Fuels Technician

CampusStart Date
Saint JohnSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Fuels Technicians are in charge of detailed operations. You'll learn how to install, operate, maintain, inspect and repair systems related to the distribution or consumption of natural gas, propane or oil. This program will provide you with the necessary instruction and practical experience to challenge the G2, G2-L (Liquid Propane Endorsement) Gas License and OBM Block 1 (Oil Burner Mechanic). Fuels Technicians inject safe and reliable expertise into the booming energy sector.


Duration

The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two (2) academic years of full-time study.
 


Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency

    (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)


    Career Possibilities

    Graduates of this program may be employed as fuel technicians for a variety of employers involved with the inspection, installation, service, repair and maintenance of equipment and supplies utilized in the gas industry for the distribution or consumption of natural gas or propane.

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    NOC Codes

    7253 - Gas fitters
    7331 - Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics


    What you will learn

    • Workplace Safety
    • Tools, Fasteners, and Rigging
    • Electrical Systems
    • Health and Safety
    • Mathematics
    • Communications
    • Physics
    • Piping and Tubing Systems
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Combustion and Ventilation
    • Fuel Sources
    • Fuel Distribution
    • Fuel Storage
    • Fuel Appliances
    • Hydronic Heating & Systems
    • Forced Air Heating
    • Controls
    • Codes and Manuals
    • Air Handling
    • Liquid Propane Endorsement
    • Work Practicum


    Program Courses

    This year's courses are still under development. Showing 2017's courses for reference.

    This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with series and parallel circuits.

    Prerequisites:

      This course is designed to provide learners with knowledge of the key components of a building system, the interrelationship between these components and the code stipulations pertaining to them. Students are taught the common types of building construction, the mechanical and environmental factors that influence construction, as well as conservation methods and techniques. They learn the principles and relationships of heat, moisture and air flow and how to minimize the negative impacts of these on a building.

      This course introduces the trainee to the fundamental concepts of electricity including basic wire diagrams for simple electrical circuits.

      Prerequisites:

      • SECU1194G

      This course provides learners with the knowledge and skill to diagnose and correct electrical faults in commercial fuel-fired appliances. These include such appliances as direct-fired make-up air heaters and high-intensity infrared heaters. Students are taught the basic operation, electronics and electrical sequencing of commercial appliances; the tools and techniques with which to produce and/or interpret electrical symbols and drawings; as well as the means by which to diagnose and correct a fault. They are taught this with personal and public safety as being of utmost importance in this process.

      Prerequisites:

      • EFAE1036D
      • BEEB1093
      • SECU1194G

      This course provides learners with knowledge and skill in the correct and safe assembly of fuels-related piping systems. Students are taught the standard types of piping and fittings used in the fuels industry, their properties, applications and assembly methods. They are also taught the requirements, allowances and codes that pertain to piping systems and their components.

      Prerequisites:

      • SECU1194G

      This course provides learners with knowledge of the range of hand and power tools, equipment, fasteners and riggings used in the fuels industry. Students are taught the correct use and maintenance tools and equipment as well as the safe installation of riggings and fastening systems. These elements are taught with safe work practices as a key priority.

      Prerequisites:

      • SECU1194G

      This course provides students with knowledge of fuels safety, properties and codes. Students learn how fuel gases are safely converted into efficient sources of energy, how this energy is produced and how much energy is produced. They also learn of the agencies that govern fuels installations as well as the codes, acts and regulations which must be adhered to ensure safe installation and service.

      This course provides learners with knowledge and skill in the correct and safe installation of a fuels distribution system. Students are taught the components of distribution systems as well as the requirements, allowances and codes that pertain to these components. In addition to installation, students are also taught the purging and testing of these systems.

      This course provides students with knowledge and skill in the installation, servicing and maintenance of domestic fuel-fired appliances. Correct installation of fuel appliances is necessary to guarantee safe and efficient operation of that appliance. As a Fuels Technician, it is critical you understand the significance of manufacturer installation instructions as well as code requirements. It is crucial for the installer to select the correct appliance for the application, understand all requirements for installation of the appliance and cross reference these with code stipulations.

      This course provides learners the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the academic setting to a workplace environment. Under the supervision of a host agency, students work at a level commensurate with their knowledge and abilities at this stage of their academic development. Students are assigned a practicum supervisor with whom they meet during their placement and to whom they submit a written report outlining their practicum experience.


      Work hours may vary, depending on the work location and students are expected to supply the necessary protective equipment.

      This course provides students with knowledge and skill in the installation and servicing of fuel-fired Hydronic appliances. These include water heaters, combination systems, boilers and pool heaters as well as their distribution and control systems. Students are taught the distinction between the components and operation of indirect and direct fired Hydronic appliances as well as the purpose and function of their controls. They are also taught the factors to take into consideration when sizing and locating the appliance and the procedures for correct installation, removal, testing and maintenance.

      This course provides learners the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the academic setting to a workplace environment. Under the supervision of a host agency, students work at a level commensurate with their knowledge and abilities at this stage of their academic development. Students are assigned a practicum supervisor with whom they meet during their placement and to whom they submit a written report outlining their practicum experience.

      Work hours may vary, depending on the work location and students are expected to supply the necessary protective equipment.

      This course provides learners with knowledge of the troubleshooting of controls and control systems. Students are taught the fundamentals of controls and control systems, how they work, where they are applied and how they interact with other controls.

      This course provides students with knowledge and skill in the installation, servicing, testing and operating of fuel pumping systems.

      This course provides learners with knowledge and skill in the installation and servicing of forced air appliances and their system components. It educates students on the code requirements pertaining to forced air appliances, venting/ducting systems, air handling parts and the factors which must be taken into account when installing these. Students are taught the selection, installation and maintenance of forced air add-on devices such as air filters, cleaners, humidifiers and cooling coils. They are also taught the properties of air and air movement, heat gain or loss and how these influence the designing of an air system.

      This course is designed to provide learners with knowledge of how combustion and ventilation impact the effectiveness of fuel-fired equipment. Students are taught combustion, its process and products as well as incomplete combustion, its causes and dangers. They learn the significance of fuel/air ratio and the amount of combustion air required for a particular system. They are taught the purpose and effects of draft and the conditions needed to maintain adequate draft. It explains the operation and application of venting systems and the CSA codes that pertain to these. This knowledge is taught in preparation for the Combustion and Ventilation - Applied course whereby students analyze combustion and ventilation to optimize the effectiveness of fuel-fired equipment.

      This course is designed to provide learners with the tools and techniques used to analyze combustion and ventilation in order to optimize the effectiveness of fuel-fired equipment. Students are taught how combustion and ventilation is measured, the tools with which to do it, the components of the resulting readings and how to make the correct adjustments to meet certified specifications and codes. Analysis readings include: air, fuel, stack temperature (gross and net), parts per million (PPM) and excess/ambient/total air. Students are also taught how to convert fuel-fired equipment.

      Prerequisites:

      • FUEL1011A

      This course provides learners the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the academic setting to a workplace environment. Under the supervision of a host agency, students work at a level commensurate with their knowledge and abilities at this stage of their academic development. Students are assigned a practicum supervisor with whom they meet during their placement and to whom they submit a written report outlining their practicum experience.

      Work hours may vary, depending on the work location and students are expected to supply the necessary protective equipment.
       

      This course is designed to introduce trade specific mathematical problems that will be encountered when working on the job, in order to develop the skills necessary to solve workplace problems in piping systems.

      The purpose of this course is to refresh skills in mathematics developed through secondary programs in areas deemed essential for the successful completion of the program. Although the topics covered in this course are common to any math program, every effort is made to illustrate their usage in the trades’ professions.

      This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

      In this course, students focus on applying communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, document use, and critical thinking to make occupation-specific communication effective and efficient while developing computer-related skills necessary to be successful in college and on the job.
       
       

      In this course, students focus on acquiring job search skills to gain a work-term placement as well as employment while also, developing interpersonal communication skills needed to grow their career.
       

      Students are enabled to apply physical and physics concepts to the field of Mechanical Trades in an applied fashion at an intermediate level.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1208

      This course provides learners with knowledge and skill in the installation and maintenance of liquid propane systems and their associated components. Students learn the properties of propane, how it is stored and contained, as well as its safe handling. They are taught the systems and methods of propane transfer and how to correctly assemble these systems and their associated parts.

      This course is designed to provide students with the skills to sketch and read blueprints to extract information. Students learn to interpret information from blueprints and use proper instruments and techniques to produce drawings.

      This course is designed to develop the skills and knowledge required for installing, testing, and maintaining piping and heating control systems according to various codes and standards.

      Prerequisites:

      • FUEL1000A

      This course is intended to provide the students with the knowledge required to function safely in their work environment. Included within this course are the specific WorkSafeNB competencies required for all NBCC graduates. Participants cover the safety and security standards required on the job so that they are aware of potential hazards and can prevent them.

      The safety procedures introduced in the course focus on preparing the students to function efficiently and safely as they get more practice and applied knowledge specific to their trade.

      This course provides students with an understanding of:

      - their responsibilities when working in areas where fall hazards exist;

      - the use of and inspection of the required equipment; and

      - the critical controls necessary to reduce the risk of a fall.

      This course provides students with an understanding of the hazards related to working in a confined space environment. It looks at the proper safe work practice and procedures for confined spaces as well as rescue considerations.


      Specific Considerations

      The nature of this occupation often results in irregular working hours and on-the-job travel, it requires a mechanical/electrical aptitude, physical strength and agility needed for heavy lifting and climbing. Students are exposed to certain hazards that require the use of safety equipment. Students are expected to purchase safety equipment including work boots, coveralls and safety glasses prior to commencement of the program.


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