A sprinkler fitter is responsible for installing all types of fire-protecting systems, including pipe systems and valves. They cut, thread, assemble, and bond pipes and tubes according to equipment specifications. It is this persons’ responsibility to make sure all fire-protecting systems are working well and pass every fire inspection. In all tasks, the sprinkler fitter must follow relevant safety regulations, including those related to wearing safety equipment. These professionals generally report to the project foreman on site or whoever the foreman has designated; most times, however, the fitter must be able to work on their own with minimal supervision.
A sprinkler fitter should be able to easily read and understand complex blueprints and fire codes, as well as having complete knowledge on how to handle various electrical and mechanical tools such as saws, wrenches, cutting torches, drills, pipe threaders, lifts, and even ladders. This job requires some physical stamina for tasks such as climbing, reaching, and bending. Someone in this position generally works under any weather condition in outdoor and indoor environments. Sprinkler fitters' hours vary by employer, and they may need to work weekends or evening hours to complete jobs.
An apprenticeship program of at least four years is generally required or preferred for sprinkler fitters, as well as a high school diploma or equivalent. Some states may require a fire sprinkler journeyman certificate. This job generally requires a valid driver’s license, as there is constant traveling to job sites.
Sprinkler Fitter Tasks
Read and understand drawings and blueprints.
Test of piping systems for leaks and read gauges.
Secure pipes to structures with clamps and brackets using hand tools.
Cut and thread pipe.
Plan sequence of installation.