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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7252a Occupation: Sprinkler system installers
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Sprinkler system installers fabricate, install, test, maintain and repair water, foam, carbon dioxide and dry chemical sprinkler systems in buildings for fire protection purposes. Sprinkler system installers are employed by sprinkler system contractors, or they may be self-employed. Sprinkler system installers fabricate, install, test, maintain and repair water, foam, carbon dioxide and dry chemical sprinkler systems in buildings for fire protection purposes. Sprinkler system installers are employed by sprinkler system contractors, or they may be self-employed.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2 3
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3 4
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3


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Reading
  • Read notes and instructions on work orders, outlining projects to be completed. (1)
  • Read and interpret Inspector's forms, Fire Department reports and written recommendations for correcting system problems or deficiencies. (2)
  • Read warnings and instructions on signs and placards within buildings and make decisions on what special precautions, tools and materials may be needed. (2)
  • Read bulletins about health and safety issues. (2)
  • Read installation instructions and product data sheets for information about products used on the job. For example, scan the installation instructions for a new type of sprinkler head. (2)
  • Read training materials for courses such as Confined Space Entry (CSE), Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) and the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). (3)
  • Read Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) manuals for technical information on installation, troubleshooting, disassembly, re-assembly and maintenance of equipment and components. This includes reading paragraphs of text which help to interpret diagrams, charts, and graphs. (3)
  • Read the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code book. This code is a multi-volume set that is complex and lengthy. Some interpretation is needed to apply the code to practical work. Information from one section may be superseded by information in other sections. Text is supplemented and illustrated with tables, schedules, diagrams, charts, and graphs. (4)
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Writing
  • Write notes consisting of single sentences and phrases on inspection checklists, describing deficiencies and corrective action taken. (1)
  • Use pocket notebooks for recording general notes regarding daily activities, and detailed notes pertaining to planning and scheduling. (1)
  • Write brief safety meeting reports consisting of single sentences. (1)
  • Make notes on construction plans to indicate changes or material substitutions. (1)
  • Write a paragraph or more of text on inspection reports and job evaluation sheets. (2)
  • Write a short memo to the site engineer or the architect about installation requirements, changes to the original plans, or installation problems. (2)
  • Complete incident/accident investigation reports, writing sections of one or more paragraphs of text describing incident causal factors and detailing corrective measures to be implemented to prevent future incidents. (3)
  • Prepare progress reports for supervisors or managers describing the status of the assigned projects, explaining such things as cost overruns, and analysing scheduling problems. (3)
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Document Use
  • Use telephone books and internal telephone directories. (1)
  • Prepare lists of tools and materials. (1)
  • Look for information on manufacturers' product specification sheets. Scan product descriptions for information such as head sizes, spray angles and operating temperatures. (2)
  • Complete daily timesheet, expense accounts, inspection reports, non-conformity tags, job evaluation sheets, and sprinkler system inspection checklists by marking checkboxes, recording numerical information or entering words, phrases and sentences. (2)
  • Complete incident/accident report forms. (2)
  • Compare packing slips with order forms to verify proper quantities of materials were received, and note any items on backorder. (2)
  • Use maps to plan routes to remote job locations. (2)
  • Complete expense account records. (2)
  • Create sketches to illustrate pipe layouts. Draw changes directly onto construction plans. (2)
  • Scan lists of materials/parts included with construction plans. Locate part descriptions and part numbers on invoices, plans, and packing slips. (2)
  • Refer to scale drawings for information on system layouts/elevations, physical dimensions of structures and equipment specifications in order to plan new installations or make repairs to existing systems and equipment. (3)
  • Refer to technical manuals to get information needed to order replacement parts. (3)
  • Scan workplace labels, WHMIS symbols, and Material Safety Data Sheets to determine if Personal Protective Equipment is required or to determine if the product can be used in a specific, hazardous environment. (3)
  • Refer to schematics to understand and test system flows during inspections, and to understand supervisory control or alarm system functions and operation. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use a spreadsheet. For example, enter data into maintenance logs. (1)
  • Use word processing. For example, prepare a brief report to the supervisor or manager describing work progress on a project. (1)
  • Use computer-controlled equipment. For example, troubleshoot and test alarm/control systems regularly, and disarm and isolate zones where work is being performed. (2)
  • Use communication software. For example, use the Internet to locate and download technical information on new products and read trade-related information. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Assign job tasks to apprentices and other crew members. (1)
  • Communicate with electricians, carpenters, and mechanical contractors to resolve equipment installation conflicts that arise from drawing errors or omissions. (2)
  • Discuss details of work plans and safety hazards with staff, supervisors and co-workers. Meet with members of the crew to co-ordinate activity and solve problems. (2)
  • Interact with building managers, building inspectors, insurance company representatives, and Fire Department officials to answer questions and discuss details of system installation plans and regulatory or code issues. (2)
  • Interact with suppliers or manufacturers to get detailed product information on components such as valves and sprinkler heads and to order materials, equipment and services. (2)
  • Lead tailgate safety meetings with crew members and participate in weekly job site safety meetings with other tradespeople. (2)
  • Negotiate with co-workers over task assignment issues and resolve conflict. Negotiate with other trades to gain workplace efficiencies such as sharing access to lifts, floor area and loading docks. (2)
