Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology's 3-year Fire Protection Engineering Technology, with optional Co-operative Education, is primarily designed for individuals interested in a career 'in developing and implementing design and business solutions for the fire industry.' The Program is renowned in North America for its combination of 'comprehensive fire protection education' and 'the best aspects of both prevention and fire suppression.' The Program is associated and affiliated with some of the foremost associations in the Firefighting field include the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association, Canadian Fire Alarm Association, Canadian Fire Safety Association, Industrial Fire Prevention Association, National Fire Protection Association, Ontario Industrial Fire Protection Association, Society of Fire Protection Engineers.
Students will 'work with state-of-the-art equipment under the guidance of fire protection professors and industry practitioners in the fire sciences labs' acquiring proficiency in major areas like 'the advanced design and installation of fire protection systems, leading edge computer software systems, fire dynamics, properties and hazards, advanced sprinkler and alarm development, as well as optional training in fire fighting and wildland fire suppression.' Students are also given the opportunity to 'complete endorsed firefighter training through professional options' offered during semesters 5 and 6. Furthermore, the Program affords students optional Co-operative Education; the latter is open to learners 'completing Semester 2 with passing grades in all subjects, meeting appropriate GPA requirements, and entering into the three year (six semester) program.' The Co-op 'consists of two work terms providing course related experience, employer contacts, and improved opportunities for desired placement after graduation.'
Graduates can pursue various career and/or further educational options in the Firefighting industry. Career-wise, graduates will be ready to seek positions in the growing field of fire protection and suppression including advanced fire protection, fire alarm installation, and Firefighting. Students will also have acquired the qualifications that will allow them to be candidates for various professional, full time employment in front-line Firefighting in Ontario and throughout Canada.
Through further training, firefighters may become fire investigators who attempt to reconstruct the origin and cause(s) of a fire. Investigators will usually collect evidence and witness accounts which they then use to produce reports about said fire; in cases where the law may become involved, investigators may be called to testify in court.
Graduates of the Program can also pursue further education and/or training at various institutes, colleges, and universities across Canada. For example, graduates can take advantage of the College's existing transfer agreements with the University of Cincinnati (UC), University of Western Ontario (UWO) and York University. At UC, qualified graduates can complete the 4-year 'Bachelor of Science in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology with one additional year of full time study through on line courses offered by the University of Cincinnati. Students wishing to take advantage of this articulation must declare their intention prior to the second year of study in order to ensure that the appropriate professional options are in place.' Further information regarding the Seneca-UC agreement can be attained by contacting 'John Glass, Articulation Coordinator at 416 491-5050 extension 6761 or email@example.com.' At UWO, students who earn a 3.50 grade point average 'will be considered for admission to a relevant Engineering Science program.' At York, graduates can transfer up to 9 credits or 1.5 university courses.
To be eligible for admission to the Fire Protection Engineering Technician program, applicants must have an 'Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a majority of senior credits at the College Preparation (C), University Preparation (U) or University/College Preparation (M) level,' including 'Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)' and 'Grade 12 Mathematics, MCT4(C)-Math for College Technology or any Grade 12(U) Mathematics.' The College 'may also consider applicants with good marks in 11(U) or MAP4(C)' and 'consideration may also be given to applicants who completed Grade 11(M) prior to the 2006 - 2007 academic year.' Students who do not possess the aforementioned credentials and who are 19 years of age or older may apply under "mature student status." Moreover, 'all students admitted to programs offered by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology will be assessed in English and Mathematics' to determine 'appropriate academic placement and re-direction.'