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Gas Technician

Gas Technician

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

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
1 Year
Credential:
Certificate
Tuition:
$9,780 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
 
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
Locations:
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Availability
Akerley Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available

Overview

If you're interested in working in the field of natural gas and propane installation and service, this program is for you. You learn the theory and have the opportunity to apply it.

You study:

  • codes of practice
  • electrical controls and devices
  • fuel gas piping
  • metering devices
  • heating systems

You graduate with the knowledge needed to receive Gas Fitter B Level 1 certification.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, or throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • 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.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Gas Fitter trade. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • 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.

Other info

  • This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition.
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Gas Fitter is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

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 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 1016   Work Experience
GTEC 1017   Introduction to Regulators, Meters and Fuel
GTEC 1018   Introduction to Vent Systems
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1022   Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
SAFE 1025   Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring I

Next Steps

  1. 1

    Visit NSCC

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  2. 2

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