Oil Heating Fundamentals of Installation, Servicing & Troubleshooting

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  • February 5, 2024 - February 16, 2024
    8:30 am

This entry-level 80-hour oil heat training will be included as a part of our 10-Week HVAC & Energy Professional Program. PPA and PPATEC members have the option of enrolling technicians into the best possible oil heat class based upon their experience level.

This 80-hour oil heat training concept was specifically developed for individuals with no or very limited field experience (less than 6 months). The program will include more time for hands-on training with live fire equipment, electric components, fuel properties, hydronics systems, and our state-of-the-art diagnostic simulators. Attendees will complete this class with NORA Bronze Certification as well as the necessary fundamental skills to be an asset to your organization for years to come.

Week #1: Oil Heat Principles, Properties, Theories, Oil Burners & Components

Overview: This course will cover topics of: Fuel Oil Properties, Biofuel, Low Sulfur Diesel, Other Fuel Sources, Oil Burners, Oil Tanks, Piping, Fuel Units, Nozzle Construction and Flame Patterns, Combustion Chamber Sizing, Draft Adjustments and Regulating Draft with Chimneys and Power Venters.

  • Part 1: Fuel Oil Properties
  • Part 2: Biofuel, Low Sulfur Diesel, Other Fuel Sources
  • Part 3: Oil Burners
  • Part 4: Oil Tanks, Piping, Fuel Units
  • Part 5: Nozzle Construction and Flame Patterns
  • Part 6: Combustion Chamber Sizing, Draft Adjustments and Regulating Draft with Chimneys and Power Venters

Objectives: Students who complete this course successfully will progressively be able to:

  1. Properly troubleshoot, diagnose, repair, maintain and service popular brands of oil burners and equipment
  2. Perform installation and maintenance on hydronic boilers, forced air furnaces and related piping and/or ventilation systems with minimal supervision.
  3. Seek employment in an entry-level position in the oil heat technician field.
  4. Demonstrate a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of heating system design, installation, operation, and analysis.
  5. Properly perform assigned duties demonstrating proper safety practices and procedures in the lab and the workplace, while installing, designing, troubleshooting and servicing oil fired systems.
  6. Explain, identify, and execute nozzle construction and flame patterns.
  7. Explain, identify, and execute combustion chamber sizing, draft adjustments and regulating draft with chimneys and power venters.
  8. Maintain a safe and compliant work environment.
  9. Document and maintain equipment/service records.
  10. Multitask and prioritize all duties and responsibilities in order of importance.

Week #2: Oil Heat Components, Controls, Wiring, Installation, Energy Conservation & Customer Service

Overview: This course will cover Combustion Theory, Efficiency Testing and Troubleshooting, Causes of Carbon Monoxide, Smoke and Soot, Ignition Systems, Motors, Fans & Couplings, Primary Controls, Limit Controls & Thermostats, Outdoor Reset Theory & Terminology.

  • Part 1: Combustion Theory, Efficiency Testing and Troubleshooting
  • Part 2: Causes of Carbon Monoxide, Smoke and Soot
  • Part 3: Ignition Systems
  • Part 4: Motors, Fans & Couplings
  • Part 5: Primary Controls, Limit Controls, Thermostats Outdoor Reset Theory & Terminology
  • Part 6: Energy Conservation & Customer Service

Objectives: Students who complete this course successfully will progressively be able to:

  1. Explain, identify, and execute combustion theory, efficiency testing and troubleshooting.
  2. Explain and identify causes of carbon monoxide, smoke, and soot.
  3. Explain and identify how ignition systems work; install and troubleshoot ignition systems.
  4. Explain how motors, fans, & couplings work; install and troubleshoot motors, fans, & couplings.
  5. Explain how primary controls, limit controls, & thermostats work, function and are installed.
  6. Explain outdoor reset theory & terminology.
  7. Explain heating systems, heat loss, detecting heat loss, renewable energy types and how they work.
  8. Explain preventative maintenance and service procedures; perform preventative maintenance and service procedures.
  9. Explain energy conservation, home energy concepts, pressure & thermal boundaries, and insulation factors.
  10. Explain customer service procedures.

​​​​​​​Our Instructor: Alan Mercurio, PPA’s Lead Technical Trainer, has over 30 years of industry experience in various roles including service technician, equipment sales, and service manager. Alan is an industry author, consultant, educator, and proctor. He holds certificates as a Master Technician in the State of Pennsylvania, Silver certificate from the PPA, is NORA Gold Certified, and is EPA Certified by the VGI Training center as a type I and type II Air Conditioning Technician. He is the past president and founder of the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of OESP (Formerly NAOHSM), is on OESP’S Education committee, and is a liaison to NORA.

Hotel Accommodations

PPATEC is pleased to partner with local hotels that are in close proximity to our primary training venues. Our hotel partners offer student discounted rates on overnight accommodations. Please see the link below to visit our hotel partners page.

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Venue Phone: 17179395730

911B South Eisenhower Blvd, Classroom A, Middletown, Pennsylvania, 17057, United States