Fire Sprinkler Technician

Fire sprinkler fitters install and fit pipes used in buildings with automatic fire sprinkler systems. According to the website www.ehow.com they measure mark cut and thread both steel and plastic pipes for both high-pressure and low-pressure systems. They perform this work according to blueprint specifications and all work must meet the standards of both national and local building codes and regulations. After they connect fittings and sprinkler heads to pipe they test the system to make sure it is in operating order. The website www.abcwi.org says that in order to be accepted for a fire sprinkler fitter apprenticeship individuals must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and they must pass arithmetic and reading comprehension tests. In addition they must pass a test of manual dexterity and an overall physical examination because they may have to lift materials that weigh up to 50 pounds. They are expected to have a valid driver’s license or to verify that they have a means of transportation for getting to jobs. If they meet all requirements they qualify for a four-year apprenticeship to learn the trade. However they may get some training credit if they have experience in a related field. Fire sprinkler fitters belong to unions and they work both indoors and outdoors on shifts that can include weekends. Some of their work is underground but they often have to work 100 feet above ground using ladders and scaffolding. Job prospects for fire sprinkler fitters are expected to grow assuming that there is continued construction of office buildings and power plants. According to the website SimplyHired.com their average annual salary is approximately $32000. According to the website www.pfputah.com fire sprinkler fitters with experience often qualify for jobs as estimators inspectors trade instructors and managers.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Apprenticeship
Avg Salary: $32000
High Salary: $34000
Low Salary: $30000
Tasks: Installs and fixes fire sprinkler system pipes.
Attaches sprinkler heads and fittings to pipes.
Works with both high-pressure and low-pressure pipe systems.
Tests sprinkler system to ensure that there are no leaks.
Also Called: Pipe Fitter
Sprinkler Fitter
Pipefitting Specialist
Sprinklerfitting Specialist
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/about_6689595_sprinkler-fitter-job-description.html
http://www.abcwi.org/apprenticeship/sprinkler.asp
http://www.pfputah.com/employment.htm