Senior or Principal Fire Investigator

The Fire Investigator will report directly into the Principal of the Fire and Electrical Group. In addition, collaborating with other subject matter experts to consult with clients; perform examinations, testing, and analysis; and prepare engineering reports and findings in a clear, concise, efficient and professional manner. Key responsibilities may include but are not limited to:


  • Provide Group’s investigations, projects, and tasks, including the development and implementation of desk study and field investigations; perform fire and explosion investigations at commercial, industrial and residential locations
  • Liaise with clients on a regular basis and provide updates throughout the investigation
  • Coordinate with Fire and Police Departments to request information related to investigations
  • Participate with other -30- staff in business development, as well as the promotion of advancing market growth opportunities; attendance of industry seminars and events
  • Become technically independent (i.e. final sign off) on all aspects of technical investigations
  • Test operation of systems and equipment
  • Effectively communicate investigation and analysis findings to clients and others within boardrooms, during mediations, and trials
  • Review plans and specifications to determine whether they meet relevant guidelines, codes, and other regulations
  • Assist in developing and preparing engineering drawings and simulations from field measurements, sketches, engineering calculations, specification sheets, and other data
  • Prepare technical reports based upon sound investigations and analysis
  • Manage projects according to client-approved scopes of work, and deliver high quality reports on time and within budget
  • Work towards providing expert testimony in court
  • Perform additional duties as required


  • Previous experience working at a junior to senior project management level, and previous experience with fire related investigations
  • Electrical and Gas Appliance Design, Testing, Failure Analysis and Code Compliance experience
  • A degree in Chemical or Electrical Engineering is preferred, a mechanical or industrial specialization with gas and oil appliance expertise will also be considered
  • Currently registered with the PEO
  • Additional certifications sought for this role: CFEI, CFI, WETT, G1 LP, GPI
  • Knowledge of regulatory codes and standards such as NFPA 921, 1033, or the Fire Code
  • Exposure to engineering in a consulting environment preferred with a sound base in the application of engineering to solve complex problems
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • Excellent technical writing skills are a must
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clients

Competencies and Attributes:

  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask
  • Self-motivated and ability to self-manage
  • Capacity for learning
  • Capability to work independently and in a team
  • Ability to communicate effectively – both oral and written
  • Proficient in learning new computer applications
  • Thorough and results-oriented
  • Excellent teamwork skills
  • Flexibility

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their cover letter and resume through our online application process, by visiting We thank all candidates for their interest however, only those qualified for the position will be contacted.

-30- Forensic Engineering, based in Toronto, has been serving the insurance and legal industries for over 15 years and is one of Canada’s largest and most respected multi-disciplinary forensic firms. Our core team of 50+ professional investigators is enhanced through relationships with some of the top scientists, standard-makers and specialized consultants in North America. We provide world-class engineering and consulting expertise in: Civil/Structural, Geotechnical and Mining, Personal Injury and Collision Reconstruction, Electrical and Renewable Energy, Environmental Health and Safety, Remediation, Materials Failure/HVAC, and Fire and Explosion investigations.

Our corporate philosophy is based on providing an unparalleled combination of technical excellence, powerful reporting and professional service. This philosophy, combined with our commitment to ethical practice, has quickly established us as one of the most reputable forensic firms servicing the legal and insurance industries.