Take a look inside the Fire Safety Engineering Technology program at the William States Lee College of Engineering, a unique program directed toward those seeking positions within the fire service as well as those preparing for work in fire protection related occupations.
This program accepts admission applications for the fall and spring terms.
The Fire Safety Engineering Technology program at UNC Charlotte leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Safety Engineering Technology. The program has emphasis on both technical and non technical aspects in the fields of fire and safety. The program is directed toward those seeking positions within the fire service as well as those preparing for work in fire protection related occupations. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for increasingly responsible roles in leadership and management. In addition, the program provides comprehensive classes dealing with fire behavior, active and passive protection systems as well as the foundational principles of research investigation.
This distance education "+ 2" option means students transfer* to UNC Charlotte having completed an associate’s degree in Fire Protection/Fire Science or similar degree. Courses are delivered online as an individual access distance education program.
Transfer students complete 61 hours (if admitted with no deficiencies) to fulfill the requirement for the bachelors of science degree. The 61 hours includes 49 hours of major courses and 12 hours of general education and/or major electives. Students who have already completed a degree in another discipline may enter the program; however, they must complete the following courses before taking any upper division fire courses. ETFS 1120, ETFS 2124, ETFS 2132, ETFS 1232, ETFS 2264 + lab.
ETFS 3103. Principles of Fire Behavior. (3) Fundamental principles of fire chemistry and physics, and mechanisms that control enclosure fires. Topics include basic principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and combustion as far as those subjects relate to fire dynamics; ignition of liquids and solids; flame spread over liquid and solid surfaces and through porous fuel beds; burning rate; diffusion flames and plumes; combustion products; and compartment fires
ETFS 3113. Building Fire Safety. (3) Construction standards and codes to ensure acceptable levels of fire safety in buildings. Topics include anatomy of building construction, building construction features affecting fire performance, fundamentals of reading plans and specifications, the traditional code approach to passive fire protection, trade-offs between active and passive fire protection, concepts of rational fire design for structural members, and performance-based fire design as an alternative to traditionally prescriptive codes.
ETFS 3123. Industrial Hazards & Electricity. (3) Typical industrial hazards encountered including: compressed gasses, chemicals, bio-toxins, radiation sources, boilers and ovens. Introductory concepts and methods of analysis of AC & DC circuits, electrical switchgear, and rotating machinery. Compliance & reporting issues in an industrial setting. Safety procedures and safety equipment will also be discussed in regards to working as a fire safety engineer.
ETFS 3124. Risk Management for the Emergency Services. (3) An exploration of management and organizational principles with emphasis on controlling the risk associated with operations in the emergency services. In depth discussion of recognizing and controlling risk, personnel accountability, incident management systems and post-incident analysis as related to the emergency services. Critical analysis of private protection measures available to reduce loss potential.
ETFS 3144. Active Fire Protection. (3) Review of fire suppression, alarm, and smoke control systems. Topics include fixed and portable suppression systems, fire suppression agents and extinguishing mechanisms, fire detection devices, fire protective detection and signaling systems, smoke production in fires and principles of smoke movement and management.
ETFS 3183. Fire Safety Engineering Problem Analysis. (3) Prerequisite: ETFS 3103. Methods of solving fire safety engineering problems. Topics include enclosure fire radiation heat transfer calculations; calculations of vent flows in enclosure fires; estimating ignition, flame spread, and heat release rate properties of materials on the basis of experimental data; smoke filling of enclosures; and conduction heat transfer through fire protective materials.
ETFS 3233. Applied Fire Engineering Design and Analysis. (3) Prerequisite: ETFS 3103. Application of fire safety engineering technology in fire design and analysis of fires. Topics include computer modeling of compartment fires and emergency evacuation of buildings, structural fire design, sprinkler system design, performance-based design, and fire investigation and reconstruction.
ETFS 3611. Professional Leadership Seminar. (1) (W, O) This course is to provide a framework of executive-level competencies by focusing primarily on areas and issues of personal effectiveness. The issue of command perspective vs. a first line fire fighter perspective are examined. The course includes case study analysis, role-playing and experiential activities. Students will develop desirable goals in the areas of their professional, personal community, and family life. Course topics include leadership, multiple roles, decision skills, influencing leaders, coaching and mentoring, and effective use of personal computing.
ETFS 4123. Command and Control of Major Disasters. (3) This course focuses on the commanding officer's responsibility while conducting major operations involving multi-alarm units and man-made disasters that may require interagency or jurisdictional coordination. Earthquakes, hurricanes, terrorism, hazardous materials releases, tornadoes, and floods are some of the topics covered. Emphasis is placed on rapid fireground decision making, advanced incident command, command and control, safety, personnel accountability, hazard preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery, evacuation, sheltering and communications.
ETFS 4243. Research Investigation. (3) (W, O) Application of practical, up-to-date review of fire research and its application. The transfer of research and its implications for fire prevention and protection programs are addressed. Development of a student project and a written report in a specified area in fire administration or fire science technology with faculty supervision. Analytical modeling, technical research, oral and written reporting of progress and findings are required.
ETFS 4323. Advanced Fire Service Administration. (3) A study of management theories, leadership philosophies and strategies for the fire service. Emphasis in the course will be on planning, organizing staffing, and evaluating fire protection services. Public fire education, loss prevention principles, and management of resources particular to fire and emergency services are addressed. Discussion of techniques for assessment of public fire protection and its impact on the community and environment.
ETGR 3222. Engineering Economics. (3) Principles of evaluating alternative engineering proposals. Compound interest formulas and applications, present worth, equivalent uniform annual value, rate of return, depreciation and depletion, economic feasibility of projects.
POLS 3119. State and Local Government. (3) An introduction to state and local governments, politics, and policies in the United States. Particular attention is paid to state and local government in North Carolina.
POLS 3126. Administrative Behavior. (3) The role of the administrator and public bureaucracy in modern democratic society, with emphasis on the interplay of forces created by executives, legislators, political parties, and interest groups. (Yearly)
PSYC 2171. Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology. (3) The study of people at work; what motivates people to work and what leads to satisfaction, alienation, or performance; how to lead others; the structure of an organization and processes of communication, decision making, and conflict; socialization through selection and training; measurement of individual contributions; the design of work itself; ways to change; and develop entire organizations.
PSYC 3174. Organizational Psychology. (3) Prerequisite: PSYC 2171. Application of psychological principles to group and organizational levels of analysis, with emphasis on work teams and business organizations. Topics include group dynamics, teams and empowerment, organizational culture and diversity, and organization development and change.
BSET Fire Safety distance education program courses are delivered 100% online using Moodle and/or Centra. Each course instructor determines his/her course delivery method(s). Make sure you know how your courses are delivered by viewing the University Course Schedule. Distance education courses have section numbers with an 8 as the middle digit (examples: 080, L80, 081).
The Fire Safety Engineering Technology program policy is as follows for distance education online courses: Some course material is delivered online by recording a live on-campus class session using Centra. If you are available at that specific on-campus class meeting time, you are expected to attend virtually, otherwise it is recorded and you need to view the recording before the next week. Distance education students are not penalized for missing live class sessions, absence is marked only if they do not attend and do not view the recording. Please contact your instructor if you have further questions regarding this class policy.
New DE program students will receive an email with instructions for enrolling in an online orientation. The DE Student Guide is also available to aid in your preparation and throughout your program. Topics in the Guide include:
Information & resources available for students:
Faculty teaching online courses as part of a distance education program may require proctored exams or writing assignments. This requirement will be noted on the course syllabus.
See the Proctored Testing section of this website for detailed proctored exam information.