Oil Heat Systems Technician 2015 National Occupational Analysis

Oil Heat Systems Technician 2015 National Occupational Analysis
National Occupational Analysis
Oil Heat Systems
Technician
2015
National Occupational
Analysis
Oil Heat System
Technician
2015
Trades and Apprenticeship Division
Division des métiers et de l’apprentissage
Labour Market Integration Directorate
Direction de l’intégration au marché du
travail
National Occupational Classification:
7331
Disponible en français sous le titre :
Technicien/technicienne de système de
chauffage à mazout
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FOREWORD
The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) recognizes this National
Occupational Analysis (NOA) as the national standard for the occupation of Oil Heat System
Technician.
Background
The first National Conference on Apprenticeship in Trades and Industries, held in Ottawa in
1952, recommended that the federal government be requested to cooperate with provincial and
territorial apprenticeship committees and officials in preparing analyses of a number of skilled
occupations. To this end, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) sponsors a
program, under the guidance of the CCDA, to develop a series of NOAs.
The NOAs have the following objectives:
•
to describe and group the tasks performed by skilled workers;
•
to identify which tasks are performed in every province and territory;
•
to develop instruments for use in the preparation of Interprovincial Red Seal
Examinations and curricula for training leading to the certification of skilled workers;
•
to facilitate the mobility of apprentices and skilled workers in Canada; and,
•
to supply employers, employees, associations, industries, training institutions and
governments with analyses of occupations.
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The CCDA and ESDC wish to express sincere appreciation for the contribution of the many
tradespersons, industrial establishments, professional associations, labour organizations,
provincial and territorial government departments and agencies, and all others who contributed
to this publication.
Special acknowledgement is extended to the following representatives from the trade who
attended a national workshop to develop the previous edition of this NOA in 2006.
Grant Atchison
D. Brian Baker
Mark Conrad
Shawn Cooper
Roger Corbett
Stephen Hazell
Jared Joudry
Gary MacKinnon
Joey Molloy
Doug Puddester
Barry Walsh
Gary Wilson
Yukon
Manitoba
Nova Scotia
Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia
New Brunswick
Prince Edward Island
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Prince Edward Island
Canadian Oil Heat Association (COHA)
This 2015 edition of the NOA was reviewed, updated and validated by industry representatives
from the provinces and territories, and the Canadian Oil Heat Association (COHA) to ensure
that it continues to represent the skills and knowledge required in this trade. The coordinating,
facilitating and processing of this analysis were undertaken by employees of the NOA
development team of the Trades and Apprenticeship Division of ESDC. The host jurisdiction of
Newfoundland and Labrador also participated in the development of this NOA.
Comments or questions about this publication may be forwarded to:
Trades and Apprenticeship Division
Labour Market Integration Directorate
Employment and Social Development Canada
140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV, 5th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0J9
Email: redseal-sceaurouge@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
FOREWORD
I
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
II
TABLE OF CONTENTS
III
STRUCTURE OF ANALYSIS
V
DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION OF ANALYSIS
VII
ANALYSIS
SAFETY
3
SCOPE OF THE OIL HEAT SYSTEM TECHNICIAN TRADE
4
OCCUPATIONAL OBSERVATIONS
5
BLOCK A
BLOCK B
BLOCK C
BLOCK D
COMMON OCCUPATIONAL SKILLS
Task 1
Uses tools and equipment.
Task 2
Organizes work.
6
11
FUEL SUPPLY AND STORAGE SYSTEMS
Task 3
Installs fuel storage tanks.
15
Task 4
Installs fuel supply system.
18
OIL-FIRED HEATING SYSTEMS
Task 5
Installs and retrofits oil-fired and wood/oil
appliances and components.
21
Task 6
Installs forced-air heating systems.
25
Task 7
Installs hydronic heating systems.
27
VENTING, COMBUSTION AND MAKE-UP AIR
Task 8
Selects venting system.
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30
Task 9
BLOCK E
BLOCK F
Installs equipment and components for combustion
air and make-up air.
33
ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONIC SYTEMS
Task 10
Installs electrical and electronic systems.
Task 11
Tests electrical and electronic systems.
35
37
MAINTEANCE, DIAGNOSIS, REPAIR AND REMOVAL
Task 12
Maintains oil-fired heating systems and
components.
Task 13
Diagnoses oil-fired heating systems and
components.
Task 14
Repairs oil-fired heating systems and components.
Task 15
Removes appliances and components.
39
41
43
45
APPENDICES
APPENDIX A
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
49
APPENDIX B
GLOSSARY
52
APPENDIX C
ACRONYMS
55
APPENDIX D
BLOCK AND TASK WEIGHTING
56
APPENDIX E
PIE CHART
59
APPENDIX F
TASK PROFILE CHART
60
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STRUCTURE OF ANALYSIS
To facilitate understanding of the occupation, the work performed by tradespersons is divided
into the following categories:
Blocks
largest division within the analysis that is comprised of a distinct
set of trade activities
Tasks
distinct actions that describe the activities within a block
Sub-Tasks
distinct actions that describe the activities within a task
Supporting
Knowledge and
Abilities
skills and knowledge that an individual must have to perform a
sub-task
The analysis also provides the following information:
Trends
changes identified that impact or will impact the trade including
work practices, technological advances, and new materials and
equipment
Related Components
list of products, items, materials and other elements relevant to the
block
Tools and Equipment
categories of tools and equipment used to perform all tasks in the
block; these tools and equipment are listed in Appendix A
Context
information to clarify the intent and meaning of tasks
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The appendices located at the end of the analysis are described as follows:
Appendix A —
Tools and Equipment
non-exhaustive list of tools and equipment used in this trade
Appendix B —
Glossary
definitions or explanations of selected technical terms used in the
analysis
Appendix C —
Acronyms
list of acronyms used in the analysis with their full name
Appendix D —
Block and Task
Weighting
block and task percentages submitted by each jurisdiction, and
the national averages of these percentages; these national
averages determine the number of questions for each block and
task in the Interprovincial exam
Appendix E —
Pie Chart
graph which depicts the national percentages of exam questions
assigned to blocks
Appendix F —
Task Profile Chart
chart which outlines graphically the blocks, tasks and sub-tasks
of this analysis
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DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION OF ANALYSIS
Development of Analysis
A draft analysis is developed by a committee of industry experts in the field led by a team of
facilitators from Employment and Social Development Canada. This draft analysis breaks down
all the tasks performed in the occupation and describes the knowledge and abilities required for
a tradesperson to demonstrate competence in the trade.
Draft Review
The NOA development team then forwards a copy of the analysis and its translation to
provincial and territorial authorities for a review of its content and structure. Their
recommendations are assessed and incorporated into the analysis.
Validation and Weighting
The analysis is sent to all provinces and territories for validation and weighting. Participating
jurisdictions consult with industry to validate and weight the document, examining the blocks,
tasks and sub-tasks of the analysis as follows:
BLOCKS
Each jurisdiction assigns a percentage of questions to each block for an
examination that would cover the entire trade.
TASKS
Each jurisdiction assigns a percentage of exam questions to each task
within a block.
SUB-TASKS
Each jurisdiction indicates, with a YES or NO, whether or not each subtask is performed by skilled workers within the occupation in its
jurisdiction.
The results of this exercise are submitted to the NOA development team who then analyzes the
data and incorporates it into the document. The NOA provides the individual jurisdictional
validation results as well as the national averages of all responses. The national averages for
block and task weighting guide the Interprovincial Red Seal Examination plan for the trade.
This method for the validation of the NOA also identifies common core sub-tasks across
Canada for the occupation. If at least 70% of the responding jurisdictions perform a sub-task, it
shall be considered common core. Interprovincial Red Seal Examinations are based on the
common core sub-tasks identified through this validation process.
