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Continental Fire Sprinkler Company Fire Sprinkler Designer- Continental Fire Sprinkler Company in Davenport, Iowa

Requisition ID: 133879

Job Level: Mid Level

Home District/Group: Continental Fire & Alarm District

Department: Design Engineering

Market: Building

Employment Type: Full Time

Position Overview

We are an innovative and collaborative team of designers that prepare submittal and field installation drawings, hydraulic calculations, and submittal data for fire protection systems based on the requirements set by NFPA code standards, the International Building Code, and the Local Authority or fire marshal. The position is direct experienced level in fire sprinkler design and will require minimal training provided by the company. The training will involve company policies and standards rather than the entry level directed classroom training.

The experienced level designer will be expected to know how to read construction drawings, prepare fire protection installation drawings and hydraulic calculations, prepare material stocklists, visit the construction jobsites to review actual field conditions, and troubleshoot installation conflicts in the field.

This position, being a part of the construction industry, is extremely schedule and deadline driven. The key attributes needed for this position are Drive, Adaptability, and Effective Intelligence (learning a principle and applying it to unique situations). The most successful candidates will exhibit the qualities of humility, integrity, and team-ability.

We are looking for experienced resilient candidates that can perform the job duties on day one and still learn new things, have a curious mind and are not afraid to ask questions, be able to adapt to changes, meet deadlines, and be humble enough to learn from mistakes.

District Overview

A Subsidiary of Kiewit Corporation, Continental Fire Sprinkler Company is one of the Midwest’s largest and most-respected fire protection contractors. With its headquarters in Omaha, NE, Continental also operates through branch offices throughout the region. Continental offers complete construction services for all markets and project sizes as well as testing and maintenance services.


The locations of our position needs are Omaha, NE, Des Moines, IA, and Davenport, IA.


  • Be proficient at designing fire suppression systems including wet, dry, pre-action, and foam fire sprinkler systems

  • Be proficient at detailing of shop drawings (field installation drawings and hydraulic calculations), field engineering (on the jobsite support and review), and operation planning (field installation support)

  • Compile and prepare plan submittals (shop drawings) and material submittals for review by architects, engineers, clients, and authorities having jurisdiction

  • Coordinate fire sprinkler design with the building structure and other MEP subcontractors

  • Be proficient at preparing project material stocklists to be used for material procurement

  • Oversee project scheduling, onsite operations planning, quantity tracking, material fabrication and procurement

  • Field engineering troubleshooting and support for the installation operations on the jobsite

  • Contract administration and communication with the general contractor and authority having jurisdiction

  • Prepare “as-built” drawings for in-house archive and client files.

  • Be able to teach others how to read construction, engineering, architectural, and structural plans

  • Be able to teach the fundamental understanding of general construction methods, practices, and terminology

  • Be able to perform objective peer review and mentoring in a team environment

  • General understanding of job costs related to engineering, material and fabrication, and labor

  • Self-directed NFPA and Building Code research


  • Engineering, Fire Protection Engineering, Engineering Technology, Construction Management, or related degree preferred

  • 2+ years fire sprinkler design experience along with associated 2+ years direct construction related experience

  • Experienced with AutoSPRINK software strongly preferred

  • NICET certification strongly preferred

  • Experienced with MS Excel, Word, and AutoCAD preferred

  • High level of self-discipline, motivation, and ability to operate in a team environment

  • Highly motivated, with a demonstrated passion for excellence and taking initiative

  • Strong work ethic, willing to do what it takes to get the job done right the first time

  • Demonstrated commitment to ethics and integrity

  • Passion for safety, with the ability to help us ensure that nobody gets hurt

  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills

  • Team player with the ability to work independently to meet deadlines, goals and objectives

  • Strong organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail


Other Requirements:

• Regular, reliable attendance

• Work productively and meet deadlines timely

• Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment.

• Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.

• Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Company: Continental