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Combined Plumbing Pre-Apprenticeship & Gas Technician 3 Training
Hands-on training in plumbing installation and repair, plus preparation to become a certified gas technician. Unique combined program that doubles your job options. Get help to secure a paid apprenticeship after graduation. Tools and safety gear included.
Benefits of Combined Plumbing & Gas Technician 3 Training
Plumbing and Gas Technician training go hand-in-hand. Plumbers often work on gas-fired appliances, such as water heating devices, or medical gas lines at hospitals and clinics.
But if you aren’t a certified gas technician, you are limited to servicing electric devices. If you want to work with gas-fired plumbing equipment, you need to get your gas technician license.
This is why we offer Combined Plumbing Pre-apprenticeship and Gas Technician 3 training.
- Plumbers with G3 certification can work under supervision on gas equipment, like hot water systems, gas water heaters and pumps, gas meters, and regulators
- Once you’ve earned your G3, you can proceed to Gas Technician level 2
- G2 holders can work without supervision on gas-fired units with an input up to 400,000 BTUH
- Gas technician certification opens up more job options for plumber apprentices
- Successful graduates leave our program with a gas technician 3 license, and are eligible to continue with G2 certification
Combined Plumbing Pre-apprenticeship and Gas Technician 3 Program
The goal of this program is to get you hired as a G3-certified plumber apprentice.
You will get a solid foundation in plumbing installation and repair, plus total preparation for the TSSA (Technical Standards and Safety Authority) gas technician 3 exam.
- 36-week program
- Gas 3 certification is included in the program
- Licensed instructors with years of industry experience
- State-of-the-art training facility that simulates a real work environment
- Multiple program start dates throughout the year
- Tools and safety gear are included in your tuition
- Safety certifications are included in the program
- Loans, government training grants, and scholarships may be available for students who qualify (our Admissions team will help you apply)
Safety Certifications Included in this Combined Program
Employers prefer to hire plumber apprentices who have already been certified in job safety. That’s why Herzing’s Combined Plumbing Pre-apprenticeship and Gas Technician 3 training includes the following certifications:
- Working at Heights
- Elevating Work Platforms
- Lockout & Tag Safety
- Scaffold Users’ Hazard Awareness
- Confined Spaces Hazard Awareness
There is steady demand for both plumbers and gas technicians in Ontario. Students who graduate from our Combined Plumbing and Gas Technician 3 program have job options in both fields.
As a G3 holder, you can work under supervision to install and activate gas-fired units (up to 400,000 BTUH). This makes you a more competitive plumber apprentice, while giving you the option to work as a gas fitter/technician.
Job Options for Combined Plumbing and Gas Technician 3 Graduates
Successful graduates of our Combined Plumbing Pre-apprenticeship & Gas Technician 3 training can pursue the following job options:
- Installing medical gas systems
- Working on new construction projects
- Working in residential and commercial plumbing maintenance
- Doing renovation and retrofit plumbing work
- Working on municipal water systems
- Starting your own plumbing business
- Becoming a plumber instructor
- Working in plumbing sales
- Becoming a pipefitter-steamfitter
- Becoming a hydronics technician
- Working as a gas fitter or gas technicia
Who Hires Our Grads?
Herzing’s Combined Plumbing and Gas 3 graduates have been hired by several leading Ontario companies, including:
This program covers plumbing installation, piping, tubing, blueprints, plumbing codes, and plumbing safety. We also include all TSSA requirements for Gas Technician 3 certification, so students can challenge the exam before graduating from the program.
In this training you will learn:
- How to safely use hand and power tools
- Installation methods for a variety of piping materials, including ABS and PVC DWV, cast iron soil pipe, copper, steel, and PEX
- How to install and repair plumbing fixtures
- Electrical fundamentals
- Heating and humidification systems
- Plumbing rules and regulations of the Ontario Building Code
- Regulations and codes for installing propane and natural gas
- Safe handling of propane and natural gas
- How to interpret blueprints, technical manuals, drawings and graphs
- Main features of gas appliances
Click to see a detailed description of each course.
In this unit, students will discuss the various applications for plumbing. Students will describe the basic plumbing cycle, describe the term ton of hydronics and explain the relationship between pressure and the boiling point of water or other liquids.
In this unit, students will describe the function of the evaporator, discuss the function of the condensing coil and state the purpose of the metering device. They will describe the proper procedures for working with pressurized systems and vessels, electric energy, heat, cold, rotating machinery, and chemicals; for moving heavy objects; and for utilizing proper ventilation. In addition, they will describe the hand tools used by the hydronics, heating technician and describe the equipment used to install and service heating, and ventilation systems.
In this unit, students will explain the function of the compressor in a hydronics system, discuss the compression ratio and describe the four different methods of compression. Students will state the specific conditions under which a compressor is expected to operate; explain the difference between a hermatic compressor and a semi-hermatic compressor; and describe the various working parts of reciprocating and rotary compressors.
In this unit, students will explain the characteristics that make certain materials good conductors, describe how magnetism is used to produce electricity, and state the difference between alternating current and direct current. Students will list the units of measurement for electricity and explain the differences between series and parallel circuits. They will also make general comparisons between different bimetal applications, describe partial liquid, partial vapour-filled controls, and distinguish between the bellows, diaphragm, and Bourdon tube.
