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USA - Herndon, VA, US

Function:  Engineering
Job Category:  Engineering

Fire Protection & Controls Engineer - Energy Storage

Wärtsilä is an innovative technology company known for being a forerunner in the Marine and Energy markets. Every day, we – Wärtsilians - put our hearts and minds into turning Wärtsilä's purpose of enabling sustainable societies with smart technology, and our Smart Marine and Energy visions into reality. Our ultimate aim is to provide increased value to both our customers and society. New, game-changing ideas and continuous improvement have been part of our DNA since 1834. Together, we can create new business opportunities and more sustainable future that we can all be proud of. 


We want to transition the world towards a cleaner future. By pushing the boundaries of engineering and technology, we can make it work. We are always on the lookout for future-oriented talent – want to join the ride?


Wärtsilä’s Energy Business is leading the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. As an Energy System Integrator, we understand, design, build and serve optimal power systems for future generations. Wärtsilä’s solutions provide the needed flexibility to integrate renewables and secure power system reliability. Our offering includes flexible internal combustion engine-based power plants, energy storage & integration solutions, as well as gas to power systems. We support our customers over the lifecycle or their installations with services that enable increased efficiency and guaranteed performance. Wärtsilä has 68 GW of installed power plant capacity in 177 countries around the world.


Wärtsilä’s Energy Business is looking for a Fire Protection and Controls Engineer for the Energy Storage & Optimization business. The role will be part of the Product management and development group.


The ideal candidate will be a self-starter that can work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. The candidate should thrive in a fast paced, constantly changing environment while the industry and company go through substantial growth.


Preferred location(s) for this position is Wärtsilä’s location in Herndon, VA; Houston, TX; Emeryville, CA or remote in the Continental US.



  • Develop fire safety and response philosophy for battery energy storage systems.
  • Fire protection design/specification development for fire suppression systems, fire detection and alarm systems, water supply/distribution systems, and life safety issues.
  • Perform fire safety assessments, layers of protection analysis, and DFMEA related to the safety systems of battery energy storage systems.
  • Develop safety control logic and work with PLC engineers to implement it.
  • Develop/review design documents, construction documents, submittals prepared by others for compliance with applicable fire protection codes and standards.
  • Provide support to sales, project, and delivery teams regarding fire safety and the system as implemented in our solutions.
  • Work with customers, contractors, and AHJs to support permitting process for project sites.
  • Educate colleagues and customers on fire safety and systems related to battery energy storage systems.
  • Collaborate in a team environment and/or take charge of opportunities to develop optimal solutions for customers and development programs.


Minimum Experience and Educational Requirements

  • BS EE degree required; MS desired.
  • 5 years of fire protection engineering experience focusing in power systems, renewable energy, and/or energy storage.
  • Proficiency with AutoCAD, MS office and SolidWorks.
  • Solving customer’s needs and issues.
  • Maintain positive working relationships with customers, peers, subordinates, vendors, shop and office in a fast paced environment.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Team player attitude internally and externally.
  • Entrepreneurial drive with hunter mind-set.
  • Willing to travel 30% of the time.
  • Location: Herndon, Virginia, USA; Houston, Texas, USA; Emeryville, California, USA; Remote USA


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Successful applicant must be authorized to work in the USA without sponsorship.


We look forward to hearing from you. Qualified candidates must apply online: http://www.wartsila.com/en/careers/vacancies.


Wärtsilä North America values our employees. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.   Wärtsilä North America is an EOE/AA employer. 

This is Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasizing sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2019, Wärtsilä’s net sales totaled EUR 5.2 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. Find out more at www.wartsila.com

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