  • Explain test procedures and the theory behind them to apprentices when testing or installing sprinkler systems. Clear communication of practice and theory is an important part of apprenticeship training and often a necessity for safe working conditions. (3)
  • Communicate with angry building managers or owners when property damage is caused by vandalism or false alarms that cause the sprinkler system to discharge unnecessarily. (3)
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Money Math
  • Purchase materials and services using cash or company purchase orders. (1)
  • Total receipts and invoices for expense claims. This includes calculating mileage and meal reimbursements at the rate specified in the Collective Agreement. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Schedule daily and weekly work tasks for a small crew of two to five individuals. (2)
  • Schedule the sequence of events needed to complete retro-fitting and repair tasks in occupied buildings. Arrange shut-downs with building managers, insurance company representatives, and Fire Department officials, plan for deliveries, rent auxiliary equipment, etc. (3)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Use an anti-freeze tester to determine the low ambient rating of liquid in the system. (1)
  • Convert length measurements from SI to Imperial and vice versa for various types of applications. For example, some pipe and fittings are supplied with both SI and Imperial measurements, and scale drawings can be prepared in either Imperial or SI measurements depending on their origin. (2)
  • Determine the best location for a sprinkler head with a fixed spray angle by measuring the distance from floor to ceiling and the distance from wall to centreline of piping to ensure proper coverage. (2)
  • Calculate offsets and rolling offsets when installing 45º and 90º fittings in piping systems. (3)
  • Use geometry to determine if a sprinkler head has sufficient coverage when obstructions such as a bulkhead protrude into the coverage area. For example, the coverage of the spray pattern is determined using the spray angle of the sprinkler head and the dimensions of the particular area being protected. Depending on the spray coverage criteria, an additional sprinkler head may have to be installed. (3)
  • Calculate the volume of liquid needed to charge a sprinkler system. For example, to determine total liquid capacity of the piping system, calculate the volume of each section of pipe according to its diameter and length, then add the volumes together and convert the result to gallons. The task is complicated by the many parts to the calculation, the unique features of each system and the stringent NFPA code requirement for accuracy. (4)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare piping system pressures taken several hours apart to determine if it leaks. (1)
  • When testing new systems or investigating obstructions in old ones, take and analyze several pressure and flow measurements to ensure that the system achieves 'design' flow rates and sprinkler head pressures. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate travel time between work sites based on the known distance in miles or kilometres. (1)
  • Estimate linear dimensions, volumes, pressures, angles, temperatures, and voltages. (1)
  • Provide on-the-spot estimates of additional cost when forced to modify construction plans. The cost of the alteration may be one of several factors considered when making alternate plans. (2)
  • Estimate time by considering the work to be completed, the number of available or required crew members, the time to acquire materials and to deal with workplace congestion, and travel time to the work site. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Sprinkler system installers may work alone, with a partner or with a small crew. In all cases, they need to plan each day's activities and organize the tools and materials needed to carry out job tasks. They must co-ordinate their work tasks with building managers, fire department officials, insurance company representatives, and other trades to avoid interference with installation of the equipment and congestion of people in the work area. Job task planning has to be flexible to account for interruptions due to lack of access to the work site or needed equipment. Occasionally, work on one job has to be abandoned temporarily in favour of another job where work can be carried out more productively. Consideration must always be given to the operational requirements of the building and urgency of the work. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Decide if you require assistance from a co-worker or whether to use mechanical assistance to move heavy materials. (1)
  • Decide on the time and location to start work on a new project. If you start too early, time is wasted waiting for other trades to complete their work; too late and the job will be made more difficult because you may have to work around finished construction. (2)
  • Decide on the assignment of tasks to various crew members based on their individual skill level, qualifications, experience and suitability for the work. (2)
  • Decide whether to repair or replace equipment components, and what work tasks take priority over other tasks based on experience and knowledge of the systems and the urgency to return the system to operation. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • Deal with difficult problems with disassembly and reassembly of heavy equipment. Plan in advance and use hoisting aids and clamps to maintain the desired position of the equipment. (2)
  • Deal with competition from other trades for working space, scaffolding, or access to certain areas of the building. Plan and communicate your requirements effectively and with tact. (2)
  • Deal with problems regarding insufficient or incorrect types of piping, valves, couplings, or sprinkler heads shipped to site. Determine what is required, make arrangements to have the correct materials provided, and then reorganize job tasks to minimize lost time. (2)
  • Deal with unexpected physical obstructions or interference from other mechanical systems. This may result in the inability to install the sprinkler system as specified in the plans. You must re-route the piping or redesign one section. All changes must be noted and sketched onto the plan. The changes to the plan must comply with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code. (3)
  • Deal with owners or building managers who are difficult or hostile. Ask questions and provide information to help the person understand the situation and avoid continued hostility and conflict. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Contact suppliers and manufacturers to get information and technical data on equipment. (1)
  • Refer to WHMIS labels, hazard symbols, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG), Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) regulations, and general health and safety manuals to locate information on products you are using. (2)
  • Refer to manuals, catalogues, parts books, and use the Internet to get information and technical data needed to order parts and materials. (2)
  • Talk to co-workers to get opinions and suggestions on repair and maintenance problems. (2)
  • Refer to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code for regulations on system installation and repairs. (3)
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