Bachelor of Engineering in Fire Engineering (September 2019)

Waterford Institute of Technology (CFIRE)
Key Programme Details
Award

Bachelor Degree Level 7

NFQ Level

7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Mixed

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

Department of Engineering Technology

General Information
Contact

Lorraine Quirke / Mr. Colm Tynan

Email

springboard@wit.ie

Phone

051834137

Address

A03, SOLLE
Waterford Institute of Technology
Main Campus
Cork Road
Waterford

Role

Course Coordinator / Course Leader

Important Dates
Application Deadline

01/08/2019

Start Date

09/09/2019

End Date

28/08/2020

About this Course

The 12 month BEng in Fire Engineering programme will demonstrate to students how to develop scientific and practical skills to undertake both prescriptive and performance based fire safety engineering design. Students will develop an understanding of the scientific and technological principles related to fire science and engineering and will have skills to enable them to develop and apply appropriate fire engineering techniques in building design. The course will benefit persons working within the fire services.
Modules:
• Introduction to Fire Engineering
• Fire Safety I
• Active Fire Safety Systems
• Fire Service Legislation
• Fire Safety II
• Passive Fire Safety Systems
• Fire Safety Management
• Fire Science
• Fire Dynamics
• Fire Service Management
• Application of Fire Safety Engineering
• Project

The course runs across two WIT semesters from mid-September 2019 to early May 2020. The will run every second week - Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 1 PM

Entry Requirements

Applicants with a minimum of a Level 6 NQF qualification in a built environment programme will be eligible for entry onto the programme. Applicants who have a senior trade with a minimum of 2 years relevant experience will be eligible for entry to the programme. Retained fire officers with a minimum of 7 years’ experience and full-time fire officers with a minimum of 5 years’ experience will be eligible for entry to the programme. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details. http://www.wit.ie/about_wit/documents_and_policies/english_language_requirements

Long Description

The BEng in Fire Engineering programme has developed in response to the developing skills shortage in Fire Engineering in the construction sector. Many serious fire related incidences have brought the issue of good fire engineering practice into the public realm. Recent events like Priory Hall and Millfield Manor Housing Estate in Ireland and Grenfell Towers in London raise questions about the competencies of construction professionals relating to fire safety in buildings.

The introduction of the Building Control Amendment Regulations (BCAR) 2013 has had a very significant effect on the way building design and construction is managed and implemented. The legislation outlines a chain of responsibility throughout the design and construction process creating a more onerous environment for all involved in the specification, design, installation, certification, inspection, management & maintenance of passive and active fire protection systems in buildings. This has had a direct impact on engineers, architects and building surveyors as well as relevant members of the professional design team, together with owners, builders and building control authorities. BCAR has set the scene for an improved culture of compliance in relation to building control.
Under this legislation almost every type of construction requires some degree of fire safety design encapsulated in a fire safety certificate application. As a result, employers such as architectural and engineering practices, large public companies and public bodies are increasingly looking for employees with specific sets of skills including fire safety engineering skills. Fire safety has become both important and widespread and requires people to study it in greater detail than before The BEng in Fire Engineering will deliver graduates who have developed scientific and practical skills to undertake both prescriptive and performance based fire safety engineering design.

Student will develop an understanding of the scientific and technological principles related to fire science and engineering. Graduates will have skills to enable them to develop and apply appropriate fire engineering techniques in building design.

The course has been designed to allow construction professionals such as architectural and consulting engineering practices, construction contractors, M&E contractors, building surveyors, building product suppliers, property risk assessment and insurance personnel to upskill and gain a qualification in fire engineering.

The course will also be of interest to personnel working within the fire services. The National Directorate of Fire and Emergency Management (NDFEM) are aligning fire service training and development with the National Framework of Qualifications. This will introduce a competency based system to facilitate career progression and promotion from fire-fighter to (sub) station officer and through to the senior ranks.

The course runs across two WIT semesters from mid-September 2019 to early May 2020. The will run every second week - Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 1 PM

Timetable Info

The course runs across two WIT semesters from mid-September 2019 to early May 2020. The will run every second week - Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 1 PM

Delivery Notes

Blended Delivery

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorraine Quirke

Address

A03, SOLLE
Waterford Institute of Technology
Main Campus
Cork Road
Waterford

Phone

051 834137

Email

springboard@wit.ie

RPL Information

https://www.wit.ie/courses/school/engineering/department_of_construction_civil_engineering/beng-in-fire-engineering#tab=entry