Most businesses have a sprinkler system and all of them must be
inspected and maintained. Sprinkler System Installers plan, test, repair, and
install water, carbon dioxide, chemical, and foam fire protection systems. To
become a certified sprinkler system installer you must pass an examination and
complete an apprenticeship. Once you become one you might also have to take
yearly courses to keep up to date on new information available in your field.
(In 2000) most Sprinkler Installers
earned between $24 and $30 an hour. An installer can work for another
company or be self employed, and business math is essential for this job. They
may be in charge of purchasing and scheduling that requires basic arithmetic.
On a more difficult level, trigonometry is also needed. An installer must be
able to install sprinkler heads with a fixed spray angle in the right position
to cover the appropriate area. This becomes even more complicated when you have
to determine if the sprinkler can reach to the opposite side of obstacles and
still provide enough coverage. Equipment and blueprints are labeled in
SI (International System [of units]) and Imperial units and an installer
needs to be able to read, convert, and measure in both. When setting up a
system, the volume required to fill all the pipes must be determined and meet
the strict standards of the NFPA (National Fire
Protection Association). An installer must also be able to take pressure
readings to diagnose a leaky system.
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