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Definitions for Validation and Weighting
YES
sub-task performed by qualified workers in the occupation in a specific
jurisdiction
NO
sub-task not performed by qualified workers in the occupation in a specific
jurisdiction
NV
analysis Not Validated by a province/territory
ND
trade Not Designated in a province/territory
NOT
COMMON
CORE (NCC)
sub-task, task or block performed by less than 70% of responding
jurisdictions; these will not be tested by the Interprovincial Red Seal
Examination for the trade
NATIONAL
AVERAGE %
average percentage of questions assigned to each block and task in
Interprovincial Red Seal Examination for the trade
Provincial/Territorial Abbreviations
NL
NS
PE
NB
QC
ON
MB
SK
AB
BC
NT
YT
NU
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island
New Brunswick
Quebec
Ontario
Manitoba
Saskatchewan
Alberta
British Columbia
Northwest Territories
Yukon Territory
Nunavut
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ANALYSIS
SAFETY
Safe working procedures and conditions, accident prevention, and the preservation of health
are of primary importance to industry in Canada. These responsibilities are shared and require
the joint efforts of government, employers and employees. It is imperative that all parties
become aware of circumstances that may lead to injury or harm. Safe learning experiences and
work environments can be created by controlling the variables and behaviours that may
contribute to accidents or injury.
It is generally recognized that safety-conscious attitudes and work practices contribute to a
healthy, safe and accident-free work environment.
It is imperative to apply and be familiar with the Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Acts
and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) regulations. As well, it is
essential to determine workplace hazards and take measures to protect oneself, co-workers, the
public and the environment. Additional training around safety issues such as working in
confined spaces is highly recommended.
Safety education is an integral part of training in all jurisdictions. As safety is an imperative part
of all trades, it is assumed and therefore it is not included as a qualifier of any activities.
However, the technical safety tasks and sub-tasks specific to the trade are included in this
analysis.
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SCOPE OF THE OIL HEAT SYSTEM TECHNICIAN
“Oil Heat System Technician” is this trade’s official Red Seal occupational title approved by the
CCDA. This analysis covers tasks performed by oil heat system technicians whose occupational
title has been identified by some provinces and territories of Canada under the following
names:
NL
NS
PE
Oil Burner Mechanic
NB
QC ON MB

SK
AB
BC
NT
YT NU


Oil Burner Mechanic
(Residential)

Oil Heat System
Technician
Oil Heat Systems
Technician




Oil heat system technicians install, repair and maintain all types of oil-fired domestic and
commercial appliances, equipment, components and systems. On new installations, they may
design, assemble and install the heating and ventilation systems, install oil burner components
such as control devices and associated wiring, install fuel supply systems and connect the
plumbing to mechanical and electrical systems. They may also install, maintain and repair
wood/oil heating systems.
Oil heat system technicians work in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. They
may be self-employed or employed by heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
installation and service companies.
Service calls and emergency calls may take place anytime: days, evenings or weekends. Full
time and seasonal employment opportunities are available.
Oil heat system technicians must have good mechanical aptitude, problem solving skills and
good customer relations skills. A good understanding of basic electrical/electronic theory and
The House as a System is also required. They may give cost estimates for required work and
explain the operation and maintenance of appliances and systems.
This analysis recognizes similarities or overlaps with the work of refrigeration and air
conditioning mechanics, gasfitters, plumbers and sheet metal workers.
Experienced oil heat system technicians may advance into supervisory and management
positions or move into self-employment.
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OCCUPATIONAL OBSERVATIONS
Oil heat system technicians must continually upgrade their skills to become proficient with new
products and equipment introduced into the industry. Testing efficiencies are more easily
realized with the introduction of computerized sensors, electronic and digital controls.
Technological changes and stringent new regulations have forced oil heat system technicians to
upgrade their skills and constantly apprise themselves regarding environmental legislation. The
increasingly complex and stringent environmental laws, especially regarding oil storage units,
are having a major impact on the occupation. The mechanic must recognize potential hazards
and react to dangerous situations. The skill of containment is becoming more critical and
environmental incident reporting procedures are evolving areas for the mechanic.
Customers continue to ask the oil heat system technician for more input and advice on choosing
a highly efficient and cost effective system.
A move to alternative fuel sources continues to make a major impact on the oil heat system
technician trade. The mechanic must access specialized training in order to become proficient in
the delivery, storage, distribution and combustion of such fuels with specific emphasis on safe
handling and system operation.
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BLOCK A
COMMON OCCUPATIONAL SKILLS
Trends
There is an increase in the use of portable battery-powered tools.
Electronic testing equipment is evolving to deliver more accurate and
more detailed information. Tools are becoming more ergonomic and
user-friendly. There is an increase in the regulations governing personal
protective equipment (PPE) and Transportation of Dangerous Goods
(TDG). The use of computers is increasing for information sharing such
as billing, training and dispatching. There is an increase in the use of
telecommunication equipment such as cell phones and electronic
messaging devices. Awareness of working in confined spaces and
related training is increasingly recommended.
Related
Components
All components apply.
Tools and
Equipment
See Appendix A.
Task 1
Uses tools and equipment.
The use of tools and equipment is important to oil heat system
technicians in order to properly perform their tasks. Using proper tools
increases efficiency, productivity and quality of work.
Context
Sub-task
A-1.01
NL
yes
Uses hand tools.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
A-1.01.01
knowledge of types of hand tools
A-1.01.02
knowledge of hand tool operating procedures
A-1.01.03
knowledge of limitations of use of hand tools
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BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
A-1.01.04
ability to organize hand tools
A-1.01.05
ability to select hand tools
A-1.01.06
ability to maintain hand tools
A-1.01.07
ability to store hand tools
A-1.01.08
ability to recognize worn, damaged or defective hand tools
A-1.01.09
ability to apply hand-eye coordination
Sub-task
A-1.02
NL
yes
Uses power tools.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
A-1.02.01
knowledge of types of power tools
A-1.02.02
knowledge of power tool operating procedures
A-1.02.03
knowledge of limitations of use of power tools
A-1.02.04
ability to organize power tools
A-1.02.05
ability to select power tools
A-1.02.06
ability to maintain power tools
A-1.02.07
ability to store power tools
A-1.02.08
ability to recognize worn, damaged or defective power tools
A-1.02.09
ability to apply hand-eye coordination
Sub-task
A-1.03
NL
no
Uses powder-actuated tools. (NOT COMMON CORE)
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
no
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
A-1.03.01
knowledge of types of powder-actuated tools
A-1.03.02
knowledge of types of shots
A-1.03.03
knowledge of certification requirements
A-1.03.04
knowledge of powder-actuated tool operating procedures
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NT
yes
A-1.03.05
knowledge of limitations of use of powder-actuated tools
A-1.03.06
ability to select powder-actuated tools
A-1.03.07
ability to maintain powder-actuated tools
A-1.03.08
ability to store powder-actuated tools
A-1.03.09
ability to recognize worn, damaged or defective powder-actuated tools
A-1.03.10
ability to apply hand-eye coordination
Sub-task
A-1.04
NL
yes
Uses measuring and testing equipment.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
A-1.04.01
knowledge of types of measuring and testing equipment
A-1.04.02
knowledge of measuring and testing equipment operating procedures
A-1.04.03
ability to perform basic calculations
A-1.04.04
ability to convert between imperial and metric measurements
A-1.04.05
ability to interpret measurements
A-1.04.06
ability to organize measuring and testing equipment
A-1.04.07
ability to select measuring and testing equipment
A-1.04.08
ability to verify calibration of measuring and testing equipment
A-1.04.09
ability to maintain measuring and testing equipment
A-1.04.10
ability to store measuring and testing equipment
Sub-task
A-1.05
NL
yes
Uses hoisting, lifting and rigging equipment.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
A-1.05.01
knowledge of types of hoisting, lifting and rigging equipment, and
certification requirements
A-1.05.02
knowledge of operating procedures
A-1.05.03
knowledge of applications of hoisting, lifting and rigging equipment
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NU
NV
A-1.05.04
knowledge of limitations of hoisting, lifting and rigging equipment
A-1.05.05
ability to recognize safe lifting locations or points
A-1.05.06
ability to maintain hoisting, lifting and rigging equipment
A-1.05.07
ability to recognize worn, damaged or defective hoisting, lifting and rigging
equipment
A-1.05.08
ability to store hoisting, lifting and rigging equipment
Sub-task
A-1.06
NL
yes
Uses ladders and platforms.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
A-1.06.01
knowledge of types of ladders such as step ladders and extension ladders
A-1.06.02
knowledge of types of platforms such as scaffolds, hydraulic lifts and scissor
lifts
A-1.06.03
knowledge of government regulations
A-1.06.04
knowledge of operating procedures
A-1.06.05
knowledge of limitations of ladders and platforms
A-1.06.06
ability to secure ladders and platforms
A-1.06.07
ability to maintain ladders and platforms
A-1.06.08
ability to recognize worn, damaged or defective ladders and platforms
Sub-task
A-1.07
NL
yes
Uses soldering, flaring and threading tools.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
A-1.07.01
knowledge of WHMIS
A-1.07.02
knowledge of types of soldering, flaring and threading equipment
A-1.07.03
knowledge of alloys and fluxes
A-1.07.04
knowledge of TDG regulations and certification requirements
A-1.07.05
knowledge of ventilation requirements
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NU
NV
A-1.07.06
ability to recognize flammable materials
A-1.07.07
ability to match alloy to specific component to be soldered, flared and
threaded
A-1.07.08
ability to select soldering, flaring and threading equipment
A-1.07.09
ability to organize soldering, flaring and threading equipment
A-1.07.10
ability to maintain soldering, flaring and threading equipment
A-1.07.11
ability to store soldering, flaring and threading equipment
Sub-task
A-1.08
NL
yes
Uses personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety equipment.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
A-1.08.01
knowledge of types of PPE
A-1.08.02
knowledge of types of safety equipment
A-1.08.03
knowledge of PPE and safety equipment operations
A-1.08.04
knowledge of training requirements for PPE and safety equipment
A-1.08.05
knowledge of location of PPE and safety equipment
A-1.08.06
knowledge of workplace safety and health regulations
A-1.08.07
ability to select PPE and safety equipment
A-1.08.08
ability to maintain PPE and safety equipment
A-1.08.09
ability to store PPE and safety equipment
A-1.08.10
ability to recognize worn, damaged or defective PPE and safety equipment
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Task 2
Organizes work.
