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V.C., Construction Apprenticeship - Fire Sprinkler System Technology

Degree Type: VC
Major Code: FRSPK-VC
CIP: 0846050202

Apprenticeship training at Seminole State College is provided in conjunction with local contractors and construction associations. Areas of study include building maintenance, commercial ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, electricity, fire sprinkler and plumbing.

Training covers a specified period of time during which the apprentice learns a skill or trade under the supervision of a competent craftsman. Each apprentice must complete specified hours of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction. Standards provide for a schedule of work processes, from simple to the most complex, which the apprentice must follow during the on-the-job training. The apprentice's wages increase as skills and knowledge increase.

This is a limited-access program. Candidates must:

  • Have approval from an apprenticeship coordinator to register for classes;
  • Apply and be accepted at Seminole State College;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Be physically capable of performing the work of the trade;
  • Be able to read and write English;
  • Provide proof of Florida residency for the waiver status;
  • Be employed by a sponsoring company.

All students in registered apprenticeship programs are exempt from taking the basic skills exam.

Students interested in college credit courses must:

  • Meet with apprenticeship coordinator;
  • Provide official transcripts indicating a standard high school diploma or equivalent.

Total program hours: 8,624

Major Courses
Not availableBCA0470Fundamentals of Fire Sprinklers I
This course encompasses the fundamentals of the construction field. Students will gain knowledge with a basic introduction to the construction industry including safety, math skills, blueprint reading, hand and power tools and basic rigging. Students will obtain CPR, First Aid and OSHA certifications.
60
Not availableBCA0471Fundamentals of Fire Sprinklers II
This course encompasses additional fundamentals of the construction field. Students will acquire human relations skills, interpersonal relationship skills, workplace productivity skills and will be introduced to the basic functions of a computer. In addition, this course encompasses the types of pipe hangers, supports and restraints found on the job and identifies various materials in threading piping systems. The student will also gain knowledge in flanged, grooved and plain-end fittings.
60
Not availableBCA0472Fundamentals of Fire Sprinklers III
This course encompasses general math trade skills and types of construction and plans used for the installation of sprinkler systems. The student will also gain knowledge in basic hydraulic concepts and selection of hydraulic design methods.
60
Not availableBCA0474CIntermediate Fire Sprinklers I
This course encompasses additional fundamentals of the construction field. Students will acquire human relations skills, interpersonal relationship skills, workplace productivity skills and will be introduced to the basic functions of a computer. In addition, this course encompasses the types of pipe hangers, supports and restraints found on the job site and identifies various materials in threading piping systems. The student will also gain knowledge in flanged, grooved and plain-end fittings.
60
Not availableBCA0473Fundamentals of Fire Sprinklers IV
This course encompasses the fundamentals of fire pumps and the beginning basics of special extinguishing systems.
60
Not availableBCA0475Intermediate Fire Sprinklers II
This course encompasses the installation of underground fire mains and trim outs, purification and flow tests, test forms and approving authority requirements and tests, standpipe systems and classifications and codes.
60
Not availableBCA0476Intermediate Fire Sprinklers III
This course encompasses the chemical and physical properties of water, the different water supplies available for automatic fire sprinkler systems and the fundamentals of fire pumps. The student will also gain knowledge in the different types of pre-action and deluge systems along with troubleshooting techniques.
60
Not availableBCA0477Intermediate Fire Sprinklers IV
This course encompasses a more advanced look at special extinguishing systems, system design and inspection and maintenance.
60
AvailableBCA0478Advanced Fire Sprinklers I
This advanced course encompasses types of fire sprinkler systems, control valves, fire sprinkler symbols and hazards and required code capacities and times.
36
AvailableBCA0479Advanced Fire Sprinklers II
This course encompasses the final testing and inspection of a fire protection system, spacing location, position of sprinkler heads, hydraulic calculated systems, types of fire protection systems and valves, supplemental fire detection tests and code requirements.
36
AvailableBCA0494Advanced Fire Sprinklers III
This course encompasses an advanced look at special extinguishing systems and the inspection and maintenance of fire sprinkler systems. The student will also gain knowledge in the responsibilities and leadership skills needed to be a foreman.
36
AvailableBCA0495Advanced Fire Sprinklers IV
This is an advanced course encompassing foremanship responsibility.
36
AvailableBCA0496LFire Sprinkler OJT
This application-based course encompasses the actual on-the-job training performance and proficiency of all fire sprinkler trade skills. This course may be repeated up to three times.
640
Complete the above course four times
Not availableBCA0497LFire Sprinkler OJT
This application-based course encompasses the actual on-the-job training performance and proficiency of all fire sprinkler trade skills. This course may be repeated up to six times.
680
Complete the above course eight times
Optional college credit courses for students pursuing the A.S., Building Construction Technology:
AvailableBCN2230Construction Materials and Methods I
An introduction to the art of building, this course deals with whole systems of building: heavy timber framing, wood platform framing, masonry load bearing walls, structural steel framing, concrete framing and enclosures. The evolutionary development of the system, the properties of its major materials, the possibilities and limitations of the building method and the basis for choosing among systems is covered.
3
AvailableBCN2231Construction Materials and Methods II
An in-depth study of the techniques, structure, characteristics, analysis and application of modern construction and engineering materials with an emphasis on the processing, structure, properties and performance interrelationship. Students will gain an understanding of material science and use experimentation to discover applications and techniques of materials. An emphasis will be placed on high-performance materials within the built environment.
3
AvailableBCN2272Blueprint Reading
Blueprint Reading is a study of the principles involved in the use and interpretation of drawings and specifications commonly used in light construction. Topics include history of recorded drawings, architectural and structural details, materials, structural, mechanical and electrical systems and related building code requirements. Lab fee required.
3
AvailableBCT2730Project Management and Supervision
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the construction superintendent's role in the construction process. Generally accepted practices among construction superintendents are explored in detail. Lab fee required.
3

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.