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Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree

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The Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology program at EKU is a unique
program that provides you with the knowledge to investigate fire damage, research
why protective measures failed, and identify how more effective fire prevention methods
can be developed and designed.


Course Topics

Courses in the Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree
program are designed to provide you with a strong background in math and science,
while also teaching you about the dynamics of fire and fire protection systems.

Course topics include:

  • Fire Dynamics
  • System Safety Analysis
  • Industrial Fire Safety
  • Fire Protection Design


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ABET Accredited

Eastern Kentucky University’s bachelor’s degree program in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology (FPSET) has been accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, learn more here.


Faculty members in the fire and safety degree programs are nationally and internationally known for their teaching, research, and dedication to the fire and safety fields. However, perhaps most importantly, the professors are especially dedicated to student success and are involved in every aspect of fire and safety.

They are active in a number of professional organizations including:


  • National Association of Fire Investigators
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • International Society of Fire Service Instructors
  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers

FPSET Curriculum

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

Please visit EKU’s Academic Course Catalog

FPSET Careers

EKU’s Bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology prepares you to become an expert on how to prevent fires, and reduce the damage and danger that occurs when a fire does break out.

The courses in the program include a broad-based study of fire science with an emphasis on fire dynamics and fire protection systems and design. The Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology degree also has a strong background in science and math. This program is right for you if you are interested in providing safer working and living environments by learning how a fire behaves, the best methods to prevent fires and how to minimize a fire’s impact on its surroundings.

The combination of what you learn in the classroom at EKU and the experience you’ll gain through internships, co-ops and your first job will make you very valuable to the industry.

Some careers available with a Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology degree are:

  • Fire Protection and Prevention Systems Designer
  • Building Inspector
  • Fire Safety Director
  • Insurance Company Consultant
  • Industrial Safety Specialist
  • Fire Protection and Safety Engineer
  • Fire Protection Technician

FPSET Educational Objectives

Job Summary

Fire protection and safety engineering technicians are experts who save lives and money by preventing fires and reducing the danger when fires do break out. They provide advice that helps people to safely design buildings and products, prevent fires, and extinguish or escape from fires. Many also inspect public buildings and homes to determine the amount of fire danger that is present and suggest ways to minimize this danger.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology curriculum will be able to:

  1. Practice fire protection engineering technology regionally, nationally, and internationally in a broad range of modern professional settings
  2. Actively participate in the development of engineering technology, decisions on societal, environmental, economical, and safety issues at the local or global levels
  3. Understand the need for lifelong learning and continued professional development
  4. Maintain continual professional competency and practice ethically

General Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the FPSET Program at EKU, students will demonstrate the following learned professional capabilities:

  1. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined fire protection and safety engineering technology activities;
  2. an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to fire protection and safety engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
  3. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
  4. an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined fire protection and safety engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
  5. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
  6. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
  7. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  8. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  9. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
  10. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context;
  11. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

FPSET Enrollment and Graduation Data

Fire and Safety

521 Lancaster Ave.
Stratton 354
Richmond, Ky 40475
Phone: 859-622-3565


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