Organizing work ensures quality, efficient and safe performance of oil
heat system technicians’ duties and accountability for their work.
Context
Sub-task
A-2.01
NL
yes
Communicates with others.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
A-2.01.01
knowledge of customer expectations
A-2.01.02
knowledge of communication equipment and technology
A-2.01.03
ability to interact with customers
A-2.01.04
ability to communicate with industry professionals
A-2.01.05
ability to communicate with other tradespeople
A-2.01.06
ability to communicate with apprentices
A-2.01.07
ability to communicate with supervisors and management
A-2.01.08
ability to use communication equipment
Sub-task
A-2.02
NL
yes
Maintains clean and safe work environment.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
A-2.02.01
knowledge of safety regulations
A-2.02.02
knowledge of company safety policies
A-2.02.03
knowledge of environmental guidelines and regulations
A-2.02.04
ability to recognize and correct unsafe conditions
A-2.02.05
ability to keep workplace tidy and organized
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Sub-task
A-2.03
NL
yes
Interprets codes and documentation.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
A-2.03.01
knowledge of B139 code
A-2.03.02
knowledge of relevant sections of codes such as building, plumbing, electrical
and safety codes
A-2.03.03
knowledge of types of documentation such as permits, warranties and
invoices
A-2.03.04
knowledge of trade terminology present in codes and documentation
A-2.03.05
ability to locate specific information in codes and documentation
Sub-task
A-2.04
NL
yes
Completes documentation.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
A-2.04.01
knowledge of types of business documentation such as work orders,
purchase orders, service invoices and warranties
A-2.04.02
knowledge of types of government forms such as permits, inspection reports
and environmental forms
A-2.04.03
ability to prepare quote
A-2.04.04
ability to prepare material list
A-2.04.05
ability to complete final inspection report
A-2.04.06
ability to use documentation equipment such as computers, digital cameras
and video cameras
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Sub-task
A-2.05
NL
yes
Interprets drawings.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
A-2.05.01
knowledge of types of drawings such as blueprints, shop drawings and
sketches
A-2.05.02
knowledge of drawing components such as lines, symbols, legends and
schedules
A-2.05.03
knowledge of specifications
A-2.05.04
ability to use drawing instruments
A-2.05.05
ability to locate layout dimensions
A-2.05.06
ability to reference specifications
A-2.05.07
ability to scale imperial and metric measurements
Sub-task
A-2.06
NL
yes
Performs basic distribution layout.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
A-2.06.01
knowledge of building size and application
A-2.06.02
knowledge of types of appliances and components
A-2.06.03
knowledge of forced air distribution systems
A-2.06.04
knowledge of types of hydronic distribution systems such as radiant floor, fin
tube and cast iron
A-2.06.05
knowledge of pipe and duct sizes, types and flow rates
A-2.06.06
ability to evaluate requirements
A-2.06.07
ability to take worksite measurements
A-2.06.08
ability to calculate heat loss and heat gain
A-2.06.09
ability to determine location of piping and ducting
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Sub-task
A-2.07
NL
yes
Organizes material and components.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
A-2.07.01
knowledge of types of material
A-2.07.02
knowledge of types of components
A-2.07.03
ability to select material and components
A-2.07.04
ability to prepare material and components
A-2.07.05
ability to order material and components
A-2.07.06
ability to take worksite measurements
A-2.07.07
ability to clean pipes and fittings
Sub-task
A-2.08
NL
yes
Commissions appliances and components.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
A-2.08.01
knowledge of appliance and component operations
A-2.08.02
knowledge of relevant sections of codes such as building, plumbing, electrical
and safety codes
A-2.08.03
ability to verify appliance operation
A-2.08.04
ability to verify system operation
A-2.08.05
ability to perform system analysis
A-2.08.06
ability to perform visual inspections
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BLOCK B
FUEL SUPPLY AND STORAGE SYSTEMS
Trends
There is an increased enforcement of codes. Fuel storage tanks are now
made of a variety of materials including heavier gauge metals,
fibreglass, high density plastic and steel. There is an increased use of
non-metallic fuel storage tanks, expansive coil (expansion loop),
protected fuel lines and guards for weather protection of components.
Reinforced slabs are more common for tank bases.
Related
Components
(including, but not
limited to)
Fuel storage tanks, fuel lines, pumps, valves, gauges, vent alarms,
fittings, pipes, guards, filters, tank stands, caps, supports, tank bases.
Tools and
Equipment
See Appendix A.
Task 3
Installs fuel storage tanks.
Stringent new jurisdictional regulations have mandated that oil heat
system technicians install fuel storage tanks in strict adherence to
standards to prevent environmental mishaps. New guards and
improved connections ensure that leaks are minimized and the storage
of fuel oil is more secure and less subjected to accidents and system
defects.
Context
Sub-task
B-3.01
NL
yes
Selects fuel storage tanks.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
B-3.01.01
knowledge of tank composition such as fibreglass, plastic and steel
B-3.01.02
knowledge of tank design
B-3.01.03
knowledge of building size and geographic location
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NV
B-3.01.04
knowledge of accessibility of tank location
B-3.01.05
ability to determine tank for specific location
B-3.01.06
ability to select stand
Sub-task
B-3.02
NL
yes
Determines fuel storage tank location.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
B-3.02.01
knowledge of location of utilities such as water source and electrical supply
B-3.02.02
knowledge of local regulations
B-3.02.03
knowledge of building orientation and property lines
B-3.02.04
knowledge of location of building openings such as air supply, windows and
doors
B-3.02.05
knowledge of tank capacity and design
B-3.02.06
knowledge of customer preferences
B-3.02.07
ability to take worksite measurements
Sub-task
B-3.03
NL
yes
Prepares location for fuel storage tanks.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
B-3.03.01
knowledge of tank weight at total capacity
B-3.03.02
knowledge of location of heating appliance
B-3.03.03
knowledge of types of tank base material such as poured concrete or
reinforced pads
B-3.03.04
ability to prepare base such as removing soil and compacting base
B-3.03.05
ability to calculate maximum weight load
B-3.03.06
ability to level tank base
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NU
NV
B-3.03.07
ability to pour concrete pad
B-3.03.08
ability to assess for possibility of soil erosion
Sub-task
B-3.04
NL
yes
Positions fuel storage tanks.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
B-3.04.01
knowledge of tank incline required for tank design such as end and bottom
outlet
B-3.04.02
knowledge of environmental conditions
B-3.04.03
ability to secure tank legs
B-3.04.04
ability to secure tank to base with fasteners
Sub-task
B-3.05
NL
yes
Installs fuel storage tank components.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
B-3.05.01
knowledge of types and locations of components such as gauges, tank valves
and vent alarms
B-3.05.02
knowledge of protection for components
B-3.05.03
ability to seal components using approved sealants
B-3.05.04
ability to tighten components
B-3.05.05
ability to retrofit components
B-3.05.06
ability to test and inspect for fuel leaks
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Sub-task
B-3.06
NL
yes
Installs fill and vent pipes.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
B-3.06.01
knowledge of sizes and types of fill and vent pipes
B-3.06.02
knowledge of pipe fittings such as caps, elbows and unions
B-3.06.03
ability to use fasteners and supports
B-3.06.04
ability to cut and seal holes in building envelope
B-3.06.05
ability to prepare pipe by threading and applying sealing compound
B-3.06.06
ability to seal components using approved sealants
B-3.06.07
ability to torque pipe and fittings
B-3.06.08
ability to test and inspect for fuel leaks
Task 4
Installs fuel supply system.
