Red Seal Trades
Sprinkler System Installer
Designation Year: 1976
Sprinkler system installers lay out, install, repair, maintain, modify and test fire protection systems in a variety of buildings and settings. They work on fire protection systems such as wet, dry, pre-action, stand pipe, clean agent, carbon dioxide and dry chemical. Their duties include: reading and interpreting engineered drawings, installing hangers and clamps to support the piping system, preparing the pipe, joining pipe using a variety of methods, installing associated equipment as well as maintaining, inspecting and testing all types of fire protection systems.
Sprinkler system installers usually, but not exclusively, work on industrial, institutional, commercial and residential sites such as office buildings, plants, factories, hospitals, hotels, houses, apartment buildings, airports and personal care homes. They may work for trade contractors, maintenance departments of factories, and gas utility and servicing companies. They may also be self-employed. Some sprinkler system installers specialize in installation, testing or inspection.
Sprinkler system installers use tools and equipment such as hand tools, portable and stationary power tools, measuring and testing equipment, access equipment, and rigging, hoisting and lifting equipment.
Sprinkler system installers work primarily indoors, often in unheated or temporarily-heated spaces. They may also be required to install outdoor systems both above and below ground. The installation of sprinkler equipment takes place throughout all phases of construction; typically in the mid- to latter stages of new construction or in situations where renovation of existing structures is undertaken or upgrading is legislated. Installers frequently work on the same site more than once and routinely perform a variety of tasks covering all aspects of the trade. They frequently are required to work in confined spaces and at heights. They must tolerate physical discomfort due to extensive lifting of various weights overhead, temperature changes, noise and dust.
Key attributes for persons entering this trade are: mechanical and mathematical aptitude, manual dexterity, good communication and problem solving skills and the ability to pay close attention to detail. Physical strength and stamina, and the ability to work at a considerable height are also assets in this trade.
This analysis recognizes similarities or overlaps with the work of plumbers, steamfitter-pipefitters, carpenters and electricians.
Experienced sprinkler system installers may advance to positions such as foreman, estimators, contractors, inspection personnel and instructors. They also act as mentors and trainers of apprentices in the trade.
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