knowledge of fire codes and regulations; and fire hazardous materials. Incumbents must also exercise knowledge of the interpretation of legal land maps and parcels, and knowledge of mathematics sufficient to perform related engineering calculations.
Essential Job Functions
- Conducts plan reviews and issues approvals for complex fire sprinkler systems (e.g., private fire line, wet-pipe, dry-pipe, pre-action, deluge and foam systems, standpipe and fire pump systems), fire alarm systems (e.g., automatic, manual, supervising station, emergency communications), fire sprinkler monitoring systems, and/or clean agent systems by reviewing and interpreting applicable codes (e.g., building, fire, residential, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards); and comparing submitted plans (paper and computerized) using applicable software programs (e.g., Electronic Permitting and Inspection County of Los Angeles (EPIC LA)) in order to ensure that fire sprinkler systems and/or fire alarm systems are in compliance with minimum required codes and standards.
- Acts as a liaison for the Los Angeles County Fire department by attending meetings with upper management, local government officials (e.g., County/City, Water Departments, Building/Planning Department officials), and applicants (e.g., architects, engineers, contractors, owners); and interpreting and providing information pertaining to fire sprinkler/fire alarm system requirements in order to inform all involved of minimum code requirements for fire sprinkler systems and/or fire alarm systems.
- Clarifies and interprets fire sprinkler/fire alarm system requirements imposed on projects submitted for review by architects, engineers, or owners (e.g., home, building) by reviewing and interpreting applicable codes (e.g., building, fire, residential, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards); communicating with applicants and providing a list of corrections; and ensuring compliance with applicable codes in order to approve the submitted projects.
- Consults with supervisor or higher-level staff for highly complex fire sprinkler/fire alarm system projects (e.g., large arenas, high-rise buildings, large warehouses) by conducting meetings and discussing the project; and presenting documentation (e.g., alternative means and method) in order to provide the applicant with final approval/denial of submitted projects.
- Conducts field inspections (e.g., fire flow test, fire pump acceptance test) by visiting project sites; witnessing or performing flow tests; and verifying test results in order to confirm project requirements are being met.
- Verifies calculations by reviewing submitted hydraulic calculations for trees, loops, and complex grid fire sprinkler systems; or reviewing voltage drop, back-up battery, and conduit fill calculations for fire alarm systems in order to ensure the submitted data supports what is on the plan.
- Collects fees associated with fire sprinkler and fire alarm systems by establishing the proper plan review fees; creating invoices for the fees; and verifying payment through Electronic Permitting and Inspection County of Los Angeles (EPIC LA) in order to ensure proper payment is received.
- Assist in new construction inspection on complex fire sprinkler/fire alarm system(s) by witnessing inspection and verifying proper installation of the system in order to confirm that the installation is in compliance with approved plans.
Requirements SPECIALTY REQUIREMENTS: TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Option I:
A Certificate of Registration* as a Fire Protection Engineer -AND- One year's experience performing fire protection engineering work designing various types of fire sprinkler systems (e.g., wet-pipe, dry-pipe, pre-action, deluge and foam systems) or fire alarm systems (e.g., automatic, manual, supervising station, emergency communications) Option II:
Graduation from an accredited** college with a bachelor's degree* specialization in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or fire protection engineering - AND - One year's experience performing fire protection engineering work designing various types of fire sprinkler systems (e.g., wet-pipe, dry-pipe, pre-action, deluge and foam systems) or fire alarm systems (e.g., automatic, manual, supervising station, emergency communications) Option III:
Five years experience performing fire protection engineering work designing various types of fire sprinkler systems (e.g., wet-pipe, dry-pipe, pre-action, deluge and foam systems) or fire alarm systems (e.g., automatic, manual, supervising station, emergency communications) LICENSE:
A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions. PHYSICAL CLASS:
3 - Moderate - Includes standing or walking most of the time, with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching; includes working on irregular surfaces, occasionally lifting objects weighting over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds. SPECIALTY REQUIREMENT INFORMATION
*In order to receive credit for any certificate(s), license(s), or college or university degree, such as a Bachelor's degree or higher, you must include a legible copy of the certificate(s), license(s), or either the Official Degree, Official Transcript(s)*, or Official Letter from the accredited institution (which shows the area of specialization and the date the degree was awarded) with the Registrar's signature and school seal at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days of submitting an online application.
