Skyscrapers, apartment complexes, stadiums, night clubs, factories, stores. Each day, millions of people safely live, work, and play in these buildings due to the measures engineers take to protect them from fire. Although these engineers perform a largely invisible task, their role is vital.

Fire protection engineers are in high demand, well paid, and make the world a safer place. A career in fire protection also provides the opportunity for world travel and work in a variety of environments.

Bob Burkland, Owner, Healey Fire Protection, Inc.

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Experts in the behavior of materials subjected to fire, they evaluate architectural and structural elements for such properties as flammability, smoke, and toxicity.

Because their work is so important, engineers with knowledge of fire can find employment in a wide variety of industries in this rapidly growing global field. They can work in fire protection consulting firms, large fire departments, fire equipment and systems manufacturing, research and testing laboratories, the insurance industry, forensic investigations, government agencies (including the Department of Defense and NASA), hospitals and health care facilities, and the entertainment industry.

Lawrence Technological University’s Graduate Certificate in Fire Engineering is the only program of its kind in Michigan. The certificate combines coursework on the fundamentals of fire engineering with in-depth study of fire behavior, fire testing methods for materials, fire modeling as a tool for enhancing structural integrity and predicting failure probability, and fire safety in structural analysis and building design.

Graduate Certificate in Fire Engineering

At LTU, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art equipment and labs such as the Center for Innovative Materials Research, which features a fire chamber that can reach a temperature of 2300°F, and the Structural Testing Center, which features a cone calorimeter, smoke density chamber, radiant panel flame-spread apparatus, and a gas analyzer. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in realworld research with professors who are actively involved in materials research and are familiar with building codes and standards for structural performance under elevated temperatures. Faculty members have received grants for testing the component flammability of U.S. Army vehicles and determining the structural strength of concrete under fire conditions.

Another benefit is Lawrence Tech’s signature “theory and practice” approach to learning. You’ll enjoy small classes taught by professors with industry-relevant experience. LTU also provides the flexibility demanded by busy professionals, with convenient evening classes.


To obtain a GCFE, students are required to earn 15 credits by completing the following graduate courses:

GCFE Courses: Subject Cr. Hrs.
EFE 5013 Fundamentals of Fire Engineering (Every Fall) 3
EFE 5223 Fire Dynamics (Every Fall) 3
EFE 5323 Fire Testing Methods for Materials (Every Fall) 3
EFE 5233 Fire Modeling (Every Spring) 3
ECE 6723 Structural Analysis and Design for Fire Safety (Every Spring) 3
Total Credit Hours 15


Admission into the Graduate Certificate in Fire Engineering program is competitive and requires the demonstration of high potential for success based on the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, architectural engineering, or a closely related discipline from an ABET-accredited college or university. Individuals with an undergraduate degree in a non-engineering field may be admitted to the program, but may be required to take additional coursework.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • Official transcripts of all college work
  • Professional resume

Applicants who do not meet all requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis upon review of the Engineering Graduate Admission Committee.

For more information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.225.5588 or

For specific questions about the Graduate Certificate in Fire Engineering program, call the program director Keith Kowalkowski at 248.204.2583.