Help others feel safe by becoming a fire alarm technician - 2021/2022
One of the most important questions to ask about a home is how safe will people be if a fire breaks out? After completing the Fire Safety Systems certificate program, you can be one of the people who will ensure that others are properly protected in the event of a fire.
As a fire alarm technician student, you’ll be given training in the skills required to perform a variety of technical functions including the assessing and maintenance of fire alarm and sprinkler problems. You’ll learn the ins and outs of the codes, legislations, and standards that protect homeowners in our fire safety course. Additionally, you’ll be provided with the hands-on experience and fire safety training to make sure that homeowners have fire detection devices that are properly installed. The Applied Fire Safety Practices course will give you an opportunity to demonstrate the skills you’ve learned in a workplace environment.
People want to feel safe in their homes, and it can be your job to help them feel that way with the Fire Safety Systems course.
The Fire Safety Systems program can prepare you for a career as a fire alarm technician, fire systems specialist or field technical report worker for a school, hospital, contractor and more.
Fire Safety Systems program progression
Fall (September) start date:
|Start Level 1||Level 2|
Admission Requirements - 2021/2022
Admission RequirementsOSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
- A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
- A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
- An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
- Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation
- Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) OR Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C)
Applicant Selection CriteriaWhere the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
• Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Fire Safety Systems program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Fire Safety Systems program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Fire Safety Systems program.
Fire Safety Systems-2021/2022
|SYST-1024||Fire Detection & Alarms-Intro||3.5|
|This course provides a general understanding of fire alarm protection systems. It discusses the purpose and specific application of the different codes and standards that regulate the industry. It introduces the student to architectural considerations regarding fire containment. Information about testing laboratories, their procedures, testing methods and how listed/ approved materials achieve greater degrees of life safety will be covered. Other topics include; the nature of fire, extinguishment methods, fire alarm testing methods, interpretation of drawings, specifications and other contract documents.|
|SYST-1025||Codes, Legislation & Standards 1||3|
|This course introduces students to the codes and legislated requirements for fire alarm systems and how they relate to Ontario building code, Fire code and electrical code. Students will learn about AHJ's and the requirements for building owners.|
|SYST-1026||Fire Sprinkler Systems-Intro||3|
|This course introduces design principles and systems required for fire protection systems. Students learn about fire sprinkler system design, and components of dry pipe, wet pipe and shotgun systems. Students learn how to identify, inspect and test sprinkler systems in fire protection systems.|
|ELNC-1111||Life Safety Systems Electronics 1||2|
|This course focuses on the Digital Electronic components and operating principles associated with modern Life Safety Systems. Students will explore various numbering systems used in modern electronics, operating principles and characteristics of Logic families and Logic Gate Applications as well as other Digital System components. In the lab, students will build, test and troubleshoot various digital circuits both from a board level and at the system level.|
|This course focuses on the basic electrical theory required to install, test and repair modern Life Safety Systems found in commercial and industrial facilities. Lectures will cover the fundamentals of Electrical theory such as Current, Voltage and Resistance. Students will develop an understanding of the principles of DC Series, Parallel and Combination circuits as they relate to Safety Systems, In the lab, students will wire and troubleshoot various circuits and perform voltage, current and power measurements related to DC circuits and systems.|
|ELNC-3038||Life Safety Systems Electronics 2||2|
|This course continues the focus on the Digital Electronic components and operating principles associated with modern Life Safety Systems. Students will explore components such as diodes, rectifiers, Bipolar and Field Effect transistors, Operational Amplifiers and Power supplies. In the lab, students will build, test and troubleshoot various digital circuits both from a board level and at the system level.|
|SYST-3003||Codes, Legislation & Standards 2||2|
|This course expands student's knowledge and understanding of the codes and standards governing the installation, verification and testing of fire alarm systems. Students will develop an understanding of legal requirements of a person working in the fire alarm industry.|
|DRAF-1062||Prints & Install. Methods-Fire Alarms||2|
|This course teaches the student to read and use blue prints to correctly estimate material and labour costs. Students will be able to read these prints to aid in the trouble shooting of field wiring in fire alarm systems. The course concludes with a demonstration of skills using electrical symbols and scales to draw fire alarm circuits.|
|SYST-1027||Fire Detection Systems||4.5|
|This course is designed to provide practical experience for students with components of fire detection systems. Students will develop a working knowledge of how to install and program devices in the system, how to troubleshoot faults and how to verify the correct operation of fire alarm systems. Students will develop an understanding of the indication and reporting devices for sprinkler systems in fore alarm systems.|
|COMM-1121||Technical Report Writing||2|
|This course introduces the student to various forms of written business communication including letter, memoranda, summaries and instructions. It teaches practical techniques for planning and writing reports in an effective, professional manner. Editing, spelling, grammar and punctuation are incorporated into the course. By performing in-class assignments the student will learn to present oral reports professionally and to write effectively.|
|SYST-1028||Applied Fire Safety Practices||2|
|This course will provide the student with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills developed throughout the program.|
Careers - 2021/2022
A career in the Fire Safety Industry could include: Fire Alarm
Technicians, Fire Systems Specialists, Sales or Field Technical
Support Services for fire alarm contractors, manufacturers,
wholesalers, hospitals, schools and more.
More Information - 2021/2022
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
Donald J. Smith School of Building Technology: 519-452-4414
Program DescriptionThe program provides training in the skills required to perform a variety of technical functions involving the assessing and maintenance of fire alarm and sprinkler systems. Graduates will be able to respond to new and emerging situations which demand the application of basic principles of fire alarm inspection to the solution of problems which they may not have previously encountered. The combination of theory-based knowledge and workplace experience will serve to increase the level of competence within the overall industry.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to :
1. Assess the functionality of fire alarm systems
2. Assess and maintain life safety electronics
3. Describe the fundamental operations of basic electrical systems
4. Write technical reports to industry standards
5. Assess a structure to determine if all relevant fire codes, legislation, and standards are met
6. Describe basic fire extinguishing methods
7. Describe the basic components of sprinkler systems
8. Install, verify and test a variety of fire alarm systems
9. Troubleshoot issues in a variety of fire alarm and sprinkler systems
Program PathwaysFor information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
Program DetailsMore details
2021/2022 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2021/22 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2021, Jan. 2022 and May 2022 start dates through ontariocolleges.ca.
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