We are dedicated to developing a steady flow of highly skilled tradesmen to meet the needs of the fire protection industry. Evidence of that commitment is our state-of-the-art training facility, comprehensive curriculum, and caring, veteran instructors. As a result, our training program is considered one of the finest of its type in the nation. While prime focus of our program is preparing aspiring journeymen to meet the demands of the trade, we also strive to instill in them a strong work ethic and a sense of pride in being a member of Local 692. Our union has a proud heritage, earned with the help and support of our union contractors. Together, we are dedicated to maintaining these high standards.
Apprenticeship training takes place over a five-year period. It involves 10,000 hours of instruction at union job sites, and a minimum of 880 hours of day and evening classes at our state-of-the-art training facility. The curriculum for the Apprenticeship Program covers material vital to the performance of the job with courses ranging from mathematics and economics to human relations and job safety.
During the course of the program an apprentice learns about the history of the labor movement, tools and their use, sprinkler theory and technology, rigging, hydraulics, water supplies, soldering and brazing, inspection and certification of sprinkler systems, fire codes and fire pumps, and many other vital subjects.
The Apprenticeship Program is operated by the Joint Apprentice and Training Committee of Sprinkler Fitters Local 692 of Philadelphia and Vicinity. It is fully accredited and registered with the Pennsylvania State Apprentice Committee (PA S.A.C.) and the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (B.A.T.) of the United States Department of Labor, and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada.
Standards and Qualification for Apprenticeship
The recruitment, selection, employment and training of Apprentices will be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin or sex. The Apprenticeship Program will be operated as required under applicable law and lawful regulations issued there under.
The minimum standards for eligibility to apply for the Apprenticeship Program of Sprinkler Fitters Local 692 are:
- The applicant must be at least 18 years of age and have a Birth Certificate available at the time of application.
- The applicant must present two forms of identifications, including one with a picture at the time of application.
- The applicant must be a high school graduate or equivalent and present Diploma or Completion Certification
- The applicant must be physically fit to perform work of the trade and must undergo a physical examination prior to work assignment.
- The applicant will be subject to an aptitude test and an oral examination.