Sprinkler System Installer
Introduction
Sprinkler system installers lay out, install, repair, maintain, modify and test fire protection systems in a variety of buildings and settings. They work on fire protection systems such as wet, dry, pre-action, stand pipe, clean agent, carbon dioxide and dry chemical. Their duties include: reading and interpreting engineered drawings, installing hangers and clamps to support the piping system, preparing the pipe, joining pipe using a variety of methods, installing associated equipment as well as maintaining, inspecting and testing all types of fire protection systems.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read instructions and warnings written on signs and labels, e.g. read labels on equipment to learn about electrical shock hazards. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read safety-related information, e.g. read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to learn how to safely handle hazardous materials. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to identify hazard and safety icons, e.g. scan icons affixed to products, such as flux-core solders, to learn about their toxic properties. (Complexity: 1)
Writing
Ability to write incident reports, e.g. complete incident reports to describe events leading up to accidents. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the condition and performance of tools and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Sprinkler System Installation and Maintenance
Reading
Ability to read short text entries in forms and comments on drawings, e.g. read short text entries in change orders to learn about modifications to a projectís design specifications. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read installation instructions and product data sheets for information about products used on the job. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read a variety of manuals to learn how to install, repair and maintain sprinkler systems. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read magazine and website articles to stay current on industry trends and broaden their knowledge of techniques and materials. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read written codes, such as the National Building Code, to learn the regulations applicable to the sprinkler installation trade. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to understand and interpret written information in text books, training manuals and technical reports pertaining to the properties of water, metals and alloys.† (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate information such as dimensions using basic scale drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use legends and symbols found on technical drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to interpret schematics to understand and test system flows during inspections and to understand supervisory control and alarm system functions. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data such as head sizes, spray angles and operating temperatures on product descriptions. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and construction procedures using moderately complex scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to use a variety of assembly drawings, e.g. use assembly drawings to learn how to install fixtures. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to interpret a variety of complex schematic drawings, e.g. scan schematics to locate circuits, flows and capacities when planning for complex installations of piping. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to locate data in a variety of complex tables, e.g. locate data, such as dimensions, classifications, tolerances, coefficients, identification numbers and quantities, in specification tables. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to locate system layouts, elevations, dimensions of structures and specifications in complex scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to choose the order of tasks and their priorities, e.g. decide the order in which to install fixtures and test systems. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the severity of sprinkler system faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures, temperatures, vibrations and odours. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Programming and Systems Control
Ability to use electronic control systems to disarm and isolate work zones. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Internet
Ability to use Internet browsers and search engines to access specifications, safety codes and regulations, technical service bulletins, warranty information and repair procedures from websites operated by manufacturers and regulatory bodies. (Complexity: 2)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to read bulletins and notices, e.g. read bulletins to learn about changes to operating procedures and read notices to learn about product recalls. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to enter and locate data, such as dates and identification numbers, in labels and tags. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to complete a variety of checklists and forms, e.g. complete hazard assessment forms and purchase orders by checking boxes and entering data, such as dates, times and quantities. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write reminders and short notes to customers and co-workers, e.g. write short notes to inform supervisors about repairs in-progress and tasks to be completed. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write short text entries in forms such as work orders, application forms and supply requests. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to choose tools, methods and products for installations and repairs, e.g. consider project scopes and the availability of materials and labour. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate work projects by considering factors such as efficiencies, timelines, costs and the quality of work performed. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use theorem to solve problems; calculate areas and volumes of objects such as spheres, pyramids and cones. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)
Trigonometry
Ability to use trigonometry to identify and calculate the unknown lengths and angles of triangles. (Complexity: 2)