Senior Fire Systems Engineer- Walt Disney World Resort

Parks, Experiences and Products
July 30, 2022
Foster City, CA
Job Type


What do cool air in the Cinderella's Castle, building lights in Epcot World Showplace, and the vertical turbine pumps at Animal Kingdom's Kali River Rapids have in common? They are all things that Guests enjoy at Walt Disney World's Parks and Resorts and they all rely on fire protection systems. As a Senior Fire Protection Engineer, you would be an essential part of a team of professionals that make our Parks and Resorts safe, sustainable, and brimming with Disney "magic."

Being a Senior Fire Systems Engineer at Disney is different, not only because of the variety of systems and projects, but also because our engineers are called upon to be thought-partners at the very early stages of development, and are empowered to act for ongoing projects and maintenance.

At Disney, the scope of a Senior Fire Systems Engineer work is remarkable. Every day as a Senior Fire Systems Engineer is different! On any given day, you might provide expertise in the following areas:

1. Fire protection
2. Life safety
3. Building and fire codes
4. Fire hazard and risk assessment of materials and processes
5. Fire and smoke spread
6. Industrial fire hazards
7. Fire investigation support

You will report to the Manager of the Sustaining Team

Responsibilities :

The primary responsibilities will be in providing fire protection engineering support for all lines of business at the Disney World Parks and Resorts for capital projects and for facility sustaining engineering support.

  • Work on variety of facility assets that support amusement facilities
  • Systems accountabilities include:
  • fire detection and alarm
  • automatic sprinkler
  • water-based fire protection systems including water supplies and fire pumps
  • smoke control and smoke management systems
  • means of egress, exiting, and emergency movement of people and crowds in public assembly
  • commercial cooking fire protection
  • special hazards fire protection systems, life safety systems, building automation and controls
  • explosion protection
  • You will operate in an environment of diverse general engineering knowledge in other areas such as codes, hazardous materials storage, use, and handling; gas alarm systems; elevator, conveyance, and ride safety; pyrotechnics; OSHA and general safety

Job tasks for the Senior Fire Systems Engineer include:

  • Field engineering support; technical input for inspection, testing, and maintenance
  • Investigation, root cause and failure analysis
  • Design systems including calculations, drawings, and submittals
  • Review system designs developed by project design teams for accuracy, compliance with WDW standards and guiding principles, quality and completeness
  • Recommend system improvements, enhancements and replacements.
  • Proactively interface and consult with WDW lines of business, engineering services teams, and project managers to provide world class engineering support

Basic Qualifications :

  • In-depth knowledge of Building and Fire Codes and NFPA Codes and Standards
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD or Revit
  • 8+ years of experience in fire protection design related work or fire protection consulting

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Specific experience with theme parks, resort hotels, and mixed-use facilities
  • Knowledge in the application of computer modeling tools for fire and smoke spread and timed egress analysis (CFD, PyroSim, Pathfinder)
  • Experience with codes and standards development, including committee involvement (e.g. NFPA, ASTM, ICC, CFR, FBC)
  • Experience with fire testing and regulatory application of fire test methods to building materials
  • Professional Engineer License
  • Experience with testing and commissioning of fire and life safety systems

Required Education :

  • Bachelor's Degree in Fire Protection Engineering Or related field
  • Bachelors in Engineering

Preferred Education :

  • Masters Degree in Fire Protection Engineering or related field

Additional Information :

Benefits and Perks: Disney offers a rewards package to help you live your best life. This includes health and savings benefits, educational opportunities and special extras that only Disney can provide. Learn more about our benefits and perks at






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