Sprinklerfitters Job Information
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Sprinklerfitters Job Overview
Sprinklerfitters install, repair and maintain all types of fixed piping and automatic fire protection systems.
Must be at least 18 years old; must have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. certificate; must have a copy of transcripts; must have Social Security card; must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation; must pass a physical exam, a drug test, and an aptitude test; and must show copy of a DD-214 (armed forces discharge), if applicable. Must be physically able to do the work. Applicant will have an oral interview.
The Apprenticeship Program is a five-year program with on the job training and a 19 Course correspondence through a nationally recognized university. Once you have entered the Apprenticeship Program and have completed your six-month probationary period you are eligible to become a member of Local 669. An Apprentice is paid at a percentage of the Journeyman wage. Each six months of the Apprenticeship the apprentice records are reviewed to make sure that there is satisfactory progress both on the-job and in the related training courses. Satisfactory progress means advancement to the next classification and a wage increase until the Apprentice completes the five-year program.
Science, English, Communication Skills, Mathematics, mechanical drawing, business and industrial technology classes
Because sprinklerfitters must lift heavy pipes, stand for long periods and sometimes work in uncomfortable or cramped positions, they need physical strength as well as stamina. They may have to work outdoors in inclement weather. They also are subject to falls from ladders, cuts from sharp tools and burns from hot pipes or from soldering equipment.
Must be able to lift heavy objects; must be able to work in confined spaces; must have excellent work ethics; must be able to get along well with others; and must be able to work at high levels from scaffolds and ladders
The wage rate of apprentices is determined by the “Class” of the apprentice. The Apprentice will receive the appropriate percentage of the Journeyman wage rate in the state where he/she is working. The Sprinkler Fitter wage rate is negotiated state by state, based on the economic conditions of the state. All apprentices will participate in a Health and Welfare program that provides medical coverage and life insurance. In addition to that, apprentices will start building a Pension once they meet the stipulated requirements to begin participation.
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