Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics (NOC 7331)

Job titles

  • coal furnace installer
  • coal furnace installer-mechanic
  • forced air furnace installer (except gas)
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Nature of work

Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics install and maintain oil, coal and wood heating systems in residential and commercial buildings. They are employed by heating systems installation and service companies.

Fields of interest

  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Read and interpret drawings or specifications to determine work to be performed
  • - Lay out oil burner heating system components and assemble components using hand and power tools
  • - Install oil burner components such as thermostats, motors, piping and safety devices, and connect to fuel supply, ventilation and electrical system
  • - Test installed unit and adjust controls for proper functioning
  • - Troubleshoot and repair malfunctioning oil burners, and their components and controls
  • - Install, maintain and repair coal and wood heating systems
  • - Perform scheduled maintenance service on oil and solid fuel heating systems.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • * Completion of a three- to four-year apprenticeship program or A combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some college or industry courses in heating systems installation and repair is usually required for trade certification.
  • * Oil heat system technician trade certification is compulsory in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • * Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified oil heat system technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Skill type

  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

More information

  • * The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility. Additional information from Emploi-Québec: Under the Agreement on Internal Trade, a worker holding certification in a regulated trade has access to interprovincial labour mobility, whether or not the worker’s certification bears a Red Seal endorsement.
  • * Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.