Training Center

About the Training Center

Sprinkler Fitters Local 281, U.A. Training Center is located at 11900 South Laramie Avenue, Alsip, Illinois.

The 25, 000 square foot facility was purchased in 1994 and training began in 1995.   Sprinkler training covers all aspects of commercial, industrial, residential and service work.   The site has two large classrooms and an additional two computer rooms with 26 computers.  The training center equipment includes, 14 welding booths, an overhead crane, a flame beveler, a plasma cutting machine, a diesel fire pump assembly, a fire pump on a live header with 22 sprinkler valves, and a two story wood frame house used for residential training.  The training from this facility has produced six consecutive years of Apprentice State Champions and also serves for continuing journeyman training. 

The Sprinkler Fitters Local 281, U.A. Training Center is a training site for Chicago and surrounding suburban fire departments.  The training center cooperates with the neighboring Alsip Fire Department for sprinkler burn demonstrations.

The training center has hosted 16 consecutive Open Houses for Sprinkler Fitters Local 281, U.A. members and their families.

Training For The Future

No other organization serves the training needs of the sprinkler fitting industry like the United Association.  For over a century, the UA has been training the most highly-qualified workers in the United States and Canada.

Over the past several decades, the United Association's training programs have produced a stable, skilled workforce responsible for building and maintaining piping systems in the various industrial and residential facilities that make up the North American landscape.

No one can match the commitment or investment. The UA spends over $100 million annually on training programs efforts involving approximately 100,000 journeymen and apprentices in over 400 local training facilities at any given time.

If the United Association wanted to select the area which best reflects this commitment to the training and excellence produced, it could well look to the Sprinkler Fitters of Chicagoland.  The Sprinkler Fitters of Local 281 train out of a state-of-art facility which produces the best journeymen in the industry.

In addition to our five-year apprenticeship programs, Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 offers continuing education opportunity that includes journeymen training and certification, as well as an associate’s degree program.