Gratifying Employment With Us

Automatic Sprinkler of TX is looking for eager-to-learn apprentices and experienced journeymen to join our company. Read how to become a sprinkler fitter, and contact us for current job openings. Sprinkler fitting is more than a job - it's a career!

What is a Sprinkler Fitter?

Sprinkler fitters are pipe fitter specialists in fire protection, which have been schooled and trained in the installation of fire protection systems. For every type of commercial building or risk, there's a fire protection system to cover that hazard.

What to Expect as a Pipe Fitter?

The principle function of a sprinkler fitter is the installation of fire protection systems. This involves underground supply piping connected to an integrated overhead piping system for the suppression of fire.

Safety is first and foremost for us; therefore, you'll be trained in the care and proper use of tools and equipment. These will range from pipe wrenches and pipe threading machines to welding equipment and man lifts.

Construction Projects

Construction projects you'll work on will range from homes to nuclear power plants. Except for underground supply piping, most sprinkler piping is installed at or near the roof deck. Most installations are performed while working on ladders, scaffolds, or man lifts.

Apprenticeship Program

Once enrolled in the apprenticeship program, the apprentice must complete a series of 19 courses from a nationally recognized university. These courses cover the entire scope of topics necessary to become a fully accredited sprinkler fitter.
Once an apprentice has completed his or her 6-month probationary period, he or she will start work at a percentage of the journeyman wage. Every 6 months of the apprenticeship, the apprentice's records are reviewed to make sure there is satisfactory progress both on the job and in the related training courses. Satisfactory progress means advancement to the next classification and a wage increase until the apprentice completes his or her 5-year program.

Qualifications Needed

  • Must be at least 18 years old (copy of birth certificate or green card may be required)
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must be physically fit to do the work of the trade
  • Must have other than dishonorable discharge from the military (if applicable)
  • Must pass appropriate drug test

Pay Rates

The class of the apprentice determines the wage rate of apprentices. Apprentices receive the appropriate percentage of the journeyman wage rate in the state where he or she is working. Sprinkler fitters' wage rates are negotiated state by state, based on the economic conditions of the state.

All apprentices participate in a health and welfare program that provides medical coverage and life insurance. In addition to that, apprentices will start building a pension once they meet the stipulated requirements to begin participation. Both the health and welfare and pension programs are among the best in the construction trades.

What to Do Next?

If you're interested in becoming an apprentice, or if you're an experienced journeyman, contact our field superintendent, Jon Couch at 972-298-2772.
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