Harrington Group, Inc. is seeking lead engineers to join our team. This position offers long-term career growth potential and will work within the team to solve real world fire protection problems.


Reports to: Project Manager
Classification: Full-time, non-exempt
Location: Remote


The Lead Engineer (“LE”) is an experienced fire protection engineering professional who successfully leads the performance of engineering tasks on various projects from start to finish under the guidance and direction of the PM. The LE is responsible for the orderly completion of all project activities in alignment with engineering standards, quality standards, and other objectives established for the project. The LE becomes the primary technical resource for a project and is intimately familiar with all details of the project relevant to HGI’s scope of services. The LE coordinates multiple projects concurrently, ensuring each one progresses smoothly and on schedule. Additionally, the LE oversees the delegated work performed by Staff Engineers and, together with the PM and others, provides guidance and training to help develop staff engineers’ knowledge and skills to help prepare them to take on greater responsibilities in the future.


  • Embodies HGI Core Values of Service, Honesty, Integrity, Competence, and Respect
  • Serves as the primary engineering resource on assigned projects with competence, independence, thoroughness, accuracy, and creativity
  • Maintains intimate knowledge of all technical aspects of each assigned project relevant to HGI’s scope of services
  • Organizes and plans for the timely execution of tasks to ensure the project schedule is satisfied
  • Responds to external and internal communications promptly in accordance with HGI policies
  • Communicates information appropriately internally to keep PM and EOR apprised of project concerns and engineering decisions
  • Effectively communicates with clients, AHJs, consultants, and other stakeholders via telephone, email, and other means, as appropriate, with little assistance from the PM
  • Solves engineering problems using experience, judgment, and education, asking for assistance from PM or other senior engineers as needed
  • Develops creative and unique engineering solutions to complex problems while delivering value to clients
  • Performs and documents design development tasks with a high degree of detail and competence including (but not limited to) the following:
    • Due diligence/ code research
    • Water supply investigations
    • Hazard analyses
    • Hydraulic calculations
    • Equipment sizing and selection
    • Alternative designs
  • Produces engineering documents (e.g., drawings, specifications, reports, letters, narratives, etc.) that:
    • Are accurate, complete, constructible, and in general conformance with applicable codes and standards
    • Fulfill the contractual scope of services, and
    • Appropriately satisfy the client’s objectives (i.e., deliver the Best Total Solution)
  • Performs construction administration services with a high degree of detail and competence, including (but not limited to) the following:
    • Thorough review of contractor shop submittals
    • Detailed review of fire/ explosion protection system installations for general conformance to criteria documents and applicable codes/ standards
    • Facilitating and witnessing of fire/ explosion protection system acceptance testing
    • Timely, accurate, and clear documentation of findings and recommendations (e.g., letters, RFPI, markups, )
  • Assigns tasks, as appropriate, to Staff Engineers and reviews the completed effort for accuracy and quality; provides feedback to help less experienced engineers learn and grow
  • Educates clients relative to the available fire protection solutions and our recommendations so the client can make informed business decisions
  • Performs other research and engineering tasks as may be assigned by the PM or HGI leadership
  • 20-30% travel for construction period services is anticipated


  • Eternal Learner: Continually expands their engineering competence related to fire protection engineering services (e.g., fire protection system design, code analysis and equivalency development, fire hazard analysis, fire dynamics, fire and smoke modeling, fire defense engineering, property loss control engineering, hazardous materials protection, system commissioning, fire investigation, fire forensics engineering, etc.)
  • Organization/ Time Management: Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks, prioritize workload, and meet deadlines
  • Attention to Detail: Thoroughness and accuracy in completing tasks, reviewing documents, and tracking project details to ensure quality and minimize errors
  • Communication: Strong verbal and written communication skills to interact effectively with team members, clients, and stakeholders, conveying information clearly and professionally without being overly verbose
  • Teamwork and Collaboration: Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams, fostering a positive and cooperative work environment to achieve project targets and goals
  • Honesty/ Integrity: Maintains professional integrity, confidentiality, and personal ethical standards; does not cut corners; does what is right, not just what is expedient; lives up to verbal and written commitments, regardless of personal cost
  • Efficiency: Able to produce significant output with minimal wasted effort
  • Analytical: Able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions
  • Proactive: Acts without being told what to do
  • Client Service Oriented: Dedication to meeting or exceeding client expectations
  • Flexibility/ Adaptability: Adjusts quickly to changing priorities and conditions; copes effectively with complexity and change
  • Creativity/ Innovation: Generates new and innovative approaches to problems
  • Enthusiasm: Exhibits passion and excitement over work; has a can-do attitude
  • Open to Criticism & Ideas: Often solicits feedback and reacts calmly to criticism or negative feedback
  • Work Ethic: Possesses a strong willingness to work hard and sometimes long hours to get the job done
  • High Standards: Expects personal performance and team performance to be nothing short of the best


Education/ Experience:

  • Technical education appropriate for the position (e.g., bachelor’s degree in engineering, engineering technology, science, or related field)
  • Minimum two (2) years of appropriate fire protection engineering experience
  • Proficiency in Revit/ AutoCAD design software and BIM 360

Certificates/ Licenses/ Registrations:

  • Registered/ licensed professional engineer (preferably Fire Protection Engineering) or certified engineering technician (NICET), or ability to become licensed/ certified within 24 months
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license
  • U.S. Citizen or valid work visa
  • Special Position Requirements:
  • Travel may be required to attend conferences, trainings, meet clients, and/or perform project-related duties
  • Most work can be completed in a regularly scheduled day; however, some work may need to be done outside of normal business hours to complete specific projects with tight deadlines

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables
  • Must have the ability to work through a problem in a step-by-step in linear fashion successfully handling a moderate- to high-level of detail with accuracy and thoroughness
  • Must also have the ability to work through a problem laterally, merging problem elements and experiential patterns iteratively trying many different combinations creatively, leading to a unique and optimized solution
  • Must be an effective learner having the ability to learn from experiences, books, and other media and apply that learning to subsequent problems and situations

English Language Skills:

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public

Mathematical Skills:

  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations
  • Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus and financial functions

Work Environment/ Physical Demands:

  • Work generally requires the use of speech, sight, and hearing to communicate with clients and others
  • Work is generally conducted in an indoor office setting; however, occasionally, work at a client site may require work in outside weather conditions, in small spaces, and on ladders or elevated platforms
  • Frequently required to sit, talk, and/or hear; occasionally required to stand, walk, climb, reach with arms and hands, grasp with hands and fingers, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
  • Frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Job descriptions assist Harrington Group, Inc., in ensuring that the hiring process is fairly administered and that qualified employees are selected. They are also essential to an effective appraisal system and related promotion, transfer, layoff, and termination decisions.

All descriptions have been reviewed by Harrington Group, Inc., to ensure that only essential functions and basic duties have been included. Peripheral tasks, only incidentally related to each position, have not been included. Requirements, skills, and abilities included have been determined to be the minimal standards required to successfully perform the positions. In no instance, however, should the duties, responsibilities, and requirements delineated be interpreted as all-inclusive. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals. However, no accommodations will be made which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others or which impose undue hardships on the organization.

Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. Harrington Group, Inc., maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated at any time and for any reason not prohibited by law.