There are some dirty women out there earning $26 an hour--as sprinkler fitters--and the fire sprinkler industry is looking for more.
Applications for the industry's five-year apprenticeship program will be accepted from Sept. 15-19 and Sept. 22-26, program coordinator Harry M. Ball said.
The work is hard, physical and dirty, but starting wages are more than $8 an hour, with $1 raises every six months, Ball said. When the apprenticeship is over, journeymen, and women, fitters earn about $26 an hour plus benefits.
Ball said that out of 115 apprentices in the program, only 18 are women. The U. S. Labor Department and the State of California mandate that 21% of the sprinkler fitters be women, he said.