8-Week Design Courses


The course is $6600.


Apr 17 - June 16, 2017

July 24 - Sept 15, 2017

Oct 9 - Dec 15, 2017



For this program, you will need to have the following:

  • A computer that is preloaded with the software your company uses for design work.
  • A camera and a microphone that can be used with your computer for classes.
  • A copy of the NFPA 13 standard.
  • A copy of the NFSA's Design Textbook, Layout, Detail and Calculation of Fire Sprinkler Systems (2nd Edition)

Classes will be held from 9am - 2pm (Central Time) Monday through Friday


Each of these classes are one week of instruction and learning.

SST 101

Introduction to Fire Sprinkler Design

Students are introduced to a design career. Overview of various types of building hazard categories, specific hazards, and methods used to choose the appropriate types and degrees of protection.

Codes, Standards and Specifications

International, national, and local codes, standards, and specifications which govern fire protection systems design. Sprinkler system requirements from the Insurance Industry. The role of research and listing laboratories in sprinkler systems.

Plans and Blueprints

Standard construction types including residential, industrial, and mixed use; unique hazards and fire suppression issues. Organization of contract drawings and blueprints. Understanding the standard notations of other disciplines in the construction documents.

Water Supplies

Water supplies for sprinkler systems, including public systems, pressure tanks, atmospheric tanks, and pumps.

Systems Materials, Hangers, and Attachments

Types of sytems, types of sprinklers, the materials and components acceptable for use in a sprinkler system; associated features and limitations.

SST 102

Spacing and Location of Fire Sprinklers

PREREQUISITE: CAD Experience (at least three days of training)

Students will learn the spacing rules and requirements for position of sprinklers. Students will use their computers to space sprinklers on example plans. This will include Standard Spray and Extended Coverage sprinklers.

Students will learn how to apply the small room rule. The students will learn about and begin to apply the Obstruction Rules.

SST 103

Layout Sprinklers and Piping - PROJECT #1

Students will work on their first project. This will include: Understanding the Project Specifications, Sprinkler Layout, also Piping and Hanger Layout. Then the students will begin to discuss hydraulic calculations.

SST 104

Hydraulic Calculations & PROJECT #2

Students will learn to perform manual calculations. They will start a new project and perform calculations for it. They will compare their manual calculations to calc’s completed on their computer.

SST 105

Submittals and Stocklisting of PROJECT #2

Students will learn how to be productive at jobsite meetings. They will learn how to maintain project records and how to process RFI’s. Students will “submit” Project #2 for approval. Upon receiving “approval” for their project, the students will learn to stocklist the entire project.

SST 106

PROJECT #3 – Completing an Entire Job in One Week

For Project #3, students will be required to draw, calculate, submit and stocklist from a given set of drawings and specifications. After “picking” materials, they will be required to fabricate or assemble pipe and fittings.Upon completion of the fabtication exercise, they will be required to create installation plans for use by sprinkler fitters in the field.

SST 107

Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems and Project #4

Week 7 teaches students about residential systems. For Project #4, students will layout, calculate and stocklist one floor of a hotel (and/or a single family home).

Concealed Spaces and Dry Systems

Students will learn about and be able to describe requirements for concealed spaces. This will lead to the design of a dry sprinkler system.

SST 108

Calculating Complex Situations

Students will learn how calculate systems with more complex remote areas. They will calculate loops and grids on the computer.

Standpipes and Project #5

Students will learn how to design a standpipe. For Project #5, students will design and calculate a combined Standpipe / Sprinkler System.

Final Exam