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Gas Technician

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

A man and woman view paperwork while working alongside a set of propane pipes.
Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year

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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 opportunities 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.

Work experience

  • Work placement is a mandatory credit course, providing 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.

Choose NSCC

  • 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 study how to do a job and then apply your skills in a work-like setting.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. To prepare for employment, you participate in safety awareness courses.

Other info

  • 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.

2022-23 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

September 2022

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Akerley Campus Dartmouth Full time In person Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Waitlist

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.


Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
Tuition (International):

Tuition, fees and program costs

This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition.

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 amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Graduates 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.

Future study options

  • 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.
  • 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.

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

Recognizing prior learning / transfer credits
If you have previous learning (course, employment, etc...) that's relevant to your program, you can apply to earn credit. Learn about our recognizing prior learning (RPL) process.

COMM 1227 - Communications I
This course provides the student with an overview of the communication skills required by business and industry. Students will learn to apply these communication skills to be successful in their selected workplace setting.

COMM 1228 - Communications II
This course further develops essential communications skills with a focus on basic writing. This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop written work typical of the industry related to their program of study.

GTEC 1000 - Gas Industry Safety and Codes
Safety on the job is one of the most important factors to consider when doing any task, whether climbing a ladder or installing an appliance. This course covers safety from various perspectives: personal safety rules and protective gear, government acts and regulations, information on the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System and fire safety practices.

GTEC 1001 - Fuel Gas Characteristics and Handling
This course will cover the physical and chemical properties and characteristics of natural gas and propane as well as their combustion process. In addition, the investigation, detection and remediation of gas leaks and other hazardous substances will be covered.

GTEC 1002 - Gas Pipe Fitting Practices l
Correctly sizing the piping and tubing system depends on many factors: the length of the pipe, the supply pressure, any changes in direction of the pipe, etc. Installation requirements also depend on the location or whether the piping or tubing system is installed underground, above ground on a rooftop, etc. Whenever installing piping and tubing systems, they must be tested and inspected to ensure they meet the code requirements. This course will cover the supply chain of gas supply, transmission, distribution and delivery piping systems from the well head to the end user. The major emphasis will be placed on the delivery piping for both propane and natural gas downstream of the meter or storage container to the gas appliance.

GTEC 1003 - Tools, Fasteners and Instruments
In this course, the learner will be given an overview of the more common types of fasteners and supports used in the gas industry, as well as the basic tools required to be used and understood.

GTEC 1004 - Electrical l
This course is designed to introduce basic electrical theory, concepts, safe work practices and applicable electrical codes for the Gas Technician trade.

GTEC 1005 - Gas Appliances I
This course covers the details necessary for a gas technician to safely and efficiently install appliances. It also covers the requirements for converting appliances between propane and natural gas.

GTEC 1006 - Technical Manuals and Drawings
In this course, learners will use reference manuals, interpret technical manuals and manufacturers’ specifications, draw basic piping drawings using the different drawing views, and interpret graphs and charts as they pertain to the natural gas and propane industry.

GTEC 1010 - Forced Air and Central Heating
This course will enable the learner to describe the correct forced-air furnace for an application, describe the installation process, diagnose mechanical faults and explain the operation of electrical circuits, all within a forced-air furnace. In addition, learners will cover common forced air add-on devices and their function.

GTEC 1011 - Gas Appliances ll
This course will cover the installation, service and maintenance of household, space-heating and decorative appliances as well as gas-fired refrigerators.

GTEC 1012 - Hydronic and Domestic Hot Water
This course will cover the installation of gas-fired water heaters, boilers and boiler distribution and control systems. In addition, gas-fired and hot water heating and combination systems will also be covered. Learners will determine the guidelines for converting a boiler, select and identify circulators and components and describe gas-fired pool heating systems.

GTEC 1013 - Building as a System
In this course, learners will cover the components of a building and their effect on mechanical systems, building science elements and energy conservation methods. In addition, the sources of pollution, their effect on indoor air quality and methods of ventilation and filtration systems as well as the principles of heat loss and gain will also be covered.

GTEC 1016 - Work Experience
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply skills and concepts appropriate for entry level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal.

GTEC 1017 - Introduction to Regulators, Meters and Fuel
In this course, learners will review the criteria for installing the correct gas pressure regulators for a system. They will also read and clock low-pressure meters and identify and plan for the correct use of propane cylinders and tanks.

GTEC 1018 - Introduction to Vent Systems
This course will cover the code requirements and their application to venting systems, their location, sizing and termination. It will also cover how to locate and size air supplies for equipment.

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

SAFE 1020 - Introduction to Confined Space
The learner is introduced to the basic requirements and procedures involved with confined spaces. The definition and associated hazards of confined space are discussed as well as methods of confined space rescue. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1021 - Introduction to Hazard Identification
The learners are introduced to the types of hazards encountered in workplaces and the approach that should be followed when recommending and implementing appropriate controls. Two key elements of Hazard Identification are addressed: Hazard Assessment and Inspection. The Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act is discussed. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1022 - Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
The learner is introduced to fall protection, fall prevention and fall arrest concepts and responsibilities at the workplace. Guardrails, travel restraints, roof work, fall arrest components will be discussed and the learner will be given the opportunity to demonstrate the use of selected equipment. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1024 - Introduction to Respiratory Protection
The learner is introduced to the potential of atmospheric hazards in the workplace and the available personal protection and control methods to maintain a safe work environment. Discussion includes identification and testing for atmospheric hazards and workplace respiratory programs. The learner will be given the opportunity to select, use and maintain respiratory equipment. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1025 - Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
This course provides participants with an understanding of the hazards associated with working from heights and compliance with Workplace Health and Safety Regulations (2013). Throughout the course, participants will gain experience in the donning of a harness, an overview and presentation of system components involved when working from heights and learn how to complete a fall calculation and emergency procedures.

WORK 1100 - Workplace Mentoring I
This unit of instruction is designed to assist learners in managing their learning as an apprentice in the workplace. Learners will study their own experiences with learning new skills and identify their own learning preferences as an aid to developing learning strategies.

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