Environmental impact regulations throughout Canada have required
that oil heat system technicians improve skills in the installation of
relevant fuel supply components. Improved and more durable
components allow for movement of integral parts without breakage or
oxidation.
Context
Sub-task
B-4.01
NL
yes
Selects fuel supply components.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
B-4.01.01
knowledge of components such as oil filters, valves, pumps and oil lines
B-4.01.02
knowledge of types of valves such as oil-safety, in-line, anti-siphon and check
B-4.01.03
knowledge of manufacturers’ specifications
B-4.01.04
ability to determine size of fuel lines and oil filters
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B-4.01.05
ability to determine when to use booster pump systems
B-4.01.06
ability to determine when to use two-line systems
B-4.01.07
ability to determine when to use specialized components
Sub-task
B-4.02
NL
yes
Installs fuel supply components.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
B-4.02.01
knowledge of sealants
B-4.02.02
ability to determine location of components such as valves, booster pumps
and de-aerators
B-4.02.03
ability to determine travel path of fuel line
B-4.02.04
ability to fasten and support pipe
B-4.02.05
ability to seal components using approved sealants
B-4.02.06
ability to test and inspect for fuel leaks
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BLOCK C
OIL-FIRED HEATING SYSTEMS
Trends
Consumers are increasingly demanding a more comfortable and costeffective heating system. The industry is answering with high efficiency
appliances and heating system designs such as radiant floor heating,
integrated combination systems and energy management systems
(EMS).
Related
Components
Appliances: boilers, water heaters, wood/oil combination appliances,
forced air furnaces, condensing furnaces, incinerators, oil stoves, space
heaters, combo systems (water/air heating).
Components: Indirect water heaters, condensate pumps, circulating
pumps, manifolds, valves (zone, pressure reducing, check, flow,
pressure relief, back flow preventing, low water cut-off), relays,
expansion tanks, auto vents, air scoops, limit controls, smoke pipe,
ducting, plenums, dampers, thermostats, draft controls, draft inducers,
registers, grilles, piping, tubing, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air
cleaning devices, heat recovery ventilators.
Tools and
Equipment
Hand tools, power tools, powder-actuated tools, measuring and testing
equipment, hoisting, lifting and rigging equipment, soldering, flaring
and threading equipment, PPE and safety equipment.
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Task 5
Installs and retrofits oil-fired and wood/oil appliances and
components.
The appliance provides the heat for all heating systems. Oil heat system
technicians must assemble and position the appliance and complete all
connections to fuel and electrical supply and to venting and distribution
systems.
Context
Sub-task
C-5.01
NL
yes
Selects appliances.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
C-5.01.01
knowledge of relevant sections of codes such as building, plumbing, electrical
and safety codes
C-5.01.02
knowledge of system requirements
C-5.01.03
knowledge of local regulations
C-5.01.04
knowledge of types of appliances such as front and rear breech, and multiposition
C-5.01.05
knowledge of manufacturers’ specifications
C-5.01.06
knowledge of customer needs
C-5.01.07
knowledge of desired appliance location
C-5.01.08
knowledge of types of hydronic heating appliances
C-5.01.09
knowledge of location of other appliances such as clothes dryer, heat
recovery ventilator and water heater
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Sub-task
C-5.02
NL
yes
Positions appliance.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
C-5.02.01
knowledge of relevant sections of codes such as building, plumbing, electrical
and safety codes
C-5.02.02
knowledge of local regulations
C-5.02.03
knowledge of types of appliances such as front and rear breech, and multiposition
C-5.02.04
knowledge of manufacturers’ specifications
C-5.02.05
knowledge of desired appliance location
C-5.02.06
knowledge of types of hydronic heating appliances
C-5.02.07
knowledge of location of other appliances such as clothes dryer, heat
recovery ventilator and water heater
C-5.02.08
knowledge of types of fasteners
C-5.02.09
ability to level appliance
C-5.02.10
ability to mount appliance
C-5.02.11
ability to secure appliance using fasteners
Sub-task
C-5.03
NL
yes
Installs components on appliance.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
C-5.03.01
knowledge of appliance components such as burners, appliance jackets and
controls
C-5.03.02
knowledge of sequence of assembly
C-5.03.03
knowledge of location of controls
C-5.03.04
ability to apply sealing compounds
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C-5.03.05
ability to attach fittings and adapters
C-5.03.06
ability to connect water supply to the appliance
C-5.03.07
ability to assemble and mount burners
Sub-task
C-5.04
NL
yes
Connects fuel supply to appliance.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
C-5.04.01
knowledge of types of fuel lines such as steel, flexible and coated copper
C-5.04.02
knowledge of types of adapters and fittings
C-5.04.03
knowledge of relevant sections of codes such as building, plumbing, electrical
and safety codes
C-5.04.04
ability to apply sealing compounds
C-5.04.05
ability to flare fuel line
C-5.04.06
ability to support fuel line
C-5.04.07
ability to protect fuel line
C-5.04.08
ability to determine termination point
Sub-task
C-5.05
NL
yes
Connects electrical supply to appliance.
NS
yes
PE
no
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
C-5.05.01
knowledge of relevant sections of electrical codes
C-5.05.02
knowledge of types of connectors and fasteners
C-5.05.03
ability to select wire for specific load requirements
C-5.05.04
ability to strip and fasten wire
C-5.05.05
ability to secure wire to building structure
C-5.05.06
ability to seal electrical connectors
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BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Sub-task
C-5.06
NL
yes
Connects vent/exhaust piping to appliance.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
C-5.06.01
knowledge of vent/exhaust piping components
C-5.06.02
knowledge of types of fasteners
C-5.06.03
knowledge of sequence of application of sealants
C-5.06.04
knowledge of relevant sections of codes such as building, plumbing, electrical
and safety codes
C-5.06.05
ability to cut and crimp piping
C-5.06.06
ability to fasten piping to appliance
C-5.06.07
ability to apply sealants on balanced flue and direct vent applications
Sub-task
C-5.07
NL
yes
Installs dump zones for wood/oil systems.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
C-5.07.01
knowledge of application of dump zones
C-5.07.02
knowledge of appropriate location of dump zones
C-5.07.03
ability to assemble dump zone components
C-5.07.04
ability to solder connections on hydronic systems
C-5.07.05
ability to fabricate emergency access panel on forced air heating system
C-5.07.06
ability to connect wiring to dump zones
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NV
Sub-task
C-5.08
NL
yes
Connects drain to appliance.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
C-5.08.01
knowledge of relevant sections of plumbing codes
C-5.08.02
knowledge of liquids to be drained
C-5.08.03
knowledge of termination point of drain
C-5.08.04
knowledge of drain pipe materials
C-5.08.05
ability to fasten drain pipe to appliance
C-5.08.06
ability to protect drain pipe
C-5.08.07
ability to apply sealant
Task 6
Installs forced-air heating systems.
Warm air is delivered to all points of the building through the ducts. Oil
heat system technicians install the furnace, the distribution system and
related components.
Context
Sub-task
C-6.01
NL
yes
Assembles ductwork.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
C-6.01.01
knowledge of ductwork material
C-6.01.02
knowledge of components installed during assembly such as zone dampers
and fire dampers
C-6.01.03
knowledge of sequence of assembly
C-6.01.04
knowledge of hangers and supports
C-6.01.05
ability to join ducting
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C-6.01.06
ability to modify ductwork by using methods such as cutting, forming and
flanging
C-6.01.07
ability to size supply and return ducts
Sub-task
C-6.02
NL
yes
Installs ductwork.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
C-6.02.01
knowledge of relevant sections of codes such as building, plumbing, electrical
and safety codes
C-6.02.02
knowledge of types of sealants such as duct sealer, foil tape and vinyl duct
tape
C-6.02.03
ability to connect plenums to appliance
C-6.02.04
ability to connect starting collars and takeoffs
C-6.02.05
ability to install hangers
C-6.02.06
ability to seal joints
C-6.02.07
ability to connect trunk lines and branch lines
C-6.02.08
ability to install dampers such as manual and motorized
C-6.02.09
ability to install finish components such as registers and return air grilles
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Task 7
Installs hydronic heating systems.
