Fire Systems Designer

Job Locations US-MO-Earth City
ID 2022-1196
Position Type
Regular Full-Time

About Us

Interface Systems is a leading managed service provider delivering business security, managed network, UCaaS, and business intelligence solutions to distributed enterprises. We enhance security, streamline connectivity, optimize operations and reduce IT costs, maximizing ROI for the nation’s top brands. Our company vision is to enable enterprises to innovate faster and adapt to market forces. We bring this to life through our mission of inspiring B2C enterprises to deliver amazing customer experiences by safeguarding people and assets, enabling seamless connectivity solutions, and uncovering business insights.


Our mantra as a team is relentless customer support. We are passionate, and quite honestly obsessed, about delivering an amazing customer experience. We do this through fostering an Interface company culture for our employees focused around collaboration, commitment and fun. Come join our dynamic and growing team and make a direct impact in a company committed to growth and transformation, all in service of delighting our customers and our employees.


The Fire Systems Designer provides technical expertise to the Sales and Operational teams and works in partnership with them to design comprehensive solutions for Fire Alarm systems for customers throughout the US.  This person will use their technical expertise and operational knowledge to engage with the salesperson and the customer, understand the design goals, propose one or multiple options to be considered and coordinate with the operational team on any installation or support concerns.  The fire System Designer will assist the Sales Engineer and salesperson in developing a full bill of materials/parts list as well as installation procedures to be used by the operational team and approved by the customer and will provide detailed drawings and/product data books. This is a HYBRID position


  • Support sales organization in the design of fire alarm systems, voice evacuation systems and mass notification systems Designs range from simple fire sprinkler monitoring systems to mass notification systems that include multiple network panels on corporate or college campuses. 
  • Meet and discuss requirements and options with the prospect as well as internal stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of their business and their technology requirements.
  • Review formal bid specifications.
  • Assist with value engineering to provide good/better/best alternatives.
  • Leverage expertise to act as consultant for prospect, evaluating products and processes and recommending improvements to enhance their fire alarm system/voice evac system.
  • Outline any required supportive infrastructure to support the solution including networking, cabling, conduit, terminations, head end and distributive equipment.
  • Draw from experience and knowledge to determine if existing customer fire alarm system can be used as part of the new fire alarm system.
  • Work with sales and operational teams to define and assure understanding with job scope.
  • Provide an assessment of any known technical risks with the proposed fire alarm system.
  • Ensure that all project specifications are documented in the proposed fire alarm system including any compliance requirements associated with the system. Designs should be based on national standard and industry best practice.
  • Provide estimated parts lists to be used for budgetary proposals.
  • Develop detailed parts lists for final proposals.
  • Prepare any necessary documents that maybe required including drawings when needed for permits.
  • Assist Operational teams in estimating workload.
  • Provide technical guidance and support, including customer training when required.
  • Assist Product team in providing engineering evaluation of new products and solutions being considered.


To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily, with or without reasonable accommodation. The requirements listed below are representative of the experience, skill, and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • Experience in the design and engineering of Fire Alarm systems.
  • 5 years of relevant recent experience in Fire design.
  • Proficient in AutoCAD 2022, Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Teams, Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • NICET II - NICET III in Fire Alarm preferred.

COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS - Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Broad knowledge of fire alarm, fire sprinkler, access control, & archiving, command/control display technologies and general security system principles and practices.
  • Good knowledge of infrastructure and related technologies such as power, UPS, networking and communications.
  • Experience in the design and implementation of large scale fire alarm systems in a commercial environment.
  • Ability to read and understand floor plans, mechanical plans, structural plans, and Life safety plans as well as basic code analysis and design of Fire alarm, Access, and other security systems.
  • Adept and skilled at interacting directly with prospects and sales reps.
  • Ability to quickly develop professional and trusted relationships with a variety of cultures and clients.
  • Willingness and ability to work flexibly and diligently as a self-starter and to build trusted relationships with peers and customers.
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively with both technical and non-technical peers.

EEO Statement

Interface Systems will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. The contractor will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, status as a protected veteran, or individual with a disability. Such action shall include, but not be limited to the following: Employment, upgrading, demotion, or transfer, recruitment, or recruitment advertising; layoff or termination; for rates of pay or other forms of compensation; and selection for training, including apprenticeship.

Interface Systems will, in all solicitations or advertisements for employees placed by or on behalf of the Interface Systems, state that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, status as a protected veteran, or individual with a disability.


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