Work in Iowa Construction Jobs

Job Information

Continental Fire Sprinkler Company Designer - Fire Suppression Systems - Continental in DesMoines, Iowa

Requisition ID: 170029

Job Level: Mid Level

Home District/Group: Continental Fire & Alarm District

Department: Design Engineering

Market: Building

Employment Type: Full Time

Continental has been in business for over 50 years and has the expertise, and resources to handle every aspect of fire sprinkler protection for any size project! We have a great team of qualified professionals and are adding a Designer/PM to our team, to support all types of customers. If you have fire protection experience in one particular market area but looking to expand your skills by working on larger more complex projects - we would love to talk with you! We support Fire Suppression Systems design/installation and services for Energy, Educational, Healthcare, Retail, Sports Facilities/Entertainment, High Rise offices, manufacturing, casinos and residential customers. Our collaborative team of designers/PM's support work in various regions throughout the Central United Sates and support Fire suppression design, installation, 3D design, Design/Build, alarm/detection, service and inspection. We are looking for an experienced designer with at least a few years of experience that knows 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.

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 based in our offices in the following locations: Omaha, NE, Des Moines, IA, and Davenport, IA. Relocation is offered for this position.


Design fire suppression systems including wet, dry, pre-action, and foam fire sprinkler systems

Perform detailed shop drawings (field installation drawings and hydraulic calculations), field engineering functions (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

Prepare project material stocklists to be used for material procurement

Assist with Field engineering troubleshooting and support for the installation operations on the jobsite

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

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


Associates degree in Engineering, Fire Protection Engineering, Engineering Technology, Construction Management, or related degree is preferred, but 6+ years of experience in design and construction in lieu of degree will be considered.

2+ years fire sprinkler design experience for construction is required

Experienced with AutoSPRINK, HydroCAD, or SprinkCAD 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 with strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills

Team player, but able to work independently; Highly motivated, with a demonstrated passion for excellence and taking initiative

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

Strong organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail


Fire Sprinkler Design, Design Technician, Fire Suppression Systems Design, MEP, Engineering Technician,

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