Element Materials Technology

Technical Engineer - Fire Resistance

Job Locations UK-Buckinghamshire-High Wycombe


Element has an opportunity for the role of a Technical Engineer - Fire Resistance to join our growing Technical team. The role will mainly involve undertaking the technical analysis of results from fire resistance testing and the production of product assessments in line with the Passive Fire Protection Forum’s (PFPF) Guide to Undertaking Assessments. A technical mindset with great organisation, project management, commercial and communication skills are essential characteristics for the candidate for this role.


This role would ideally be for someone who could be based out of our High Wycombe facility but this is not essential and remote working is an option.


This is a great opportunity to develop your Technical & Certification career within a Global Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) business.


  • Prepare robust technical engineering reports in relation to passive fire protection product sectors such as, but not limited to, fire doors, penetration seals and coatings to steelwork
  • Be able to judge the relevance and impact of fire resistance test data, as per the relevant clauses in the PFPF Guide, in order to provide advice based on customer needs and produce technical assessment and classification reports, European Technical Assessments and third-party Certification for fire safety products and constructions
  • Plan and lead scope analysis & test programmes in liaison with clients and the relevant testing departments
  • Continuously develop knowledge (CPD) personally and within the team in National, European and International Standards and specifications relating to fire safety, and in specialist product areas
  • Help to develop and drive the team and business strategies to ensure we maintain our technical integrity in everything we do and committing to “Making Tomorrow Safer Than Today”
  • Lead and contribute to the development of standards, and to represent the company, as appropriate, on nominated standards, sector group and trade association committees and on other public platforms where required
  • Assisting in the development of the department – positively contribute ideas and provide sounding-board for new initiatives as well as the development of other less experienced team members
  • Work with manager, colleagues and team to increase knowledge of role and standards and the service provided by all; help lead improving technical and decision-making skills for self and the team
  • Suitably project manage your workload from enquiry through to delivery of the scope of works, whilst managing customer expectations and ensuring high levels of customer care

Skills / Qualifications

  • Exposure within a TIC business undertaking work in either fire resistance testing and/or assessment/certification work is preferred, however exposure within any fire industry, building materials, materials science, product installation, engineering, construction, product certification, fire-related product development or a similar technical industry would be advantageous
  • Ideally educated to minimum BSc/BEng level standard or higher, with an engineering/construction related degree or through relevant industry experience
  • Professional membership with an engineering institution, preferably the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE), as well as recognition by the Engineering Council at EngTech or above is ideal although not essential
  • Experience of working with advanced features of MS Office or coding packages (e.g. formulas, tables, advanced formatting, VBA, macros) is preferred
  • Able to read and understand technical drawings, design codes and product standards
  • Ability to handle a varied workload in a busy environment
  • Respond positively to change
  • Keen interest in all aspects of fire safety
  • Able to prioritise and reach decisions quickly and effectively
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Benefits of working at Element


33 days annual holiday, consisting of 25 days annual holiday and 8 days public / x4 Life Assurance

Legal & General Pension scheme with total contributions up to 12% / Enhanced Company Sick Pay / Flexible Working / Cycle Scheme / Free Onsite Refreshments / Recommend a Friend Bonus / Perks At Work Discount Scheme


To apply please email Leigh.McComish@element.com



Company Overview

Element is one of the fastest growing testing, inspection and certification businesses in the world. Globally we have more than 9,000 brilliant minds operating from 270 sites across 30 countries. Together we share an ambitious purpose to ‘Make tomorrow safer than today’.


When failure in use is not an option, we help customers make certain that their products, materials, processes and services are safe, compliant and fit for purpose. From early R&D, through complex regulatory approvals and into production, our global laboratory network of scientists, engineers, and technologists support customers to achieve assurance over product quality, sustainable outcomes, and market access.


While we are proud of our global reach, working at Element feels like being part of a smaller company. We empower you to take charge of your career, and reward excellence and integrity with growth and development.


Industries across the world depend on our care, attention to detail and the absolute accuracy of our work. The role we have to play in creating a safer world is much bigger than our organization.

Diversity Statement

At Element, we always take pride in putting our people first. We are an equal opportunity employer that recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our Vision of becoming “the world’s most trusted testing partner”.


All suitably qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective work related criteria and without regard for the following: age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, race, religion, responsibility of dependents, sexual orientation, or gender identity or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws.


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