A fire protection service engineer works on how to prevent fires using a combination of science and engineering. Using their knowledge on how fires begin, and consequently spread, and how structures are used, they will use numerous technologies in order to evaluate the chances of a fire starting. An engineer will also create systems in order to prevent and control fires, and even performs in-depth research into how flammable materials can be. Fire protection engineer jobs can be sought in several places, ranging from local and regional services, consulting firms, fire departments, and even manufacturing companies. In order to work within this industry, one needs a background in mechanical, chemical, structural, and electrical engineering.