If you are unable to attach your documents, you may e-mail them to Fire-Examination@fire.lacounty.gov or fax them to (323) 264-7159. Failure to provide any required documentation will result in application rejection . Please include your Name, Exam Number, and the Exam Title on the submitted documents. Note:
"Official Transcript" is defined as a transcript that bears the college seal and states "official and/or copy" issued by the school's Registrar Office. A printout of the transcript from the school's website is NOT
considered official and therefore, will not
be accepted and will result in your application being incomplete and rejected.
**Accredited institutions are those listed in the publications of regional, national or international accrediting agencies, which are accepted by the Department of Human Resources. Publications such as American Universities and Colleges and International Handbook of Universities are acceptable references. Also Acceptable, if appropriate, are degrees that have been evaluated and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from United States accredited institutions by an academic credential evaluation agency recognized by The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE).
Additional Information EXAMINATION CONTENT:
Before the end of your initial work assignment, the appointing department will evaluate your performance. Those who achieve a passing score on this evaluation will be considered for permanent appointment.
All notifications will be sent electronically to the email address provided on the application. It is important that you provide a valid email address. DO NOT select "off" under Email Preferences within your profile or click "unsubscribe" on our notices if you would like the County of Los Angeles to notify you regarding your application status, test schedules, and other important information pertaining to your candidacy for this position. Please add Alexander.Javaherdashti@fire.lacounty.gov and firstname.lastname@example.org , to your email address and list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as spam/junk/clutter mail.
Applicants can opt out of emails from Los Angeles County; however, if you unsubscribe, you will not receive any email notification for any examination for which you apply with Los Angeles County. APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION:
Applications must be submitted online only. We must receive your application before 5:00 p.m., PT, on the last day of filing. Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" green button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this web site.
Plan to submit your online application well in advance of the 5:00 p.m. deadline as you may be required to verify your email address. This only needs to be done once per email address, and if you already have a job seeker account on governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty, you can verify at any time by logging in and following the prompts. This is to enhance the security of your online application and to ensure you do not enter an incorrect email address.
Fill out your application completely. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the Specialty Requirements as listed on this job posting. Any required documents (i.e., transcripts or certifications) must be submitted at the time of filing or within 15 days from submitting your application.
Provide any relevant job experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, and description of work performed. If your application is incomplete, it will be rejected. SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE:
The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly show that you meet the Specialty Requirements. Please fill out your application and supplemental questionnaire completely and correctly to receive full credit for any related education, training, and job experience. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your actual job title, beginning and ending dates, description of work performed, total number of hours worked (full or part time). Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for this job. Your application will be rejected if it is incomplete. We may reject your application at any time during the selection process. AVAILABLE SHIFT:
Any Shift - Appointees must be willing to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays. VACANCY INFORMATION:
The eligible list resulting from this examination will be used to fill the Fire Prevention Engineering Assistant II vacancies in the County of Los Angeles Fire Department, as they occur. BACKGROUND CHECK INFORMATION:
Candidates who are extended a conditional offer of employment will be required to complete a background check, including a review of any criminal convictions, which requires a fingerprint scan. A candidate with a conviction history which has a direct and adverse relationship with the duties of the Fire Prevention Engineering Assistant II position may undergo the process for his/her conditional offer of employment to be rescinded. If rescinded, a candidate's name will be removed from the certification list pursuant to Civil Service Rule 6.04. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:
Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number. COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES:
For applicants who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County. Refer to their website for more information: http://lacountylibrary.org . NO SHARING OF USER ID, EMAIL AND PASSWORD:
All applicants must file their application using their own user ID and password. Using a family member's or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record. ANTI-RACISM, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION (ARDI):
The County of Los Angeles recognizes and affirms that all people are created equal and are entitled to all rights afforded by the Constitution of the United States. The County of Los Angeles Fire Department is committed to promoting Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts to address the inequalities and disparities amongst various groups of people. We support the ARDI Strategic Plan and its goals by improving equality, diversity, and inclusion in recruitment, selection, and employment practices. Department Contact Name: Fire Examination Section
Department Contact Phone:
(213) 466-5500 Department Contact Email:
Fire-Examination@fire.lacounty.gov Teletype Phone: (800) 735-2922
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Closing Date/Time: Continuous