Fire Apparatus Engineer

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 230

       Course Name: Fire Apparatus Engineer

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Fire Fighter III certification or Fire fighter II in progress to reach this level.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

The course instructs students to become fire apparatus drivers and operators.  The topics covered include pumps and controls, relay pumping operations, water supplies to elevated streams, standpipe sprinklers and miscellaneous equipment, preventive maintenance, records and reports.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The course is designed to meet a specialty need within the Fire Service to certify Fire Fighters as Fire Apparatus Drivers and Operators.  Specifically, students will be instructed in operation of pumpers and water delivery systems.  Satisfactory completion of the course qualifies the student to take State Fire Marshal examination to be certified as a Fire Apparatus Engineer.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

See separate page from instructor.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Instructions will consist of lectures, class discussion, and hands-on training in operating fire apparatus, discharging of water as a function of nozzle types and hose connections.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

In addition to studying their assigned material, students will be required to participate in all training sessions.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

NFPA 1002 text and class handouts

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

The evaluation process will consist of:
  1. Three closed book competency based examinations, each worth 100 points.
  2. Skill examination of pumper operations - pass/fail basis.
  3. Driving Skills – FSVO Certification.
Passing score will be 80% for the final examination and 70% for the course.

XI.   Other Course Information

This course is certified by the Illinois State Fire Marshal.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.