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Oil Heat Systems Technician

Oil Heat Systems Technician

Install, repair and maintain oil-fired domestic and light commercial appliance equipment, components and systems.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
20 Weeks
College Certificate
$5,739 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+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
Akerley Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available


The heating services industry is changing and requires individuals with a variety of skills: knowledge of heating systems, electrical control systems, blueprint reading, piping and soldering.

This program prepares you to work with many aspects of oil-fired heating equipment. You learn new techniques, including design, assembly and installation of heating and ventilation systems, oil burner components (control devices and associated wiring) and fuel supply systems. You also learn to connect plumbing to mechanical and electrical systems. In this program, you learn through a series of classroom sessions and have an opportunity to apply your knowledge through lab work and a five-week industry work term.

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 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

This program prepares graduates for career opportunities in sales, service and installation.

Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Oil Heat System Technician 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.
  • This program meets the changing demands of the heating services sector and helps you develop industry relevant skills.

Other info

  • This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition.
  • 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).
  • A minimum of a Class 5 Drivers Licence is required for employment.
  • You must be bondable to gain employment.
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Oil Heat System Technician 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.
  • You require a Certificate of Qualification issued by the NSAA to legally work in the Oil Heat System Technician trade in Nova Scotia.
  • 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
OILB 1001   Safety, Fire Protection and Blueprint Reading
OILB 1002   Tools & Equipment
OILB 1005   Fuel Delivery Systems
OILB 1006   Combustion and Air Handling Devices
OILB 1008   Introduction to Basic Electricity/Controls and Wiring
OILB 1013   Fuel Storage Tanks
OILB 1017   Communications
OILB 1018   Introduction to Heating Systems and Planned Maintenance
OILB 1100   Work Experience
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 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring I

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