Sprinkler Fitter
Sprinkler Fitter

Sprinkler Fitter

Sprinkler System Installers fabricate, install, test, maintain and repair water, foam, carbon dioxide and dry chemical sprinkler systems in buildings for fire protection purposes.

Main duties

To install wet and dry pipe sprinkler systems, carbon dioxide, chemical and foam extinguishing systems, stand pipe and hose systems and fire pump systems, installers:

  • Support the safe execution of work
  • Read and interpret drawings, specifications and fire codes to determine layout requirements
  • Install clamps, brackets and hangers to support piping system and sprinkler and fire protection equipment, using hand and power tools
  • Select, measure, cut, ream and thread pipe, install sprinkler heads and mount prepared pipe in supports
  • join and connect pipes and piping sections to related piping systems, tanks, mains, pumps, compressors and control equipment using various pipe joining methods,
  • Connect piping system to water mains, supply tanks, pumps, compressors and control equipment
  • Installs valves, alarms and associated equipment
  • Test system for leaks using air or liquid pressure equipment
  • inspect, maintain and repair piping, fixtures and controls including hydrant, pump and sprinkler head connections,
  • Service and repair sprinkler system
  • Read and interpret work specifications and fire codes
  • May prepare cost estimates for clients.

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.

Who do they work for?

  • Mechanical Construction firms
  • Plumbing contractors
  • Heating and Air Conditioning companies
  • Building developers
  • Sprinkler system contractors; and
  • Self-employed

Sample titles

  • Fire protection mechanic
  • Fire sprinkler fitter
  • Sprinkler system fitter

Essential Skills

  • Reading
  • Document Use
  • Writing
  • Numeracy

How to join the field

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a four- to five-year apprenticeship program
  • A combination of over five years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in steamfitting, pipefitting or sprinkler system installation is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Sprinkler system installer trade certification is compulsory in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Manitoba and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the territories.
  • Sprinkler system installer (no construction) trade certification is compulsory in Quebec.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified steamfitters-pipefitters and sprinkler system installers upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
  • Apprenticeship training programs for steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers vary across Canada. For sprinkler system installersthey generally involve four 12-month periods, including at least 6,600 hours of on-the-job training, three seven-week blocks of technical training and a final certificate exam.


Minimum: $20.00/hour Maximum: $49.00/hour
Annual salaries between $42,000 to $120,500

For more information, contact:

Skills/Compétences Canada
294 Albert Street, Suite 201
Ottawa, ON K1P 6E6
Tel: 877 754 5226
Web: http://skillscompetencescanada.com/en/