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Sprinkler fitters, also known as fire protection specialists, are highly skilled tradespeople responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing fire sprinkler systems in various structures. They work in a variety of settings, including commercial, industrial, and residential buildings, as well as in specialized facilities such as hospitals and laboratories.

Sprinkler fitters use their technical expertise to design and install systems that protect people, property, and the environment from the devastating effects of fires. They install pipes and sprinkler heads, test and maintain existing systems, and troubleshoot and repair any problems that arise. They work with a wide range of tools and equipment, including welding torches, power tools, and hydraulic lifts.

Working as a sprinkler fitter requires a combination of physical and mental abilities, including good hand-eye coordination, excellent problem-solving skills, and a strong attention to detail. They must also be able to work well under pressure, often in tight or confined spaces, while ensuring that their work meets strict safety codes and regulations.

Sprinkler fitters typically undergo a multi-year apprenticeship program to learn the skills and knowledge required for their trade. During this time, they gain hands-on experience working alongside experienced professionals and receive training in areas such as blueprint reading, math and geometry, pipefitting, and welding. Upon completion of their apprenticeship, they are certified as journey-level sprinkler fitters, qualified to work independently on a wide range of projects.

How can I Prepare?

To increase their chances of being accepted into a Sprinkler Fitter apprenticeship program, individuals should consider taking courses in Career and Technical Education (CTE), participate in a high school building trades program, and pursue additional math courses such as algebra and geometry. Strong mechanical aptitude, problem-solving skills, and manual dexterity are important. Sprinkler Fitters work at heights and in trenches, so comfort with working on ladders and below grade is important. They also need strong communication skills, both written and verbal, to work with customers and contractors. Courses in English composition and mechanical drafting can help develop these skills and better position individuals for success in a Sprinkler Fitter apprenticeship program.


Apprenticeship Length

5 Years

Ivy Tech  Degree

Not Eligible for Ivy Tech Degree

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 Apprenticeship Training Center
11900 S. Laramie Avenue
Alsip, IL 60803
Phone: 708-597-1800

Application Period
Call 708-597-1800

Application Cost

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