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Fire Protection Engineering Technician - Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

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Fire Protection Engineering Technician - Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology's 2-year Fire Protection Engineering Technician Diploma is primarily designed for individuals interested in a career 'in developing and implementing design and business solutions for the fire industry.' 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 design and installation of fire protection systems, leading edge computer software systems, sprinkler and alarm processes, 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 3 and 4.

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. Furthermore, the Fire Protection Engineering Technician shares its 1st semester cirrocumuli with the College's 3-year Fire Protection Engineering Technology program, and students of the former are afforded the option of transferring to the latter upon successful completion of the 1st semester.

Graduates of the Fire Protection Engineering Technician program 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, via the Program's firefighter training, 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 Western Ontario (UWO) and York University. Students who earn a 3.50 grade point average 'will be considered for admission to a relevant Engineering Science program' at UWO while 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.'


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