Industrial Fire Protection Certificate Curriculum

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Core Courses 30-32 hours

Total Hours Required for Degree Completion 30-32 hours

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 6 of the university graduate catalog.

FSE 101 – Fire Prevention.  An introduction to fire and safety related codes; fire prevention methods; mechanical systems; and engineering solutions for hazards. An in-depth look at the Life Safety Code, the function and testing of fire related building components.

FSE 120 – Fire Behavior and Combustion.  Introduction to the chemistry and dynamics of fire; including basic terminology and concepts that are applied to the physical and chemical properties of the development and spread of fire in a structure; hazardous materials and the Computer Fire Analysis.

FSE 221 – Fire Protection Systems.  Prerequisites: FSE 101, FSE 120. Introduction to fire detection, protection, control systems and extinguishment. Fixed and portable systems of the following types will be studied: automatic sprinklers, standpipes, dry chemical, foam, halogenated agents, fire alarm systems and diction.

FSE 300W – Technical Report Writing for Emergency Services.  Prerequisite: ENG 102. Develop oral and written communication skills specific to the public emergency service sector’s needs. Focusing on the technical aspects involved in supporting public initiatives operating within the legal system and learning the specific requirements for submitting documentation to various technical committees.

FSE 305 – Hazardous Materials.  Prerequisite: FSE 120. Study of hazardous material problems in transportation, storage, and use. Chemical properties relating to specific reactions, engineering controls, and control in an emergency situation. Emphasis on the role of pre-emergency planning, combating, coordinating, and controlling a hazardous materials incident. Credit not awarded to students who have credit for OSH 305.

FSE 320 –Principles of Emergency Services. An overview of organizational and management practices in the fire and safety fields. Emphasis on supervision and leadership styles, motivation, morale, and organizational behavior.

FSE 360 – Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply.  Prerequisite: FSE 120 and MAT 107. A study of water at rest and in motion, Bernoulli’s and Pascal’s theorems; water distribution systems, velocity, friction loss, pump and nozzle pressures required for fire protection.

FSE 480 – Industrial Fire Safety. Prerequisites: FSE 101 and FSE 120. Fire scenario analyses for industrial installations using test data, loss experience, and simplified theoretical modeling focusing on warehousing, storage of flammable liquids, and safety of electrical equipment and computers.

FSE 499 – Practicum.  Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Supervised field observation, research, and/or experience. Note: Students are encouraged to take the XTREME Industrial Fire & Hazard Training Course offered by Williams-Tyco and the Ansul-Tyco Fire School to satisfy the 6-hour practicum requirement.

OSH 261 – Principles of Occupational Safety and Health. Formerly OSH 361. History of the development of occupational safety and health. Methods of accident prevention and hazard control. Introduction to safety programs, workers’ compensation, emergency preparedness and accident investigation.

The certificate requires a grade of “C” or better in 24 hours of required courses and 6 hours of specialized practicum.

Gainful Employment-Higher Education Act (78 FR666665 and FR 66832) Disclosure:

Estimated program costs for the 31 credit hour Fire and Safety Engineering Technology Certificate are approximately $10,552; one student completed the program during the most recent reporting years (2013-2014); 
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