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Principal Engineer - Reaction to Fire at UL

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Location: Northbrook, Illinois

Job Description:

Contribute to a Safer, More Secure, and More Sustainable World!


At UL, we know why we come to work. Thousands of us around the world wake up every day with one common purpose - to make the world a safer, more secure, and more sustainable place to live. We clear the way for our customers to introduce the latest products, technological advances, and systems in an increasingly complex world so they can provide peace of mind to the market. Our integrity is woven throughout our company and shapes the way we approach and deliver our solutions. We are proud that the work we do every day has a meaningful contribution to society. We continue to build upon our legacy of trusted expertise and partnership to keep our communities safe and secure as we march forward into the future. This helps us to sleep better at night, and we are confident that the millions of people we touch rest easier too.


We are seeking a Principal Engineer - Reaction to Fire to join our growing team! Our ideal candidate will have working knowledge of reaction to fire test methods and building products, safety requirements, and Code requirements. Having a background within a testing environment and processing certification standards, along with strong communication and presentation skills, would make you successful in this role.

If you are looking for an opportunity that offers exciting challenges, is customer focused, and overall strives to ensure a safer world, we want to hear from you!

The Principal Engineer, also know as the Primary Designated Engineer (PDE), will be responsible for driving consistency, integrity and engineering quality in the establishment and application of UL product safety certification requirements that are applied by staff located at all UL offices and affiliates. Performs duties as the Principal Engineer (technical lead) and as a Qualified Certification Reviewer for the assigned reaction to fire standard(s) covering building and construction products (such as interior finish materials, roofing, and ventilation products) and has working knowledge of UL safety principles and hazard-based safety engineering (HBSE).

Detailed Description:
  • Based on input from Regional Lead Reviewers (RLR) and other subject matter sources, drafts, develops to implementation and maintains consistent and technically appropriate certification requirements in UL Standards, ULC Standards, Outlines of Investigations, and Other Recognized Documents (ORDs), as well as Certification Requirement Decisions (CRDs), Practical Application Guidelines (PAGs), Laboratory Procedural Guides, Standardized Appendix Pages (SAPs), Follow-up Inspection Instructions (FUIIs) and other standard specific ancillary documents to provide for consistent interpretation and application of requirements for UL's product certification services.
  • Lead UL's participation in applicable outside Standards development and maintenance (ASTM, NFPA) to foster consistent and technically appropriate certification requirements.
  • Develops and / or reviews the development of technical content that serves as the basis of training programs for RLRs, Field Services and other UL staff to ensure appropriate and consistent application of requirements. Schedules staff meetings and/or teleconferences with RLRs for discussions of technical requirements, procedures, form usage, etc.
  • Serves as the technical project handler of qualified New or Unusual products. In this role, develops or identifies requirements to address new technical developments or product features. Works in conjunction with and utilizes the resources of the PDE Director, Chief Engineer, Research, Legal, CAS to completely review the New or Unusual product and develop the appropriate requirements for certification. Utilizes external resources such as UL's Fire Council in determining impact on Codes and Standards. Prepares a letter report of findings for review by the PDE Manager and distribution to the customer through Commercial Operations.
  • During the Collaborative Standards Development process (CSDS), works with the responsible Commercial Operations staff to determine the need for and scope of an Industry File Review (IFR) as the results of pending standards. Works with the responsible CAS staff to determine any necessary equipment and skills needed resulting from the changes to the standard. Also works with CAS to determine the effective date of any needed IFR. In conjunction with Operations, initiates IFRs for UL certified products, ensuring all affected clients are advised of the new requirements. Drafts Important Letter and other file review form correspondence.
  • Represents UL and participates in UL/Industry Technical Meetings and UL Council Meetings in the area of expertise as agreed to by Commercial Operations. Provides technical support and makes technical presentations. Assists Commercial Operations in the determination of new business opportunities. Advises Commercial Operations of the technical resources needed to actively participate in new businesses.
  • Performs other duties as directed.


  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical or Civil Engineering required (Fire Protection Engineering degree preferred).
  • Directly related work experience
  • Working knowledge of reaction to fire test methods and building products, safety requirements, and Code requirements
  • Working knowledge of UL basic safety principles and Hazard-base Safety Engineering (HBSE).
  • Demonstrated ability to apply engineering concepts in areas of expertise, including application to complex, new or unusual products.
  • Demonstrated ability to present and draft technical papers on meaning of involved requirements and procedures.
  • Ability to perform as a respected technical resource for peers, management and constituency.
  • Detailed knowledge of UL's operational vocabulary and technical vocabulary common to involved categories.
  • Detailed knowledge of related standards, operations and related forms and systems including detailed knowledge of Conformity Assessment Services, Follow-up Services, Standards programs and associated installation codes or guidelines.
  • Working knowledge of industry issues, needs and problems.
  • Ability to establish, track and manage multiple projects while maintaining quality.