Oil and Solid Fuel Heating Mechanics

(NOC 7331)

in All Trades and Transportation

Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics install and maintain oil, coal, and wood heating systems in residential and commercial buildings. Oil heat systems technicians install, repair, and service oil burning and oil combination burning equipment and appliances. They work for heating systems installation and service companies.

Job Outlook

average

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  • Estimate Decline employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 0 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2022

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 4040 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 8425 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline significantly over the next few years, which will limit the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Oil and Solid Fuel Heating Mechanics most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. Also, a average portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 66% of Oil and Solid Fuel Heating Mechanics who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $43,549. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$16.00

Minimum

$23.00

Median

$34.45

Maximum

Annual Pay

$9,524

Minimum

$39,759

Median

$71,599

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics install and maintain oil, coal, and wood heating systems in residential and commercial buildings. Oil heat systems technicians install, repair, and service oil burning and oil combination burning equipment and appliances. They work for heating systems installation and service companies.

Job duties

Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics:

  • 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 like 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.
  • Complete scheduled maintenance service on oil and solid fuel heating systems.

Sample job titles

  • furnace installer and repairer (except gas)
  • heating mechanic
  • heating systems installer
  • heating systems technician
  • oil burner installer and repairer
  • oil burner mechanic
  • oil burner technician
  • oil heat system technician
  • solid fuel heating installer
  • wood-burning appliance installer

Skills

  • This work requires an understanding of the principles of electricity and a mechanical aptitude. You should be able to follow instructions and perform detailed work. Patience and the ability to be methodical are required when testing motors and equipment. Analytical skills are required to determine what is causing equipment to malfunction and decide on the necessary repairs. A background in high school mathematics and the sciences is helpful. You should also have good motor coordination, physical strength, and stamina.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • 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.
  • Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is also available to qualified oil heat system technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Other considerations

  • Workers may be self-employed and provide services as needed to their clients. Therefore, earnings may vary throughout the year and depend upon the person's ability to attract and retain customers. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

390

employed in 2016

92.4%

employed full-time

26.6%

self employed

0.0%
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100%
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49.3

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

44.9%

Halifax

$49,913 median annual income
21.8%

North Shore

$35,410 median annual income
14.1%

Cape Breton

$30,112 median annual income
10.3%

Southern

$36,900 median annual income
9.0%

Annapolis Valley

$37,492 median annual income

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

60.9%

Construction

12.5%

Retail trade

10.9%

Wholesale trade

9.4%

Other services (except public administration)

3.1%

Educational services

What is the age of Employment?

25.0%

55-64

25.0%

45-54

20.0%

35-44

15.0%

25-34

11.0%

65+

3.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

60.3%

Trade Certification

$46,580 median annual income
26.9%

College Diploma

$37,508 median annual income
9.0%

High school

$30,205 median annual income
2.6%

Less than high school

N/A
2.6%

Diploma Below Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Trade Certification

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College Diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technician (HAC, HACR, HVAC, HVACR)

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, install, service and maintain the operating condition of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. They include courses in diagnostic techniques, the use of testing equipment and the principles of mechanics, electricity, and electronics as they relate to the repair of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College

Various, NS

Apprenticeship Training

Halifax, NS

High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

Adults without a high school diploma can contact the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) for tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL oversees adult education programs in Nova Scotia. NSSAL partners with the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations to deliver programs. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Oil Heat System Technician

Compulsory Certification (Mandatory): This is a regulated designated trade in Nova Scotia. Individuals must hold a Certification of Qualification, be a registered apprentice, or hold a temporary work permit to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Halifax, NS

Contacts

Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada - Atlantic
Halifax, NS

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.