Specialist fire engineering qualification now available in South East with new flexible/part-time offering from WIT developed with input from the Chief Fire Officer of Wexford County Council.
Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) today launched a new industry focused part-time Fire Engineering programme for professionals wishing to upskill and develop competencies in fire safety. The Bachelor of Engineering in Fire Engineering will be delivered on Friday evenings and Saturdays over a 12 month period.
In Waterford to launch the programme was John Paul Phelan TD, Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. Speaking at the launch Minister Phelan said “Modern building methods and regulation have greatly improved the fire safety of our built environment, but there is also scope for improvement. This course will not only serve to educate those who have responsibility for designing, building, or refurbishing our living and working environments going forward, but also those who serve as the failsafe, who ensure initial and on-going fire safety of our buildings and those who endeavour to protect us should the worst happen.”
Industry engagement and meeting the needs of industry is a key factor of programme development at WIT. Dr. Derek Sinnott, Head of the Department of the Built Environment developed the part-time programme with valuable industry input from the Chief Fire Officer of Wexford County Council Paul L’Estrange to meet the demand for employees with specialist fire safety engineering skills.
Dr. Sinnott explained that there is growing awareness of fire safety in design and a greater understanding of the need for competence in fire protection design and for installation professionals. Additionally, the introduction of the Building Control Amendment Regulations (BCAR) 2014 has had a very significant effect on the way building design and construction is managed and certified.
“Grenfell Tower, Priory Hall and Millfield Manor are all names that we all know of because recent issues and media coverage. While this comes in the wake of recent high profile fire events the programme has been in development for a number of years. By participating in programmes like our new Fire Engineering course, graduates will possess a comprehensive understanding of the scientific and technological principles related to fire science and engineering and will be equipped to deal with complex fire engineering issues.”
Paul L’Estrange, Chief Fire Officer at Wexford County Council also attended today’s launch. “The Fire Engineering degree will also be of great benefit to local authority staff who want to progress from Fire-Fighter and Fire Officer through to senior ranks,” said L’Estrange. “This industry-led course will equip them with specialist knowledge of fire in all its forms, enabling them to respond professionally and perform effectively in the highly complex and challenging world of fire safety, fire prevention and emergency management.”
Details of the programme can be found at www.wit.ie/fire
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The introduction of the Building Control Amendment Regulations (BCAR) has had a very significant effect on the way building design and construction is managed and executed. 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.
The National Directorate of Fire and Emergency Management (NDFEM) aspires to align fire service training and development with the National Framework of Qualifications. One of the objectives is the introduction of the competency based system to facilitate career progression and promotion from fire-fighter to (sub) station officer and through to the senior ranks.
About the Bachelor of Engineering in Fire Engineering
The level 7 programme provides an academic pathway for individuals from diverse backgrounds to upskill and engage with the fire engineering industry. The programme will be of interest to Built Environment professionals including, Architects, Architectural Technologists, Qualified Tradespersons, Construction and Facilities Managers, Buildings Services Engineers and Design Consultants, Local Authority, Fire Service and Fire Industry personnel wishing to specialise in Fire Engineering.
This new industry focused programme will be delivered on a flexible basis over three semesters (including summer), allowing completion in one calendar year. Students can progress at their own rate, by taking individual modules or minor awards in Fire Legislation, Fire Management, Fire Safety Systems, Fire Safety and Fire Science.
About Waterford Institute of Technology
WIT has more than 8,000 students across five campuses in Waterford city, with education delivered from higher certificate to doctoral level.
The Institute has continued to make a huge contribution to the educational, societal, and economic health of the region.
WIT has been hugely successful over the last 48 years, with close to 2,500 students graduating each year, and acts as a catalyst for positive change in the south east and further afield.
Over the last 10 years, the Institute has been granted in excess of €150 million in external research funding, leading the field of research in the institute of technology sector, and similar to some smaller universities.
WIT offers over 80 part-time flexible higher education courses on an ongoing basis providing accessible upskilling opportunities for employees across a broad range of areas including ‘ladders of opportunity’ to build toward professional qualifications in Good Manufacturing Practice, Computing, Manufacturing Engineering and Business.
WIT also works with industry training bodies (such as Skillnets) and state developmental agency initiatives (such as Springboard+) to provide upskilling opportunities in response to specific needs of the local and regional economy.
WIT also offers bespoke upskilling courses to industry with extensive work ongoing in Lean, Building Information Modelling and Materials Sciences.
The new part-time/flexible handbook 2018 was recently launched and lists course options available including new courses this year in areas as diverse as Fire Engineering and Sportsturf Science along with a well-established portfolio of courses in areas such as biopharma, manufacturing, computing, childcare, further education, social studies and humanities. See details at www.wit.ie/parttime.
WIT School of Engineering
WIT’s School of Engineering provides professionally accredited flexible pathways for lifelong learning in a variety of engineering, architecture and built environment disciplines.
The School includes three Departments (Architecture, Built Environment and Engineering Technology) and is home to a broad range of education courses and research programmes from Higher Certificate to Doctorate at Levels 6-10 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.
In addition to gaining specialist individual knowledge and skills, WIT School of Engineering students increasingly work in interdisciplinary teams to help solve real world problems. Most of its degree programmes also include an Industrial Placement semester in Ireland or overseas.
The School of Engineering’s innovative research activities are typically carried out in partnership with local, national and international companies, organisations and communities.
It runs a number of part-time and flexible programmes for industry and engineering professionals.
Pictured from left: Paul L’Estrange, Chief Fire Officer at Wexford County Council, John Paul Phelan TD, Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and Dr. Derek Sinnott, Head of the Department of the Built Environment at WIT
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