Hydronic heating systems heat buildings through the circulation of
liquids. Oil heat system technicians install the boilers, the distribution
systems and related components.
Context
Sub-task
C-7.01
NL
yes
Assembles boilers.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
C-7.01.01
knowledge of types of boilers such as horizontal and vertical tube, cast iron
and sectional
C-7.01.02
knowledge of applications of boilers such as residential and commercial
C-7.01.03
knowledge of sequence of assembly
C-7.01.04
knowledge of boiler components
C-7.01.05
ability to join sections of boilers
C-7.01.06
ability to fasten jacket
C-7.01.07
ability to apply sealants
C-7.01.08
ability to install boiler components such as aquastat well, controls and boiler
drain
Sub-task
C-7.02
NL
yes
Installs hydronic distribution system.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
C-7.02.01
knowledge of types of distribution systems such as radiant floor, cast iron
and fin tube convector
C-7.02.02
knowledge of piping and tubing materials
C-7.02.03
knowledge of piping and tubing size
C-7.02.04
knowledge of relevant plumbing codes
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C-7.02.05
ability to prepare rough-in to accept distribution systems
C-7.02.06
ability to install fasteners and supports
C-7.02.07
ability to join and fit piping and fittings using methods such as crimping,
soldering, threading and using compression fittings
C-7.02.08
ability to fasten piping and tubing
Sub-task
C-7.03
NL
yes
Installs indirect water heater.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
C-7.03.01
knowledge of types of indirect water heaters such as stainless steel and glass
lined heaters
C-7.03.02
knowledge of relevant sections of plumbing and electrical codes
C-7.03.03
knowledge of water requirements of building occupants
C-7.03.04
ability to level heater
C-7.03.05
ability to wire heater
C-7.03.06
ability to connect heater to appliance
C-7.03.07
ability to install heater components such as circulating pump, check valves
and temperature controls
Sub-task
C-7.04
NL
yes
Installs oil-fired water heater.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
C-7.04.01
knowledge of water heater components such as venting, controls, drains,
vacuum relief valves, pressure reducing valves and anti-scald valves
C-7.04.02
knowledge of water heater sizes
C-7.04.03
knowledge of types of burners
C-7.04.04
knowledge of flooring materials
C-7.04.05
knowledge of manufacturers’ specifications and recommendations
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NU
NV
C-7.04.06
ability to size burner
C-7.04.07
ability to install components such as burners
C-7.04.08
ability to connect appliance to fuel, electrical and water supply
C-7.04.09
ability to connect to distribution system
C-7.04.10
ability to level heater
Sub-task
C-7.05
NL
yes
Installs hydronic heating system components.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
C-7.05.01
knowledge of hydronic heating system components such as expansion tanks,
air scoops and backflow preventers
C-7.05.02
knowledge of types of valves
C-7.05.03
knowledge of low-water cut-offs
C-7.05.04
ability to locate and fasten components
C-7.05.05
ability to join components using methods such as crimping, expanding,
soldering and threading
C-7.05.06
ability to seal components
C-7.05.07
ability to connect components to electrical supply
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BLOCK D
VENTING, COMBUSTION AND MAKE-UP AIR
Trends
Balanced flues are becoming more predominant. Equipment is
becoming more efficient resulting in lower stack temperatures. Building
envelopes are becoming tighter requiring a more in-depth knowledge
of air supply and venting. Due to lower stack temperature and new
building design and construction, new venting materials are entering
the marketplace.
Related
Components
Sealants, ductwork and piping, insulation, fasteners, liners, chimney
(pre-fab), direct vents, bricks, grilles, hoods, caps, dampers, fans,
controls, wiring, construction material, heater (pre-heat).
Tools and
Equipment
Hand tools, power tools, powder-actuated tools, hoisting, lifting and
rigging equipment, measuring and testing equipment, PPE and safety
equipment.
Task 8
Selects venting system.
Venting systems convey products of combustion safely outside.
Context
Sub-task
D-8.01
NL
yes
Selects venting system.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
D-8.01.01
knowledge of types of venting systems such as chimney, balanced flue and
mechanical
D-8.01.02
knowledge of relevant sections of codes such as building, plumbing, electrical
and safety codes
D-8.01.03
knowledge of manufacturers’ specifications
D-8.01.04
knowledge of chimney construction
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D-8.01.05
ability to measure clearances
D-8.01.06
ability to calculate capacities
Sub-task
D-8.02
NL
yes
Prepares location for termination.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
D-8.02.01
knowledge of building construction
D-8.02.02
knowledge of relevant sections of codes such as building, plumbing, electrical
and safety codes
D-8.02.03
knowledge of material characteristics
D-8.02.04
knowledge of manufacturers’ specifications
D-8.02.05
knowledge of outside influences such as trees, dust and snow
D-8.02.06
knowledge of regional conditions
D-8.02.07
ability to measure clearances
D-8.02.08
ability to perform basic carpentry
D-8.02.09
ability to visualize layout of system
D-8.02.10
ability to perform basic masonry
D-8.02.11
ability to remove liners
Sub-task
D-8.03
NL
yes
Installs venting components.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
D-8.03.01
knowledge of types of venting components and liners
D-8.03.02
knowledge of manufacturers’ specifications
D-8.03.03
knowledge of types of sealants
D-8.03.04
knowledge of types of fasteners and supports
D-8.03.05
ability to assemble components
D-8.03.06
ability to apply sealants
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NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
D-8.03.07
ability to fasten and secure venting and components
D-8.03.08
ability to install liners
D-8.03.09
ability to perform basic masonry
Sub-task
D-8.04
NL
yes
Secures venting system to structure.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
D-8.04.01
knowledge of types of fasteners and supports
D-8.04.02
knowledge of manufacturers’ specifications
D-8.04.03
knowledge of relevant sections of codes such as building, plumbing, electrical
and safety codes
D-8.04.04
ability to measure support points
D-8.04.05
ability to fasten venting system to structure
D-8.04.06
ability to apply sealants
D-8.04.07
ability to perform basic masonry
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Task 9
Installs equipment and components for combustion air and
make-up air.
Equipment supplies adequate air for combustion and make-up air and
to maintain balanced pressure in the mechanical room.
Context
Sub-task
D-9.01
NL
yes
Selects equipment and components.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
D-9.01.01
knowledge of appliances such as water heater and forced air furnace
D-9.01.02
knowledge of components such as fans, ducts and grilles
D-9.01.03
knowledge of appliance capacities
D-9.01.04
knowledge of relevant sections of codes such as building, plumbing, electrical
and safety codes
D-9.01.05
ability to measure clearances
D-9.01.06
ability to calculate size
D-9.01.07
ability to determine location of intakes for combustion air and make-up air
Sub-task
D-9.02
NL
yes
Prepares location of equipment and components for combustion air
and make-up air.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
D-9.02.01
knowledge of building construction
D-9.02.02
knowledge of relevant sections of codes such as building, plumbing, electrical
and safety codes
D-9.02.03
knowledge of manufacturers’ specifications
D-9.02.04
knowledge of material characteristics
D-9.02.05
knowledge of outside influences such as trees, dust and snow
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D-9.02.06
knowledge of regional conditions
D-9.02.07
ability to perform basic carpentry
D-9.02.08
ability to measure clearances
D-9.02.09
ability to visualize layout of system
Sub-task
D-9.03
NL
yes
Assembles equipment and components.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
D-9.03.01
knowledge of equipment and components
D-9.03.02
knowledge of manufacturers’ specifications
D-9.03.03
knowledge of types of sealants
D-9.03.04
ability to apply sealants
D-9.03.05
ability to connect components
Sub-task
D-9.04
NL
yes
Secures equipment and components to structure.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
D-9.04.01
knowledge of fasteners and supports
D-9.04.02
knowledge of manufacturers’ specifications
D-9.04.03
knowledge of relevant sections of codes such as building, plumbing, electrical
and safety codes
D-9.04.04
ability to measure spacing for fasteners and supports
D-9.04.05
ability to fasten equipment and components to structure
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BLOCK E
ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS
Trends
Electro-mechanical controls are still in common use; however, there is a
move towards electronic controls such as thermostats, relays and
primary controls. There is an increased use of Electronically
Commutated Motors (ECM) and EMS such as programmable
thermostats, as they are more efficient. Variable speed drive motors
permit greater comfort, energy savings and reduced noise.
