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Date: Jan 12, 2021

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32303

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Requisition No: 290441 

Agency: Financial Services

Working Title: ENGINEERING SPECIALIST IV - SES - 43000998

Position Number: 43000998 

Salary:  $46,381.20 - $108,147.72 

Posting Closing Date: 01/21/2021 





Minimum of an AS degree required; preference could be given to an engineering or architectural degree.

Additional requirements:

  • Fire Safety Inspector I  
  • Valid and current driver’s license

Fire Code Administrator preferred; preference could be given to a Fire Safety Inspector II

Additional preferences:

  • Records database experience
  • Minimum of 3 years in fire safety field inspections, plans review or specification review
  • Experience in managing projects
  • Experience in supervision or as lead worker

This position frequently maintains and reports statistical data and budgetary items for the Plan Review Section.

This position requires a security background check, including fingerprint as a condition of employment. 

Employees of the Department of Financial Services are paid on a monthly pay cycle. 

Responses to qualifying questions must be clearly supported by the State application and any omission, falsification or misrepresentation in the answering of the qualifying questions will be cause for immediate elimination from the selection process.

Minimum Qualifications for this position include the following REQUIRED ENTRY LEVEL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: 

  • Knowledge of the concepts, terminology, principles and analytical techniques of an engineering specialty area.
  • Knowledge of engineering design, construction, production and/or operations.
  • Skill in using engineering tools, equipment and/or instruments.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret engineering data.
  • Ability to solve problems relating to engineering.
  • Ability to perform technical engineering inspections.
  • Ability to apply engineering quantitative techniques.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate engineering information effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


Supervises the Plans Review Section and Staff. Assignments afford opportunity for independent judgment in planning work details and in making technical decisions.  Work is performed under the general supervision of a higher-level administrative employee and is reviewed for detail, compliance with various fire laws, administrative rules, codes and standards and for conformance with agency policies and procedures. Coordinates and oversees activities of assigned Engineers and Support Staff personnel in the Plans Review Section, including checking plans and specifications for proposed construction, renovation and alteration projects and change of occupancy drawings; checks architects and engineers plans prior to assignment to staff members for correctness of specifications, design, materials, sectional details, and adequate information to provide for a comprehensive plans review.

Assists in planning workloads, workflow, assigns and tracts projects for meeting deadlines and statutory compliance.  Performs the more complex and difficult work in conducting comprehensive plans review for fire protection and safety, including the review of plans and specifications complied by consulting architects and engineers. 

Coordinates the compliance verification, inspections and evaluation activities by Engineers and fire Protection Specialists to determine that plans and specifications for fire protection are adhered to by Contractors during various phases of construction.

Prepares comprehensive written reports on fire protection projects; respond to correspondence and telephone inquiries and maintain prescribed records, formulates productivity reports, and other material pertinent to the discharge of duties.  Coordinates and assist in compliance testing procedures for fire protection systems, materials and processes.

Provides technical assistance to Engineers and Architects in the design of fire suppression and protection systems.  Review working plans for new and existing construction of state owned and state leased buildings, including renovations, alteration and change of occupancy.  Verify the validity of automatic sprinkler designs or high-rise combination standpipe and sprinkler systems, including calculating minimum end head flow, or flows based on available water supply; the design and layout of grid systems, or other combinations of piping arrangements. Analyzing hydraulic calculations to verify the design of automatic sprinkler and standpipe systems.  Coordinates and oversees the review of engineering plans for special hazardous materials protection systems, HVAC installations, the design of smoke control and removal systems, above and underground tank design, automatic fire detection systems, calculate fire resistance for structures using wood, concrete or steel, and electrical installations to comply with the codes and standards.  Review designs for hood and duct, grease removal systems for commercial cooking, including the automatic extinguishing equipment.

Assists the Bureau Chief and the other Program Managers in developing, upgrading and implementing staff development and training programs to enhance professional development for personnel throughout the Bureau.  This includes conducting research of the latest fire protection practices, compiling technical data on fire protection systems and providing instruction and technical lectures.

In the absence of the Bureau Chief, may be assigned select duties and responsibilities of the Chief, to coordinate specific activities of the Bureau or to represent the Bureau at meetings, conferences and seminars.

Performs related work as assigned.

The incumbent of this position is a member of DFS’s disaster response team and in that capacity may be required, on short notice, to perform duties and necessary attendant travel in support of disaster relief efforts. 

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee