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How do I become a Sprinkler Fitter?

Are you thinking about the next step in your career and like working with your hands, working independently and have good hand and eye coordination? If this sounds like you, an Australian Apprenticeship in Fire Protection might be the perfect step for your career.

This month, we are partnering with Fire Industry Training (FiT) to bring you our job of the month, Sprinkler Fitting.

What is a Sprinkler Fitter?

In almost every school, shopping centre, hospital, residential and office building, you can look up and expect to see a sprinkler system fixed to the ceiling - this is where a Sprinkler Fitter comes in!

A Sprinkler Fitter is responsible for installing, inspecting, and repairing sprinkler systems. Duties typically include installing fixtures, fixing and replacing defective and outdated sprinklers, and soldering and welding pipes, tubes, and fittings designed for sprinklers. You are also expected to test sprinkler systems to ensure that they are working correctly as they wear over time. 

In order to legally work as a Sprinkler Fitter in Australia, you may be subject to strict registration and/or licencing requirements in your state or territory​. It's a good idea to familiarise yourself with these requirements before you start your apprenticeship.

Is a career in Fire Protection right for me?

Is a career in Fire Protection right for me?

Before committing to an apprenticeship, it's important to do your research to find out if Sprinkler Fitting is suited to you. While there aren't any educational prerequisites for this apprenticeship, there a few qualities that will help you determine if a career in Fire Protection is the job for you:

- Enjoy practical work
- Problem solving
- Self-management and delegation
- Good interpersonal skills

How do I find a job as a Sprinkler Fitter?

If you are wondering how to start an apprenticeship, the first step is to find an employer who will have an open position for you. There are many different ways to find an apprenticeship, starting from job search sites online to door-knocking, or via Group Training Organisations. To get started, have a look at these job search sites and look for any open positions that may be advertised.

It is also advised to network with others in the industry and connect with employers. Watch JP who is a Sprinkler Fitter Teacher, share his knowledge of the Fire Protection Industry.

 
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What can I expect to be doing as a Sprinkler Fitter apprentice?

A Sprinkler Fittier apprenticeship takes 4 years to complete and includes a range of on-the-job and off-the-job training. Over the course of the apprenticeship, you will learn about different aspects of the job. This will help you build the necessary skills and knowledge to operate independently in the future.

Through on-the-job and off-the-job training, you will learn to:

  • Fit domestic and residential safety sprinkler systems
  • Test and maintain fire hydrant and hose reel systems
  • Design pre-calculated fire sprinkler systems
  • Work with small and large water services
  • Install control valve systems
  • Activate devices and local alarms and install special hazard systems

During your apprenticeship, you may be trained and assessed in the following:

  • Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities
  • Use plumbing hand and power tools
  • Cut and join sheet metal
  • Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment
  • Design domestic urban irrigation systems
  • Set out and install water services
  • Install portable fire equipment
  • Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems
  • Test and maintain fire hydrant and hose reel installations
  • Design pre-calculated fire sprinkler systems
  • Conduct functional water flow testing
  • Prevent ozone depleting substance and synthetic greenhouse gas emissions
What are my career outcomes?

What are my career outcomes?

There are endless opportunities and career pathways once you complete your apprenticeship. As well as owning your own business, a qualification in Sprinkler Fitting may lead to the following careers:

- Fire Protection Sprinkler Fitter
- Fire Systems Technician
- Fire Systems Designer
- Sprinkler Fitter Teacher

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