Related
Components
Controls (thermostat, aquastat and mixing), loads (motors, transformers
and damper motors), sealants, fasteners, fans, wiring, interlocks,
switches.
Tools and
Equipment
Hand tools, power tools, powder-actuated tools, measuring and testing
equipment, PPE and safety equipment.
Task 10
Installs electrical and electronic systems.
Electrical and electronic systems are more user-friendly. They save fuel,
work more efficiently and quietly, require less maintenance and provide
increased comfort.
Context
Sub-task
E-10.01
NL
yes
Selects controls and components.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
E-10.01.01
knowledge of types of controls
E-10.01.02
knowledge of types of loads
E-10.01.03
knowledge of sequence of operation of controls
E-10.01.04
knowledge of application of controls and components
E-10.01.05
knowledge of relevant sections of codes such as building, plumbing, electrical
and safety codes
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E-10.01.06
knowledge of basic electronic theory as it relates to system components such
as electronic controls, ECM and hydronic mixing controls
E-10.01.07
knowledge of basic electrical principles as they relate to system operation
E-10.01.08
ability to understand the system and its design
Sub-task
E-10.02
NL
yes
Selects location of controls and components.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
E-10.02.01
knowledge of positioning of controls, loads and wiring
E-10.02.02
knowledge of manufacturers’ specifications
E-10.02.03
knowledge of relevant sections of electrical, building and oil codes
E-10.02.04
ability to position controls, loads and wiring
E-10.02.05
ability to measure distances
E-10.02.06
ability to recognize physical and environmental limitations of controls and
loads
Sub-task
E-10.03
NL
yes
Installs controls and components.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
E-10.03.01
knowledge of fasteners and supports
E-10.03.02
knowledge of manufacturers’ specifications
E-10.03.03
knowledge of relevant sections of codes such as building, plumbing, electrical
and safety codes
E-10.03.04
knowledge of basic carpentry skills
E-10.03.05
ability to install wire
E-10.03.06
ability to follow wiring diagram
E-10.03.07
ability to fasten controls and components
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Task 11
Tests electrical and electronic systems.
Oil heat system technicians are responsible for testing related electrical
and electronic systems for safety and functionality.
Context
Sub-task
E-11.01
NL
yes
Cycles appliance controls.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
E-11.01.01
knowledge of operation of controls
E-11.01.02
knowledge of sequence of operation of system
E-11.01.03
ability to operate appliance controls
Sub-task
E-11.02
NL
yes
Checks operating and safety controls.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
E-11.02.01
knowledge of system operation
E-11.02.02
knowledge of circuits
E-11.02.03
knowledge of set points
E-11.02.04
ability to override operating components to verify safety controls
E-11.02.05
ability to trace circuits
E-11.02.06
ability to verify that controls operate to system specifications through full
cycle
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Sub-task
E-11.03
NL
yes
Checks accessories and components.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
E-11.03.01
knowledge of types of accessories such as zone valves, booster pumps and air
cleaning devices
E-11.03.02
knowledge of types of components such as circulators, blower motors and
burners
E-11.03.03
knowledge of system operation
E-11.03.04
knowledge of circuits
E-11.03.05
ability to use multi-meters and diagnostic equipment
E-11.03.06
ability to test circuits, accessories and components
E-11.03.07
ability to interpret readings
E-11.03.08
ability to verify that circuits, accessories and components operate to system
specifications through full cycle
Sub-task
E-11.04
NL
yes
Sets up operating parameters.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
E-11.04.01
knowledge of system specifications
E-11.04.02
knowledge of operating controls such as thermostat, aquastat and fan control
E-11.04.03
ability to adjust controls
E-11.04.04
ability to adjust equipment and components to meet system design
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BLOCK F
MAINTENANCE, DIAGNOSIS, REPAIR AND
REMOVAL
Trends
There are more complex systems requiring technical repair skills. New
equipment is environmentally friendly and longer lasting. There are
stricter regulations regarding the disposal of waste goods.
Related
Components
All appliances and components apply.
Tools and
Equipment
See Appendix A.
Task 12
Maintains oil-fired heating systems and components.
Maintenance of oil-fired systems helps to ensure that the system
operates safely, efficiently and economically. These systems include all
oil-fired appliances as well as portable heating equipment.
Context
Sub-task
F-12.01
NL
yes
Checks oil-fired heating system and components.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
F-12.01.01
knowledge of equipment and its operation
F-12.01.02
knowledge of service history
F-12.01.03
ability to determine condition of equipment
F-12.01.04
ability to identify potential problem areas
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BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Sub-task
F-12.02
NL
yes
Cleans components.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
F-12.02.01
knowledge of cleaning methods such as vacuuming, flushing and washing
F-12.02.02
knowledge of cleaning materials
F-12.02.03
ability to drain and recharge expansion tanks
F-12.02.04
ability to clean distribution fan
F-12.02.05
ability to clean burner components
F-12.02.06
ability to clean exhaust components such as sidewall vents, direct vents,
smoke pipe and chimneys
F-12.02.07
ability to set or adjust temperature and pressure controls
Sub-task
F-12.03
NL
yes
Changes preventative maintenance components.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
F-12.03.01
knowledge of types of preventative maintenance components such as
nozzles, oil filters, air filters, fan belts and gaskets
F-12.03.02
knowledge of component specifications
F-12.03.03
ability to access components
F-12.03.04
ability to install new components
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NU
NV
Sub-task
F-12.04
NL
yes
Lubricates moving components.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
F-12.04.01
knowledge of types of lubricants
F-12.04.02
knowledge of lubrication requirements such as frequency, locations and
amount of lubricant
F-12.04.03
ability to apply lubricant
Task 13
Diagnoses oil-fired heating systems and components.
Oil heat system technicians must be familiar with diagnostic techniques
to enable safe, economical and efficient repairs.
Context
Sub-task
F-13.01
NL
yes
Checks for electrical problems.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
F-13.01.01
knowledge of sequence of operation
F-13.01.02
knowledge of basic electrical principles
F-13.01.03
knowledge of electrical testing procedures
F-13.01.04
ability to interpret component schematics
F-13.01.05
ability to check for polarity
F-13.01.06
ability to check for continuity
F-13.01.07
ability to check voltage
F-13.01.08
ability to check amperage
F-13.01.09
ability to check resistance
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AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Sub-task
F-13.02
NL
yes
Checks for burner problems.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
F-13.02.01
knowledge of burner operation
F-13.02.02
knowledge of burner components
F-13.02.03
knowledge of safety features such as primary controls and flame sensors
F-13.02.04
knowledge of combustion testing procedures
F-13.02.05
ability to check fuel supply
F-13.02.06
ability to check ignition
F-13.02.07
ability to check flame
F-13.02.08
ability to check safety features
Sub-task
F-13.03
NL
yes
Checks for distribution problems.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
F-13.03.01
knowledge of distribution systems and components
F-13.03.02
knowledge of distribution problems such as no heat, insufficient heat and
excessive heat
F-13.03.03
knowledge of testing procedures
F-13.03.04
ability to isolate source of problem
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Sub-task
F-13.04
NL
yes
Checks for problems with combustion air and make-up air.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
F-13.04.01
knowledge of combustion air and make-up air requirements
F-13.04.02
knowledge of building alterations
F-13.04.03
knowledge of testing procedures
F-13.04.04
ability to check for blockages
F-13.04.05
ability to check pressure differential
Task 14
Repairs oil-fired heating systems and components.
Oil heat system technicians repair oil-fired heating systems and
components in order to return the system to its correct and safe
operation.
