Construction Apprenticeship - Fire Sprinkler System Technology Career Certificate

From constructing to repair, to hydraulic design methods and fundamentals of fire pumps, this certificate readies you for a career that is thriving thanks to the growing construction industry in Central Florida. Learn from local contractors and gain your skills in an apprentice position that sets you up for success.

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Getting Started: Spring 2020

Nov. 1:   Financial Aid


Jan. 3:   Application


Jan. 8:   Classes Begin

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Why Seminole State?

  • Dedicated faculty: Faculty are "scholar-practitioners" with industry experience as well as academic credentials.  
  • Affordable tuition: Seminole State has significantly lower costs than trade schools.
  • High-tech facilities: Labs are equipped with the latest technologies that simulate real-world job conditions.  
  • Industry involvement: Our industry-focused certificate programs offer excellent connections to Central Florida employers.
  • Hands-on experience: Practical, hands-on learning experiences prepare students to apply their knowledge to real-world situations.
  • Career advancement: Graduates are prepared for immediate entry into the workforce upon certificate completion.

Additional Information

Construction Apprenticeship - Fire Sprinkler System Technology Career Certificate
Type: CareerCert
Major Code : FRSPK-VC
CIP: 0846050202

Program Description

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 and fire sprinkler technology.

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: 8624

Available Courses
Required Courses
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.
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.
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.
This course encompasses the fundamentals of fire pumps and the beginning basics of special extinguishing systems.
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.
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.
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.
This course encompasses a more advanced look at special extinguishing systems, system design and inspection and maintenance.
This advanced course encompasses types of fire sprinkler systems, control valves, fire sprinkler symbols and hazards and required code capacities and times.
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.
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.
This is an advanced course encompassing foremanship responsibility.
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.
BCA 0496L Fire Sprinkler OJT must be completed 4 times
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.
BCA 0497L Fire Sprinkler OJT must be completed 8 times
Optional college credit courses for students enrolled in the CWIRE-VC and FRSPK-VC programs:
These college credit courses apply towards the Building Construction Technology Certificate or A.S., Construction Management.
This course offers an in-depth knowledge of the materials and methods employed in building construction. Students are introduced to building science, materials science, codes and standards in the construction industry. Construction techniques are presented as related to sitework and the building envelope. This course covers major construction materials such as soil, concrete, masonry, wood, metal and other finish materials. Lab fee required.
This course provides a broad overview of the built environment, the architectural, engineering and construction (A/E/C) industry as well as different career paths within the industry. Insight into the processes, the people and the practices involved to bring a building from a concept to reality are presented. An emphasis will be placed on the construction management process and the critical role of the construction manager. Lab fee required.
This course is a continuation of the discussion of materials, methods and techniques with an emphasis placed on mechanical systems such as HVAC, electrical, plumbing and fire suppression systems. As buildings have become more sophisticated, students will gain an understanding of communications, electronic safety and security and utilities of modern building construction as it pertains to construction processes. Other divisions addressed include, but are not limited to: furnishings, specialty construction, conveying systems, earthwork, construction equipment and exterior improvements. This course will also offer an in-depth study of today's advanced sustainable building technologies and sustainable rating systems. This course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
This is an introductory course in project scheduling and planning using bar charts, critical path method (CPM), precedence diagram and linear scheduling methods. Students will develop an understanding of resource leveling, cost loaded schedule, updating, and expediting the schedule on construction projects. Students will work on a semester project to develop activities and sequences involved on a typical construction project. Primavera P6 software will be introduced in the class to create the various schedules. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
In this course students will develop the knowledge and skills involved in the effective use and interpretation of the construction drawings and specifications. Students will learn how to examine a variety of different types of plans included within a standard set of drawings such as, civil, landscape/irrigation, architectural, structural, MEP, fire protection and communications to understand the scope of the project and the means and methods required to construct the project. Basic construction abbreviations, symbols and various scaling will be introduced.
This course introduces the fundamentals of estimating process for construction projects. Topics include the work breakdown structure (WBS); extraction of quantities such as area, volume, weight, etc., from construction documents; analysis and determination of direct and indirect costs; the uses of unit cost databases; and types of estimates. Students will simulate preparation of bid proposals on construction projects. Computer-based construction estimating software will be introduced.
This course is an introduction to the techniques of drawing for three-dimensional spatial relationships, visualization, sketching and graphical presentation. Engineering drawing, descriptive geometry and graphical solution techniques using both manual and computer methods will be emphasized. Lab fee required.
The purpose of this course is to help drafting students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to work at an entry-level job in such positions as CAD technician trainee, CAD system operator or CAD technician. This course is designed for students who have already received in-depth training in one or more application areas. Lab fee required.
Note:

Courses beginning with a leading digit of "0", postsecondary adult vocational courses and AER prefix courses do not meet the requirements for an Associate in Arts or Bachelor's degree. 

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.

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Tuition and Fees*

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Tuition$70
Fees$14
Total per Credit Hour$84
Total per Contact Hour Rate$3

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* Tuition costs are based on program costs for in-state students according to the 2019-20 fee schedule. The cost for books, supplies and any other program-related expenses will vary by program. Financial aid may be available for qualified students. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

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