Gas Technician

Prepare to work in the growing field of natural gas and propane installation and service.


Start Date:
1 Year
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2014 Akerley Campus • Dartmouth • Waitlist 2015New applications may be waitlisted until Fall 2015.

Program Overview

This program is designed for individuals interested in working in the field of natural gas and propane installation and service. You are provided the instruction required for Gas Fitter III and Gas Fitter II certification levels. This program includes both theoretical and practical (hands-on) components. Areas of study include codes of practice, electrical controls and devices, fuel gas piping, metering devices, and heating systems.

Info Students Highlights reflect comments provided in the annual Program Highlights Survey. Students participate in this survey to share their experiences and information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. Cool Activity"Tour of Nova Scotia Power's Tufts Cove location."
  2. Good To Know"Due to safety, you have to be meticulous, and check and re-check your work."
  3. Favourite"You get to play with fire!"

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards Journeyperson Certification in the Gas Fitter trade. To work as a Gas Fitter, certification is compulsory through Nova Scotia's Department of Labour and Advanced Education. Graduates of this program are eligible for transfer credit upon registration to the Provincial Apprenticeship Program.
  • You benefit from our expert faculty who bring years of experience and strong industry connections to the classroom.
  • You get hands-on and practical training. This program teaches a balance of theory and practical application—which means you read and study how to do a job and then you actually get to apply those skills in a work-like setting.

Employment Opportunities

  • Certified Gas Fitters work in a range of roles including: gas-fired appliance installation, service, sales and inspection. Typical employers include: residential and commercial service sectors of the mechanical building trades, natural gas supply utilities, propane suppliers, gas appliance installers, service contractors, plumbing, heating, control or ventilation contractors, and wholesalers of plumbing and heating equipment.
  • With the opportunities to use natural gas and propane increasing in Nova Scotia, there is a high demand for Certified Gas Fitters. This demand is expected to continue to grow as the region develops offshore petroleum production, the transmission pipeline is completed, and our regional distribution company expands.

Other Info

  • This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition. View the 2014-2015 Program Fees for detailed program costs.
  • Red Seal – Gas Fitter is a designated trade that qualifies for the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. The Red Seal allows qualified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada where the trade is designated without having to write further examinations.
  • Important Abilities & Skills – To be successful in this field, individuals should be physically agile. This industry is physically demanding and includes moving, lifting, bending and kneeling as well as spending long periods of time on your feet. Work may take place in confined spaces and at varying heights. You may have to work in variable climatic conditions including cold and wet winter weather.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
GTEC 1000   Gas Industry Safety and Codes
GTEC 1001   Fuel Gas Characteristics and Handling
GTEC 1002   Gas Pipe Fitting Practices l
GTEC 1003   Tools, Fasteners and Instruments
GTEC 1004   Electrical l
GTEC 1005   Gas Appliances I
GTEC 1006   Technical Manuals and Drawings
GTEC 1007   Pressure Regulators, Meters and Fuel
GTEC 1008   Electrical II and Controls
GTEC 1009   Gas Pipe Fitting Practices ll
GTEC 1010   Forced Air and Central Heating
GTEC 1011   Gas Appliances ll
GTEC 1012   Hydronic and Domestic Hot Water
GTEC 1013   Building as a System
GTEC 1014   Vent Systems
GTEC 1015   Liquid Propane
GTEC 1016   Work Experience
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
Introduction to Confined Space Entry
Introduction to Hazard Identification
Introduction to Lock Out / Tag Out
Introduction to Respiratory Protection
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A
Workplace Mentoring I

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