Context
Sub-task
F-14.01
NL
yes
Corrects electrical problems.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
F-14.01.01
knowledge of basic electrical principles
F-14.01.02
knowledge of relevant sections of electrical codes
F-14.01.03
ability to interpret component schematics
F-14.01.04
ability to lock out equipment
F-14.01.05
ability to reset switches and breakers
F-14.01.06
ability to replace defective electrical components
F-14.01.07
ability to repair damaged wires and terminals
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BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Sub-task
F-14.02
NL
yes
Corrects burner problems.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
F-14.02.01
knowledge of burner operation
F-14.02.02
knowledge of burner components
F-14.02.03
knowledge of safety features
F-14.02.04
ability to interpret component schematics
F-14.02.05
ability to repair and replace defective burner components
F-14.02.06
ability to set operating parameters
F-14.02.07
ability to reset burner components
Sub-task
F-14.03
NL
yes
Corrects distribution problems.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
F-14.03.01
knowledge of distribution systems and components
F-14.03.02
knowledge of building alterations
F-14.03.03
ability to interpret component schematics
F-14.03.04
ability to repair and replace defective distribution components
F-14.03.05
ability to purge hydronic distribution system
F-14.03.06
ability to realign and adjust drive belts and pulleys
F-14.03.07
ability to set operating parameters
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Task 15
Removes appliances and components.
Unsafe, inefficient and defective appliances and components are
removed by oil heat system technicians. Proper storage and disposal of
waste products and components is imperative.
Context
Sub-task
F-15.01
NL
yes
Decommissions appliances and components.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
NU
NV
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
F-15.01.01
knowledge of WHMIS
F-15.01.02
knowledge of material handling hazards
F-15.01.03
ability to identify waste products such as fuel tanks, oil, glycol, mercury,
heavy metals, asbestos and contaminated soil
F-15.01.04
ability to identify products that can be recycled
F-15.01.05
ability to disconnect utilities
F-15.01.06
ability to drain system
F-15.01.07
ability to seal breeches
F-15.01.08
ability to strap ductwork and piping
F-15.01.09
ability to disassemble appliance
Sub-task
F-15.02
NL
yes
Disposes of waste products.
NS
yes
PE
yes
NB
yes
QC
ND
ON
ND
MB
ND
SK
ND
AB
ND
BC
NV
NT
yes
YT
yes
Supporting Knowledge & Abilities
F-15.02.01
knowledge of jurisdictional guidelines and requirements for storage and
disposal of removed components
F-15.02.02
knowledge of containment systems
F-15.02.03
knowledge of WHMIS
F-15.02.04
knowledge of TDG regulations and signage
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NU
NV
F-15.02.05
knowledge of local resources for disposal such as environmental agencies,
coast guard and certified disposal companies
F-15.02.06
ability to handle waste products and containers
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APPENDICES
APPENDIX A
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Hand Tools
adjustable pliers
adjustable wrenches
alignment bars
Allen wrenches
aviation snips
ball-peen hammer
box-end wrenches
burner brush
caulking gun
chipping hammer
claw hammer
combination wrenches
copper tube cutter
duct folder
duct stretcher
easy out
expanding tool
flame mirror
flaring tool
flashlight
folding pliers
grease gun
hacksaw
hand hole saw
levels
linesman pliers
locking pliers
needle nose pliers
nozzle wrenches
nut drivers
oil filter wrenches
open end wrenches
pipe wrenches
plastic pipe crimper
plastic pipe cutter
plumb-bob
porcelain cutter
pry bars
pullers
reamers
scraper
screwdrivers
sheet metal crimper
sheet metal hammer
side cutters
socket wrenches
steel pipe cutters
steel pipe reamers
square
tap and die sets
torque screwdrivers
torque wrenches
trouble light
trowels
tube benders
tube reamers
utility knife
wire crimpers
wire strippers
Power Tools
circular saw
compaction equipment
compressed air equipment
cut-off saw
electrical or battery operated drill
hammer drill
powder actuated tools
power grinder
power nibbler
power pipe threaders
pressure washer
reciprocating saw
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jigsaw
masonry cutting tool
vacuum cleaner
Measuring and Testing Equipment
ammeters
anemometer
calculator
calliper gauge
callipers
CO analyzer
CO 2 testing equipment
control component tester
draft testing equipment
flame signal meter
heat gun
hygrometer
magnehelic gauge
manometer
measuring tape
megohmmeter
multimeter
O 2 testing equipment
potentiometer
pressure gauges
pyrometer
sling psychrometer
smoke testing equipment
stud sensor
temperature testing equipment
test lamp
T-gauges
ultrasound
vacuum gauges
velocity meters
Hoisting, Lifting and Rigging Equipment
chain falls
come-alongs
hand cart
hydraulic jack
ladder
rigging equipment
scaffolding
scissor lift
Soldering, Flaring and Threading Equipment
cutting torches
magnetic patches
manual pipe threader
soldering torch
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Safety Equipment
dust masks
ear plugs
face shields
fall arrest equipment
fire extinguishers
first aid kit
gas detection devices
gloves
hard hats
pylon
respirator
safety boots
safety glasses
safety tape
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Business and Communication Equipment
adding machine
computers
cell phones
digital cameras
electronic messaging device
fax machine
photocopier
printer
video cameras
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APPENDIX B
GLOSSARY
appliance
a device to convert fuel into energy, and including all components,
controls, wiring, and piping required as part of the device by the
applicable standard
boiler
an appliance intended to supply hot water or steam for space heating,
processing or power purposes
burner
a device or group of devices forming an integral unit for the
introduction of fuel, with or without air or oxygen, into the
combustion zone for ignition
chimney
a primarily vertical shaft enclosing at least one vent for conducting
flue gases to the outside atmosphere
combustion air
the air required for satisfactory combustion of fuel, including excess
air
component
an essential part of an appliance that may be certified separately from
the appliance
damper
a movable plate or valve for regulating the flow of air or flue gas
de-aerators
a device used for the removal of oxygen and other
dissolved gases from the boiler feed water
decommission
take out of service, dismantle and make safe
dump zone
safety bypass that diverts the excess temperature and pressure in the
heating system
forced air furnace
a furnace equipped with a blower which provides the primary means
for circulation of air (refer to furnace)
fuel oil
kerosene or any hydrocarbon oil as classified in CSA Standard B140.0,
General Requirements for Oil Burning Equipment
furnace
a space-heating appliance, using warm air as the heating medium,
and usually having provision for the attachment of ducts
heat exchanger
the firebox and any auxiliary heat transfer surfaces within the casing
of an appliance
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ignition
establishment of a flame
incinerator
an appliance in which combustible wastes are ignited and burned
indirect water heater
a water heater which derives its heat from a heating medium such as
warm air, steam or hot water
limit control
a safety control intended to prevent unsafe conditions of temperature,
pressure or liquid level
make-up air
fresh air that is introduced to the furnace room to replace air that has
been exhausted
manual damper
an adjustable damper manually set and locked in the desired position
piping
the fuel conduits of circular cross section that are of sufficient wall
thickness and or suitable outside diameter for threading to Iron Pipe
Size (IPS) Standards, and that are specified by nominal inside
diameter (ID)
plenum
a chamber for distributing warm air from a furnace to the supply
ducts (supply plenum), or for receiving air to be heated by the
furnace (return plenum)
retrofit
to replace an obsolete or defective component for the purpose of
updating the heating system
safety control
an automatic control of a safety control system that is intended to
automatically prevent unsafe operation of the controlled equipment,
and may include relays, switches and other auxiliary equipment and
interconnecting circuitry
storage tank
a tank for the storage of fuel and from which the fuel-burning
equipment is not intended to be fed automatically
tubing
fuel conduits of circular cross section that are not of sufficient wall
thickness or of suitable outside diameter to permit threading to Iron
Pipe Size (IPS) Standards, and are specified by outside diameter (OD)
valve
a device by which the flow of a fluid may be started, stopped or
regulated by a movable part which opens or obstructs passage
vent
an enclosed passageway for conveying flue gases
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venting
the removal of flue gases or vent gases to the outside air by means of
building openings or venting systems
venting system
a system for the removal of flue gases or vent gases to the outside air
by means of vent connectors, chimneys, gas vents or exhaust systems,
natural or mechanical
water heater
an appliance intended for the heating of water for plumbing services
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APPENDIX C
ACRONYMS
COHA
Canadian Oil Heat Association
ECM
Electronically Commutated Motors
EMS
energy management system
HVAC
heating, ventilation and air conditioning
ID
inside diameter
IPS
Iron Pipe Size
OD
outside diameter
OH&S
Occupational Health and Safety
PPE
personal protective equipment
TDG
Transportation of Dangerous Goods
WHMIS
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
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APPENDIX D
BLOCK A
%
BLOCK AND TASK WEIGHTING
COMMON OCCUPATIONAL SKILLS
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
6
5
5
7 ND ND ND ND ND NV 5
10 NV
Task 1
%
National
Average
17%
Installs fuel storage tanks.
