Washtenaw Community College (WCC) manages one of the largest apprenticeship programs in North America. The Sprinkler Fitter Apprentice Program, created and monitored by the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC), serves the largest local union of Sprinkler Fitters in North America, Local 669. Local Union 669 is affiliated with the United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada.
Sprinkler Fitters are piping mechanics that specialize in the installation and maintenance of fire suppression systems. Each local 669 Sprinkler Fitter must complete a comprehensive five-year apprentice program in order to become a journeyman.
Washtenaw Community College works with Local 669 and the JATC to manage, administer, and continually update this program. WCC serves more than 3,200 Sprinkler Fitter apprentices each year with course enrollments of nearly 13,000. Currently the Sprinkler Fitter program is available in both an online and correspondence format.