A Safety First

Aramcon is first Saudi engineer to earn prestigious fire protection engineer license

Talal A. Makhdom had to pass a comprehensive 9.5 hour exam for certification.

Aramcon is first Saudi engineer to earn prestigious fire protection engineer license

Once again Aramco’s top talent achieved a significant milestone, paving the way for other employees to follow suit. 


Talal A. Makhdom, a Dhahran Area Loss Prevention engineer, successfully demonstrated his fire protection engineering knowledge by passing a comprehensive 9.5-hour licensure exam for certification as a registered professional engineer (PE) in fire protection engineering (FPE). 


 “I am thankful to have earned this prestigious designation,” said Makhdom.


I am honored to work at the best company in the world where I will be able to provide valuable safety engineering services and take the lead in presenting its potential.
— Talal A. Makhdom


The journey to PE

To qualify for the exam, Makhdom had to demonstrate to the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) that he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited fire protection engineering program and worked under the guidance of a PE for at least four years. This exam is the second of two exams necessary to be licensed as a PE. 


After successfully passing the rigorous NCEES Principles and Practice of Engineering exam, the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) granted Makhdom a license as a PE. As a licensed Fire Protection Engineer, Talal has the authority to review, audit, and provide a stamp of approval on gaseous, chemical, and water-based detection and fire protection designs. 


On his journey to obtaining his PE, not only did Makhdom pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, he proved his knowledge on the international stage by passing two other exams, earning certifications as a Building Plans Examiner and a Fire Plans Examiner from the International Code Council (ICC). By maintaining his PE and these two ICC certifications through continuing education, Talal shows his commitment to staying up to date with current developments in his FPE profession. 


Ghassan G. Abulfaraj, chief Loss Prevention engineer, conveyed his personal gratitude saying, “We are truly proud of Talal, his achievements, and his keen interest in self-development!”


Makhdom is currently on assignment with the planning and execution team that made the KSA Pavilion at Dubai Expo2020 a great success. 


Ghassan G. Abulfaraj poses with Talal A. Makhdom, a Dhahran Area Loss Prevention engineer who became the first Saudi engineer to earn the prestigious fire protection engineer license.

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