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
% 50 50 45 30 ND ND ND ND ND NV 40 50 NV
Task 4
45%
FUEL SUPPLY AND STORAGE SYSTEMS
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
16 13 25 15 ND ND ND ND ND NV 15 15 NV
Task 3
55%
Organizes work.
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
% 21 70 30 35 ND ND ND ND ND NV 60 55 NV
BLOCK B
6%
Uses tools and equipment.
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
% 79 30 70 65 ND ND ND ND ND NV 40 45 NV
Task 2
National
Average
44%
Installs fuel supply system.
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
% 50 50 55 70 ND ND ND ND ND NV 60 50 NV
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56%
BLOCK C
OIL-FIRED HEATING SYSTEMS
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
% 25 25 20 19 ND ND ND ND ND NV 30 25 NV
Task 5
%
National
Average
15%
Installs venting systems.
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
% 46 60 45 53 ND ND ND ND ND NV 60 55 NV
Task 9
49%
VENTING, COMBUSTION AIR AND MAKE-UP AIR
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
10 12 15 15 ND ND ND ND ND NV 20 20 NV
Task 8
34%
Installs hydronic heating systems.
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
% 47 55 50 50 ND ND ND ND ND NV 60 30 NV
BLOCK D
17%
Installs forced-air heating systems.
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
% 35 35 30 30 ND ND ND ND ND NV 30 45 NV
Task 7
24%
Installs and retrofits oil-fired and wood/oil appliances and
components.
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
% 18 10 20 20 ND ND ND ND ND NV 10 25 NV
Task 6
National
Average
53%
Installs equipment and components for combustion air and
make-up air.
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
% 54 40 55 47 ND ND ND ND ND NV 40 45 NV
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47%
BLOCK E
ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
% 25 20 15 22 ND ND ND ND ND NV 20 10 NV
National
Average
19%
Task 10 Installs electrical and electronic systems.
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
% 46 50 70 50 ND ND ND ND ND NV 40 40 NV
49%
Task 11 Tests electrical and electronic systems.
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
% 54 50 30 50 ND ND ND ND ND NV 60 60 NV
BLOCK F
51%
MAINTENANCE, DIAGNOSIS, REPAIR AND REMOVAL
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
% 18 25 20 22 ND ND ND ND ND NV 10 20 NV
National
Average
19%
Task 12 Maintains oil-fired heating systems and components.
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
% 19 30 20 21 ND ND ND ND ND NV 10 25 NV
21%
Task 13 Diagnoses oil-fired heating systems and components.
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
% 39 30 35 40 ND ND ND ND ND NV 60 35 NV
40%
Task 14 Repairs oil-fired heating systems and components.
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
% 31 30 35 29 ND ND ND ND ND NV 20 30 NV
Task 15 Removes appliances and components.
NL NS PE NB QC ON MB SK AB BC NT YT NU
% 11 10 10 10 ND ND ND ND ND NV 10 10 NV
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29%
10%
APPENDIX E
PIE CHART*
A
6%
F
19%
E
19%
B
17%
C
24%
D
15%
TITLES OF BLOCKS
BLOCK A
Common Occupational
Skills
BLOCK D
Venting, Combustion Air and
Make-up Air
BLOCK B
Fuel Supply and Storage
Systems
BLOCK E
Electrical/Electronic Systems
BLOCK C
Oil-Fired Heating Systems
BLOCK F
Maintenance, Diagnosis, Repair and
Removal
*Average percentage of the total number of questions on an interprovincial examination,
assigned to assess each block of the analysis, as derived from the collective input from
workers within the occupation from all areas of Canada. Interprovincial examinations
typically have from 100 to 150 multiple-choice questions.
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APPENDIX F
BLOCKS
A – COMMON
OCCUPATIONAL
SKILLS
TASKS
1. Uses tools and
equipment.
2. Organizes
work.
B – FUEL SUPPLY
AND STORAGE
SYSTEMS
TASK PROFILE CHART —
Oil Heat System Technician
3. Installs fuel
storage tanks.
SUB-TASKS
1.01 Uses hand
tools.
1.02 Uses power
tools.
1.03 Uses powderactuated tools.
(NOT COMMON
CORE)
1.06 Uses ladders
and platforms.
1.07 Uses
soldering, flaring
and threading
tools.
1.08 Uses personal
protective
equipment (PPE)
and safety
equipment.
2.01
Communicates
with others.
2.02 Maintains
clean and safe
work
environment.
2.03 Interprets
codes and
documentation.
2.06 Performs
basic distribution
layout.
2.07 Organizes
material and
components.
2.08 Commissions
appliances and
components.
3.01 Selects fuel
storage tanks.
3.02 Determines
fuel storage tank
location.
3.03 Prepares
location for fuel
storage tanks.
3.06 Installs fill
and vent pipes.
4. Installs fuel
supply system.
4.01 Selects fuel
supply
components.
4.02 Installs fuel
supply
components.
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1.04 Uses
measuring and
testing
equipment.
1.05 Uses hoisting,
lifting and rigging
equipment.
2.04 Completes
documentation.
2.05 Interprets
drawings.
3.04 Positions fuel
storage tanks.
3.05 Installs fuel
storage tank
components.
BLOCKS
C – OIL-FIRED
HEATING SYSTEMS
D – VENTING,
COMBUSTION AIR
AND MAKE-UP AIR
E – ELECTRICAL/
ELECTRONIC
SYSTEMS
TASKS
5. Installs and
retrofits oil-fired
and wood/oil
appliances and
components.
SUB-TASKS
5.01 Selects
appliances.
5.02 Positions
appliances.
5.03 Installs
components on
appliance.
5.04 Connects fuel
supply to
appliance.
5.05 Connects
electrical supply
to appliance.
5.06 Connects
vent/exhaust
piping to
appliance.
5.07 Installs dump
zones for
wood/oil systems.
5.08 Connects
drain to
appliance.
6. Installs forcedair heating
systems.
6.01 Assembles
ductwork.
6.02 Installs
ductwork.
7. Installs
hydronic heating
systems.
7.01 Assembles
boilers.
7.02 Installs
hydronic
distribution
system.
7.03 Installs
indirect water.
7.04 Installs oilfired water heater.
7.05 Installs
hydronic heating
system
components.
8. Installs venting
systems.
8.01 Selects
venting system.
8.02 Prepares
locations for
termination.
8.03 Installs
venting
components.
8.04 Secures
venting system to
structure.
9. Installs
equipment and
components for
combustion air
and make-up air.
9.01 Selects
equipment and
components.
9.02 Prepares
location for
equipment and
components for
combustion air
and make-up air.
9.03 Assembles
equipment and
components.
9.04 Secures
equipment and
components to
structure.
10. Installs
electrical and
electronic
systems.
10.01 Selects
controls and
components.
10.02 Selects
location of
controls and
components.
10.03 Installs
controls and
components.
11. Tests electrical
and electronic
systems.
11.01 Cycles
appliance
controls.
11.02 Checks
operating and
safety controls.
11.03 Checks
accessories and
components.
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11.04 Sets up
operating
parameters.
BLOCKS
F – MAINTENANCE,
DIAGNOSIS,
REPAIR AND
REMOVAL
TASKS
SUB-TASKS
12. Maintains oilfired heating
systems and
components.
12.01 Checks oilfired heating
system and
components.
12.02 Cleans
components.
12.03 Changes
preventative
maintenance
components.
12.04 Lubricates
moving
components.
13. Diagnoses oilfired heating
systems and
components.
13.01 Checks for
electrical
problems.
13.02 Checks for
burner problems.
13.03 Checks for
distribution
problems.
13.04 Checks for
problems with
combustion air
and make-up air.
14. Repairs oilfired heating
systems and
components.
14.01 Corrects
electrical
problems.
14.02 Corrects
burner problems.
14.03 Corrects
distribution
problems.
15. Removes
appliances and
components.
15.01
Decommissions
appliances and
components.
15.02 Disposes of
waste products.
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