Designing Fire Protection Systems - The Role of the Engineer and Engineering Technician

NSPE’s certification division, National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) presents this webinar in support of National Building Safety Month. 

Experience Level: Any level of experience

This presentation will discuss Position Statement 2020-1 The Engineer and the Engineering Technician Designing Fire Protection Systems published by SFPE and endorsed by AFSA and other industry associations. Specifically, this presentation will examine the roles of engineers and the engineering technician and specific roles and responsibilities that each party is responsible for during the life cycle of a fire-protection project.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Define the minimum National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying’s
2. (NCEES) educational requirements and years of experience to become a licensed professional engineer.
3. Explain the role of the fire protection engineer.
4. Explain different levels of a NICET designer.
5. Explain the role of the fire design technician.
6. Explain responsibilities of the fire protection engineer.
7. Explain responsibilities of the fire design technician.

1 PDH 


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John Denhardt, P.E., ET, CWBSP, FSFPE

Vice President, Engineering & Technical Services

American Fire Sprinkler Association

John August Denhardt, P.E., ET, CWBSP, FSFPE, is the vice president of engineering and technical services for the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA). He is responsible for strengthening AFSA’s engineering and technical approaches to meeting member, industry, and operational priorities, with an emphasis on service, quality, and integrity. Denhardt is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in the District of Columbia and the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He is NICET Level III certified in water-based systems layout, NICET Level III certified in inspection and testing of water-based systems, and a certified water-based system professional through NFPA. Denhardt is a member of the NFPA 13 technical committee on sprinkler system discharge criteria, a fellow in the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), a member of the SFPE Board of Directors, a member of the Board of Trustees for NFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation and sits on the University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering’s Board of Visitors. A native of Maryland, Denhardt holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland College Park in fire protection engineering. Prior to this role, Denhardt was employed by Strickland Fire Protection in Forestville, Maryland, since 1994, overseeing large-scale projects and assisting with design and installation technical issues.

Linda Biernacki


Fire Tech Systems

Serving as Chair of the Board and Region 4 Director, Linda M. Biernacki is the founder/president of Fire Tech Systems, Inc., Shreveport, Louisiana. Fire Tech Systems is an AFSA Quality Contractor, ISNetworld Certified, and is licensed in six states (Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas). With over 33 years of experience, Biernacki provides industry experience, knowledge, and background. She Past Chair of the NICET board of governors (June 2022-June 2023) , past board member and current member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) board of directors, past president and current board member of the Louisiana Fire Sprinkler Association (LFSA), represents AFSA on the NFPA 232 Committee for Protection of Records, and is past AFSA40 Convention Committee and Membership & Chapter Development chair. Biernacki is certified in NICET Level III Fire Protection Engineering Technology Water-Based Systems Layout and is certified by the Women’s Business Council Gulf Coast. 

Michael Aitken, P.E., F.NSPE, DFE, CxA, LEEP AP O+M

Vice President

MEA Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Michael Aitken, P.E., F.NSPE, DFE, CxA, LEEP AP O+M is the Vice President of MEA Consulting Engineers, Inc. in Aurora, CO.  Michael was NSPE President 2018-2019, is the President-Elect of The National Academy of Forensic Engineers, of the Board of Governors of NICET, member of The National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers, and chair of the Building Code and Contractors Appeals Board for the City of Aurora, Colorado.  Michael has been a licensed professional engineer for 32 years and is licensed in 29 states.



Live event: 05/29/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT) You must register to access.