What is Diplocon?

Diplocon was founded to provide resources for people seeking jobs providing construction services to the Diplomatic Community. While continuing to do so, it has also evolved into a nexus for employment professionals and consultants, job seekers interested in employment OCONUS (Outside CONtinental United States) in any field, and people already OCONUS whether working in the diplomatic realm, construction, maintenance, and support of diplomatic facilities, or in other professions and roles.


Sprinkler fitters


Sprinkler fitters overseas

What do sprinkler fitters do overseas that they don’t so much in the USA? In general, not a lot. Sprinkler fitters on an overseas jobsite are likely to do about the same things they do in the US, but may face greater challenges. They’re likely to face shortages of materials and supplies. If the project is in a phase in which there is not a lot of need for sprinkler fitters, they can fill in as helpers to the carpenters, electricians, etc. instead of being temporarily laid off. However, their wage will normally not fall to that of a helper.

Most journeyman level sprinkler fitters will have all the background required to earn top pay overseas, but may be required to adapt their skills to existing conditions. In some parts of the world, code compliant materials, familiar tools, and supplies are weeks away so the ability to look ahead and plan the work is a critical asset.

How can you acquire or polish sprinkler fitter skills for assignments overseas?

If you have no professional experience as a sprinkler fitter, you can start by going to a community college or trade school near your home. If that is not an option, you can take an online course (do a web search for online technical training – you may need to search for plumbing and welding courses). Even experienced sprinkler fitters that have learned on the job can benefit from such courses. Hiring Managers for overseas jobs or projects like to see some documentation of training. Hiring for overseas work is an intensive effort on the employer’s part because they will be investing thousands of dollars in you before you earn a penny for them.

You can also work your way up through union apprenticeship programs or on the job as an apprentice if there are no union facilities near you.

Whether you are an experienced sprinkler fitter or are in training, you should focus on being proficient and quality oriented in at least the following:

  • Layout and installation risers, main, and branch lines
  • Installing arm-overs and heads in very crowded spaces
  • Installation of correct rated heads
  • Local and national code compliance
  • Focus on commercial and institutional systems
  • Maintenance and trouble shooting

For more information or guidance email info@diplocon.com and/or sign up to join our email community and we will be glad to help.

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