Sprinkler Apprentice
Portsmouth, VA 
Posted 23 days ago
Job Description


Sprinkler Apprentices are responsible for assisting foreman and fitters in the installation of fire protection systems. Sprinkler Apprentices are also enrolled and making progress in the AFSA's Apprenticeship Program. Sprinkler Apprentices assist Sprinkler Fitters and Foreman installing fire suppression systems on new construction sites. Sprinkler Apprentices learn to install, cut, thread, bead, and groove sprinkler pipes, connectors, and sprinkler heads in accordance with NFPA code and local standards. Additionally, Sprinkler Apprentices learn to read blueprints, complete change orders, and perform safety duties as part of daily course of work.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Distribute the piping and accessories from the truck to the designated material lay down area.
  2. Maintain and organize lay down areas.
  3. Clean-up job
  4. Clean-up tool
  5. Understand FLSA's Safety program, SDS book, Hazardous Communication Program, policies and procedures Toolbox talks are mandatory reading within the first week of employment. Helpers must know where all related safety documentation is at all times on each project.
  6. Sprinkler apprentices are expected to continually make progress in their fire protection education with tools provided by FLSA.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


High School diploma or GED preferred but not required; or related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Ability to read and write.


Valid driver's license and ability to pass a motor vehicle record check required.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will frequently be required lift loads up to 50-pounds and occasionally lift or assist with lifting loads/weight in excess of 50-pounds; use hands and fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is required to stand; walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Frequent use of ladders or scaffolds with likely use of personal fall arrest systems is required. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

TRAINING: Sprinkler Apprentices must enter FLSA's 8000 hour apprenticeship training program within 6 months of hire date. The training program consists of monthly classes and On-The-Job training. Successful graduates become certified Sprinkler Fitter Journey Workers. FLSA's Sprinkler Apprentice program is a Department of Labor recognized apprenticeship. Successful graduates are awarded the Journey Worker "Fitter" classification.

About Fire & Life Safety America

Fire & Life Safety America is one of the fastest growing companies in the southeast and is proud of a well-deserved reputation for quality work and talented professionals. Our goal is to save lives and protect property by providing the best fire protection products and services in America.

FLSA is a full service provider that designs, installs, inspects, tests, and repairs all components of integrated fire protection systems. As an essential part of community safety, we provide 24-hour service assistance to residents, businesses, and health care facilities.

Founded in 1997, FLSA is the premier fire protection provider with offices in VA, MD, DC, NC, SC, AL, TN, FL, GA, OK, and TX. FLSA encourages initiative, independence, diversity and personal career growth with sensitivity towards work-life balance.

Our company is consistently recognized for service excellence while enriching the fire protection industry. FLSA supports trade skills and workforce development by hosting Recognized Apprenticeships and on-the-job (OJT) training programs for new career-seekers. Many of our leaders chair NFPA code compliance committees, regional safety boards, and support technical education in local schools. We challenge our employees to continue training and education by encouraging NICET certifications. We continually strive to be the Employer of Choice for highly motivated Team Members who want to succeed in a fast-paced environment. We encourage initiative, independence, diversity, and personal career growth.


Fire & Life Safety America offers extensive training opportunities, career advancement, competitive pay, bonus opportunities, and an excellent benefit package. Our benefits package includes:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Long Term Disability
  • Short Term Disability
  • Life Insurance for Team Members and dependents
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays
  • Employee Referral Program

FLSA Core Values


  • We are PASSIONATE about life safety.
  • We have INTEGRITY (Do the right thing).
  • We work in PARTNERSHIP with our customers and community.
  • We constantly strive for OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE (do things right).
  • Our Employee's, Customer's, and community's SAFETY is our #1 priority.

FLSA participates in E-Verify & promotes a drug-free workplace. FLSA is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.


Loyal - Shows firm and constant support to a cause
Enthusiastic - Shows intense and eager enjoyment and interest

Technical/other training (preferred)
High School (required)

2 years: Experience with hand tools such as ladder, hammer, saw, wrenches, cutters, pliers etc. (required)
2 years: New Construction Labor (required)
2 years: HVAC, Plumber, Contract Labor (preferred)
2 years: Sprinkler Apprentice (preferred)

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Fire and Life Safety America is a destination employer for highly motivated team members who want to be a part of a leading fire protection company. We encourage initiative, independence, diversity, and personal career growth.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
2+ years
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