Accepting apprenticeship applications this summer

Are you interested in a career in fire suppression? Maybe you’ve never thought about it before. If you live in the Los Angeles area, you should consider applying for a Sprinkler Fitters U.A. Local 709 apprenticeship.

What is a sprinkler fitter? 

A sprinkler fitter installs, tests and maintains fire sprinkler and suppression systems in commercial, industrial and residential properties. These systems are what keep fires at bay until fire officials arrive. As you can imagine, a faulty system can lead to injury, loss of life and greater property damage. What we do matters. 

It is a rewarding field that requires a passion for craftsmanship and attention to detail. Sprinkler fitters must also be comfortable with heights and working in tight spaces. For more on this, please check out the video by U.A. Local 183. 

Why should you apply? 

There are many reasons to apply for an apprenticeship. First, it is a rewarding field with job security. As long as fire exists, we’ll need the systems to help combat them. 

Secondly, our apprenticeship boasts all of the perks of joining a union, including safe working conditions, excellent pay and full benefits. You need no experience to apply, and the pay is $16.61 to start and grows quickly. Additionally, insurance begins after 600 hours have been worked. 

Another excellent incentive is the variety. Although the fundamentals of the job stay the same, you’ll be able to travel from site to site. As a fire sprinkler fitter, you get to say goodbye to the confines of your cubicle and get moving.

Finally, our program can be used toward college credit. So many college students take internships for credit that offer little experience and job prospects. Our formal apprenticeship training program gives you the job security you need. According to the 2015 Accenture Strategy College Employment Survey, only 12% of the 2,000 surveyed college students had jobs lined up at graduation. Take the worry out of what comes next. 

Our next open application period is June 20 - June 24th. For more information about how to apply, including application requirements and program contact information, please visit our apprenticeship and JAC pages.