Currently the Ontario College of Trades is not supporting any documentation on this trade. Please contact the College directly for more information involving this trade and its status for training. Here is a link to their contact us page http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/contact-us

What Does a Gas Technician Do?

Gas Technicians (636G) install, repair, maintain, and inspect gaseous fuel pipe lines and appliances in homes and industrial or commercial buildings.

Job Related Skills, Values and Interests

  • Demonstrate safe working practices and procedures
  • Prepare for installation, service, or maintenance of gas-fired appliances
  • Use hand tools, power tools, and a variety of measuring devices to check pressure, temperature, flow, and electrical current
  • Install venting and combustion air systems
  • Install piping/tubing and components
  • Connect appliances to heat distribution systems
  • Install appliance electrical components
  • Commission gas-fired systems
  • Maintain and service control and gas-fired systems

Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Industrial sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/industrial

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

Gas Technician does not contain any Compulsory skill sets as per Ontario Regulation 565/99. Therefore, an individual is not required to be a registered apprenticeunder the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.

To become a Gas Technician apprentice, you must complete your secondary school diploma, particularly with credits in mathematics and physics, as well as technological education, drafting and computer studies. The Gas Technician apprenticeship consists of 6,200 hours of combined  in-school and on-the-job training.

To view the Essential Skills for this particular skilled trade, please click the following link:

http://www10.hrsdc.gc.ca/ES/English/ShowProfileOccupation.aspx?v=289&ID=188398&v1=gas%20technician&v2=&v3=

What’s Your Future as a Gas Technician?

Gas Technicians generally work full-time, mostly indoors, in specific work locations that largely depend on the location of the installation or repair work. Most Gas Technicians find employment with:

  • gas utility and gas servicing companies
  • plumbing, heating and air conditioning construction firms
  • mechanical construction firms
  • may also become self-employed

For additional information about this career, check out the construction sector website at: www.CareersInConstruction.ca.

Gas technicians must keep up to date with changes in their trade as new computer technology is introduced.

Wage Rate

  • Apprentices usually start at a wage rate about half that of a journeyperson
  • This rate increases gradually until the final six months of your apprenticeship when you are earning from 85% to 90% of a journeyperson’s wage
  • Gas Technicians can earn anywhere from $14.00/hr to $35.00/hr depending on what geographic area they live in, often with employee benefits and opportunities to work overtime

Self-Rating

Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Gas Technician for You?

Can you look at a diagram or blueprint and visualize how things come together?

Yes No

Do you enjoy working with your hands and using different types of tools?

Yes No

Are you able to bend, stretch, reach and work in confined spaces if required?

Yes No

Do you like figuring out what’s wrong with something and then fixing it?

Yes No

Would you work on-call for occasional weekends or evenings?

Yes No

Can you get the job done to deadline with minimal or no supervision?

Yes No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Gas Technician may be for you!

You may also want to explore other jobs that require similar interests and skills, such as:

    • Gasfitter
    • Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic
    • Sheet metal worker
    • Electrician
    • Appliance service repairer
    • Welder

 

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