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Apprenticeship

Sprinkler Systems Installer

Sprinkler systems installers fabricate, install, test, maintain, inspect and repair sprinkler systems in industrial operations, department stores, office buildings, hotels, schools, hospitals and residences.

  • Avg. Salary $89,926.00
  • Avg. Wage $39.67
  • Minimum Education Apprenticeship
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 8,400
  • In Demand Lower
NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Sprinkler System Installers (7252.2) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Steamfitters, Pipefitters and Sprinkler System Installers (H112) 
  • 2011 NOC: Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers (7252) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

40%
40%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
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  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Sprinkler Systems Installer is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Sprinkler System Installers
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to join pipes and piping sections using soldering and welding equipment, and to install valves, alarms and associated equipment

innovative

Interest in compiling information to select, measure, cut, ream and thread pipe, and to service and repair sprinkler systems

methodical

Interest in testing systems for leaks using air and liquid pressure equipment

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Dec 15, 2016

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:

  • read and interpret engineered drawings and specifications to determine layout requirements
  • select the type and size of pipe required and arrange the piping to provide fire protection
  • install clamps, brackets and hangers to support the piping system and sprinkler and fire protection equipment
  • join and connect pipes and piping sections to related piping systems, tanks, mains, pumps, compressors and control equipment using various pipe joining methods 
  • test systems for leaks using air or water pressure
  • inspect, maintain and repair piping, fixtures and controls, including hydrant, pump and sprinkler head connections
  • may prepare cost estimates for clients.
Working Conditions
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Sprinkler systems installers work primarily indoors, often in temporarily heated or unheated spaces. They work a standard 40 hour week but occasionally work overtime to meet construction deadlines. There is some risk of injury working on construction and maintenance sites.

Sprinkler system installers may be required to handle items that weigh up to 25 kilograms.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Sprinkler systems installers need the following characteristics:

  • physical strength and stamina
  • manual dexterity
  • the ability to work at heights
  • the ability to do exacting work
  • the ability to communicate and co-ordinate with other trades
  • the ability to work in a team environment.

They should enjoy working with little direction or supervision in a field that demands precise work.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 15, 2016

To work in Alberta, a sprinkler systems installer must be ONE of the following:

  • a registered apprentice
  • an Alberta-certified journeyperson
  • someone who holds a recognized related trade certificate  
  • someone who works for an employer who is satisfied that the worker has the skills and knowledge expected of certified journeyperson
  • self-employed.

To register with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, apprentices must:

  • have an Alberta high school transcript with at least English Language Arts 20-2, Math 20-3 and Science 10, or equivalent, or pass an entrance exam.
  • find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train an apprentice. Most employers prefer to hire high school graduates. Good marks in applied math and physics, English (particularly reading comprehension), drafting and industrial arts are important.

The term of apprenticeship 4 years (four 12 month periods) that include a minimum of:

  • 1,600 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training in each of the first 3 years
  • 1,800 hours of on-the-job training in the fourth year.

High school students can earn credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).

Applicants who have related training or work experience may be eligible for credit or certification.

Sprinkler systems installer apprentices may take the interprovincial exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training to earn a Red Seal (certification recognized in most parts of Canada).

Technical training is arranged by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training and is currently offered at Red Deer College.

For more information, visit the Technical Training Centre on the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

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Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Sprinkler System Installer

Sprinkler systems installers fabricate, install, test, maintain, inspect and repair sprinkler systems in industrial operations, stores, office buildings, hotels, schools, hospitals and residences. For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta's Tradesecrets website.

Legislation

Under Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act and Sprinkler System Installer Trade Regulation, you do not have to be certified if you are self-employed or work for an employer who is satisfied that you have the skills and knowledge expected of a journeyperson certified by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. To learn the trade, you must become a registered apprentice.

What You Need

The term of apprenticeship for apprentice sprinkler system installers in Alberta is four years (four 12 month periods) that include a minimum of 1,600 hours of on-the-job training and seven weeks of technical training in each of the first three years, and 1,800 hours of on-the-job training in the fourth year. Apprentices must find suitable employers who are willing to hire and train apprentices, and successfully complete technical training examinations.

Working in Alberta

Sprinkler system installers trained in other provinces and territories can work in Alberta if they hold a certificate or license recognized by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board or have the skills and knowledge expected of a journeyperson certified in Alberta. For more information, see the Recognized Trade Certificates page of the Tradesecrets website.

Contact Details

Any of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices located throughout Alberta. For a list of office locations and telephone numbers, click on "Contact Us" on the home page of the Tradesecrets website (tradesecrets.alberta.ca).

This is an Apprenticeship trade. For full details, see the related certification profile

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Sprinkler systems installers are employed in the construction industry. Employment prospects change with seasonal and economic climates.

Experienced sprinkler systems installers may advance to supervisory positions or start their own businesses. Alberta certified journeyperson sprinkler systems installers who have the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Sprinkler systems installers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7252: Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler systems installers. In Alberta, 86% of people employed in the classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 8,500 Albertans are employed in the Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler systems installers occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.5% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 43 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As sprinkler systems installers form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for sprinkler systems installers. 

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Journeyperson wage rates vary but generally range from $39 to $49 an hour plus benefits (2015 estimates). Apprentice sprinkler system installers earn at least 45% of the journeyperson wage rate in their place of employment in the first year, 60% in the second, 70% in the third and 80% in the fourth year.

Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $19.92 $45.00 $34.96 $39.00
Overall $27.00 $45.79 $39.67 $41.64
Top $34.00 $47.89 $43.67 $44.27

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
ALL INDUSTRIES
Manufacturing
Construction

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

72%
72%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

40%
40%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

7%
7%

2015 Vacancy Rate

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Related High School Subjects
  • Science
    • Physics
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Construction
    • Fabrication
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 15, 2016

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website: tradesecrets.alberta.ca

BuildForce Canada website: www.buildforce.ca

Calgary Construction Association website: www.cca.cc

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 31, 2015. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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