Apprenticeship


Sprinkler Fitters are pipefitting specialists in fire protection. They install, repair, and maintain all types of fixed extinguishing systems. While most of this work deals directly with automatic sprinkler systems they also have the skills necessary to install and service a wide variety of other fire protection equipment such as standpipes, carbon dioxide systems, special agent systems, foam systems, and dry chemical systems.                                                                                 

If you should become a member of the Local 542 Joint Apprenticeship Program the facts of life are that you: 
  • Are under the jurisdiction and control of the Local 542 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee and assigned to a contractor for training.   
  • Must complete a 5-Year apprenticeship in the related training program.
  • Must preform satisfactorily both on the job and in the Related Training Program. Unsatisfactory progress in either area can result in termination of your apprenticeship.
  • Must travel to the job location.
  • Are required to work both inside and outdoors. The job can vary from working in a trench 8 feet below the grade level to working 100 feet or higher above the floor. The majority of the work is done 10 to 20 feet off the floor. 
  • Will work with overhead piping normally ranging in size from 1 inch to 8 inches and with underground pipe normally between 4 inches and 16 inches in size. 
  • Will receive a starting wage as established by Agreement between Local 542 and the National Fire Sprinkler Association, Inc. Those preforming satisfactorily will receive an increase based on a percentage of the Journeyman's rate each period.
  • Will become eligible for Health and Welfare benefits for yourself and your immediate family on the first day of the calendar month following your completion of 600 hours work on the job. Your employer will also make contributions into a fund to cover the cost of your education and, upon completion of Grade 2 Apprenticeship, will begin payments on your pension.                    

REQUIREMENTS 
The Sprinkler Fitters Local Union 542, UA Joint Apprenticeship Committee will accept applications for admission to the program at various times, as needed.

Qualification for Apprenticeship Applicants:
  1. Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Applicant must have a dependable form of transportation.
  3. Applicant must be a high school graduate or possess a G.E.D. diploma. A copy of the applicant's diploma or G.E.D. certificate must be provided. Applicant must provide a copy of high school grade transcripts or G.E.D. test scores.
  4. Applicant must be physically able to preform the work of the trade.
  5. Terms of apprenticeship: 5 years on the job training + related classroom instruction several nights a week.
  6. Applicant must be a United States Citizen and reside in the territorial jurisdiction of Sprinkler Fitters Local Union 542.
  7. If selected for the Apprenticeship Program, applicant will be required to submit to both a pre-employment drug test and a physical exam.
  8. Applicant will be required to take a written qualification exam.
  9. Applicants who qualify based on written exam will be granted a personal interview. Selection of apprentices will be based on qualifications without regard to race, color, creed and National origin or sex.
  10. Applicant must have a valid Pennsylvania Photo Drivers License. 


If you have any questions, please contact the union office at 412-822-8040.

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