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The recruitment, selection, employment, and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, creed, handicap, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest record, conviction record, or membership in the military forces of theUnited States of America or this state.
The sponsor will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30, the Wisconsin Fair Employment Law, and all other applicable state laws.
To apply for entry into the Local 183 Joint Apprenticeship Program you must:
- Apply in person at Sprinkler Fitters Local 183 or submit our online application.
- Provide Local 183 with the following documents:
- A copy of your birth certificate showing you are not less than 17 years of age.
- A copy of your high school diploma or high school equivalency (G.E.D) certificate.
- High school transcripts or high school equivalency (G.E.D) test scores.
- A copy of your Military Discharge Form (DD-214), if applicable.
What Happens Next?
After the application has been completed, and all of the above requirements have been satisfied, the applicant will receive a sponsorship letter to take the Accuplacer Testing at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), or WRTP/Big Step.
Once all of the tests have been passed, the applicant will be notified by mail to appear before The Milwaukee Area Sprinkler Fitting Joint Apprenticeship Committee for an interview.
The interview score is combined with the test scores and this total score determines where the applicant is placed on the waiting list.
As contractors submit requests for apprentices, applicants are pulled from the top of the list.
The applicant is required to pass a drug-screening test upon entry into the program.
Career Info & Tutoring
Being a Sprinkler Fitter
Sprinkler Fitters are pipefitting specialists in fire protection. They install, repair, and maintain all types of fixed extinguishing systems. While most of this work deals directly with automatic sprinkler systems, they also have the skills necessary to install and service a wide variety of other fire protection equipment such as standpipes, CO2 systems, foam systems, and dry chemical systems.
If you should become a member of the Local 183 Joint Apprenticeship Program the facts of apprentice life are as follows:
- Are under the jurisdiction and control of the Milwaukee Area Sprinkler Fitting JATC.
- Must complete a 5-year apprenticeship in the related program.
- Must perform satisfactorily both on the job and in the Related training program. Unsatisfactory progress in either area can result in the termination of your apprenticeship.
- Must travel to the job location.
- Will be required to work both inside and outdoors. The job can vary from working in a trench underground, to working 100ft. above the floor. The majority of the work is 10ft.-20ft. off the floor.
- Will work with overhead piping ranging in size from 1 inch to 10 inches.Will receive a starting wage established by agreement between Local 183 and the National Fire Sprinkler Association, Inc. Those performing satisfactorily will receive an increase based on a percentage of the Journeyman’s rate each year.
- Will become eligible for Health and Welfare benefits for yourself and your immediate family on the first day of the calendar month following your completion of 600 hours of work in the trade.