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FM Approvals-Laboratory Testing Engineering Assistant

West Glocester, Rhode Island

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At FM Global, we work with many of the world’s largest organizations to help protect their commercial and industrial property against threats. Our field engineers specialize in a wide range of disciplines, including electrical, mechanical, chemical, civil and industrial engineering, as well as fire protection.

  • Full Time

    Full Time

  • Level: Mid

    Level: Mid

  • Travel: Yes

    Travel: Yes

Success Profile

What makes a successful Consultant Engineer at FM Global?
Check out the top traits we're looking for and see if you have the right mix.

  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Ensures Accountability
  • Technical Knowledge
  • Communicates Effectively
  • Attention to Detail
  • Problem Solving



Many times, the safety of entire communities is influenced by our work. On one project in Florida, I worked with a client to make sure a critical 911 communications facility would be operable during and after a Category 5 hurricane. Advising them on things like how to protect vital generator systems and helping them make costeffective design decisions, I had a hand in building something truly substantial. In the end, our client was happy to have a partner that understood and worked with them to meet their unique needs.

Gabriel — Engineering Specialist — Employee Since 2007



Job ID 2021-11334 Date posted 11/26/2021 Locations West Glocester, Rhode Island

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FM Approvals is an international leader in third-party testing and certification services. We test property loss prevention products and services—for use in commercial and industrial facilities—to verify they meet rigorous loss prevention standards of quality, technical integrity and performance. How? By employing a worldwide certification process that’s backed by scientific research and testing, and over a century of experience.

The FM APPROVED mark is recognized and respected worldwide. Our certification instills confidence and commands respect in your marketplace.


Perform assigned investigation and tests in order to ensure sound and factual conclusions supported by accurate and reliable data within budgetary and time constraints.

Design and fabricate testing apparatus, not available for purchase, at a reasonable cost, from existing components necessary for assigned projects.

Develop particular procedures and recommend purchase of necessary components, equipment and supplies related for assigned projects.

Provide technical direction to subordinates in set-up, trouble-shooting and necessary corrective action required for assigned investigations and tests.

Prepare clear and complete reports for assigned projects.

Maintain an increasing level of knowledge of practical technical application of engineering or scientific knowledge to ensure personal development and contribution to the achievement of personal, unit and company goals and objectives.

Keep appropriate supervisory management informed of the status and progress of all work in process and of any significant development affecting assigned projects.


Education: Associate Degree in a Technical Field

Experience: 8 years general mechanical or electrical work experience, or 5 years as a Senior Engineering/Research Technician.

  • Skills/Knowledge: Laboratory testing, product assembly, equipment repair, mathematical computation or data tabulation, use of laboratory test equipment.
  • Experience in TD/GC/MS (thermal desorption-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry) analysis, FTIR Spectroscopy or small scale material flammability measurements highly desirable!
  • Good mechanical skills with familiarity of common hand tools and power tools, ability to work independently.
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills (both orally and in writing) and the ability to work effectively as a member of a team are required.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English proficiently.
  • Ability to understand and follow English instructions
  • Ability to push, pull, lift and carry up to 50 pounds (unassisted) on a regular basis; up to 75 pounds occasionally.
  • Must have good understanding from experience or training in root cause analysis providing ability to analyze facts and find problem solutions.
  • Work environment involves fire, smoke, heat, dust and the use of adhesives and binders.

We offer our employees a wide range of benefits including career long learning opportunities, tuition reimbursement, 401 (k), pension, flexible schedules, rich health and well-being programs, generous time off allowances, volunteer days and so much more!

FM Approvals is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce.

Please note that all FM Approvals visitors, including external candidates interviewing for open positions will be required to be vaccinated and should be prepared to provide proof of vaccination.

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