Careers In Construction
Sprinkler Fitter (Updated November 2010)
Sprinkler Fitters install, repair and maintain all types of fixed piping and automatic fire protection systems.
Length of Apprenticeship:
Apprentices attend a 40-hour orientation.
Five (5) yearsMinimum of 1,080 hours of classroom study.
For approximately five years, apprentices spend one day every other week in the class room and four days receiving on-the-job training.
Must be at least 18 years old.
1st 6 months: 40% of journeyman wage
2nd 6 months: 45% of journeyman wage
2nd year: 50% of journeyman wage
3rd year: 60% of journeyman wage
4th year: 75% of journeyman wage
5th year: 85% of journeyman wage
Journeyman Level: 100% of journeyman wages
Health insurance (after 600 hours) Pension after first year completion, Vacation Immediate.
Must have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. Certificate.
Must pass a physical exam.
Must pass a drug test.
Must pass an aptitude test.
Must pass an oral interview.
Must be able to lift heavy objects.
Sprinkler Fitters conduct 90% of their work from ladders and scaffolds. They work in all kinds of weather conditions.
Recommended Preparatory Classes:
Algebra, geometry, mechanical and architectural drawing, shop and physical education classes.
Must be able to work at high levels on ladders and scaffolds.
Must pass aptitude test.
(Helpful, but not necessary for acceptance.) Any type of construction site work is beneficial as well as work done in a pipe supply house or experience with welding of any kind.
Must pass oral interview.
Eligibility test is formed according to the scores of the applicants.
Once accepted, applicants must pass a drug screening and physical exam during orientation week.
Sprinkler Fitters & Apprentices Union Local 281 Training
11900 S. Laramie
Alsip, Illinois 60658
Phone: (708) 597-1800
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