In this unit, students will describe ozone depletion and global warming, differentiate between CFCs, HCFCs, HFCs, and HCs, and discuss popular refrigerants and their applications. Discuss refrigerant blends and how temperature glide and fractionation applies to it. Students will discuss refrigerant oils and their applications, define the terms recover, recycle, and reclaim, and describe the methods of recovering, including active and passive methods.
In this unit, students will explain three ways in which heat transfers into a structure. Students will be able to list the different types of evaporator coils, and identify the different types of condensors.
In this unit, students will discuss the efficiency and relative operating costs of electric heat, list the types of electric heaters and state their uses and describe how sequencers operate in electric forced-air furnaces. Students will trace the circuity in a diagram of an electric forced-air furnace, perform basic tests in troubleshooting electrical problems in an electric forced-air furnace and lastly, describe typical preventative, maintenance procedures used in electric heating units and systems.
In this unit, students will describe the characteristics of the propeller and centrifugal blowers, take basic air pressure measurements and measure air quantities. Students will list the different types of air measuring devices, describe the common types of motors and drives and describe various duct systems.
In this unit, students will explain the function of the 24-V control voltage and explain the operation of the high- and low- pressure controls. They will describe the space thermostat, the compressor contractor and how crankcase heat is applied in some modern equipment. They will identify operating and safety controls and compare modern and older control concepts.
In this unit, students will calculate the correct operating suction pressures for both standard – and high efficiency hydronics equipment under various conditions and calculate the standard operating discharge pressures at various ambient conditions. Students will select the correct instruments to troubleshoot electrical problems in hydronics systems, check the line- and low-voltage power supplies, and troubleshoot basic electrical problems in a hydronic system.
Students will understand the role of an estimator. They will be introduced to the role of an estimator and learn what basic assistance they will be providing in a junior position; rom calculating various statistical data to researching historical data. Students will be exposed to a full estimating procedure from start to finish. This module will also review necessary mathematical skills for the estimating sector
In this course students will learn how to calculate various statistical data, quantity takeoffs, material price list, labor costs, and equipment. They will learn how junior estimators assist with obtaining scopes of work and pricing from sub-contractors and suppliers. Students learn how to make estimates and take-offs from all sources of material, blueprints, manual drawings and electronic simulations.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of workers, and others’ rights and responsibilities under various acts and codes, and be aware of applicable safety organizations.
In this module, students will identify fasteners in term of size, applications, and capacity. They will understand electrical fasteners, pipe fasteners and general fasteners. Students will determinate the factors used to select each fastener, and identify the proper methods for storing and handling of fasteners based on various factors. They will be able to identify hand tools in term size and shape, application to specific materials, strength, operating range, assembly and adjustment. They will determine the proper methods for storing and handling hand tools based on set criteria. Students will be able to select the appropriate testing equipment based on its application and method of usage.
In this unit, students will identify the governing bodies, associations and agencies that regulate the installation of the propane and natural gas, and specify their corresponding responsibilities. Examples of these organizations include: TSSA, MCBS, CSA, CSA International, CGA, ETL, Warnock Hersy, ULC and others.
In this module, students will identify various properties of gas. Some of these include: specific gravity, density, upper and lower explosive limits, etc. Students will investigate various requirements for combustion and the chemical properties of combustion. The same criteria listed above, will be applied to natural gas as well.
In this module, students will examine various venting systems and the various factors affecting them. They will identify various types of burner design such as inshot, upshot, ported, infrared tube, ceramic and ribbon. Students will view different pilot burner designs and ignition systems. They will explore different sensing methods. In addition, they will describe the requirements to convert an appliance from propane to natural gas or vice versa.
In this module, students examine various steel piping, cooper pipe and tubing, methods of joining, aluminum tubing, identify plastic pipe used in distribution and gas service utilities, identify flexible stainless steel hose and tubing, identify connectors, identify hoses, review code requirements, and explore various connections types, fittings and valves
In this module, students will refine their customer relations skills. A large focus will be on understanding the customers’ needs coping strategies, active listening, constructive behavior, addressing customer complaints and reconciling differences. A portion of the module is focused on property damage prevention. This includes protective pads, floor mats, safe handling techniques safe and proper clean up.
In this module, students will reference the Natural Gas and Propane installation code and manufactures’ specifications. They will be exposed to orthographic projections, detailed and assembly drawings, pictorial drawings, schematics and wiring drawings. Students will interpret various charts, listing the advantages and disadvantages of each.
In this module, students will identify electrical hazards, safe working techniques, procedures and applicable electrical codes. Students will use different electrical measuring and testing instruments to troubleshoot various electrical circuits. Various electrical concepts and theories will be examined. Simple circuits will be examined in detail; constructing diagrams, measuring current and voltage, calculating resistance etc.
What you need to get started.
- Minimum of a Canadian high school grade 12 or equivalent, or a mature student
- Pass an entrance test administered by Herzing College
- Be interviewed in detail regarding interest in the field
- Meet any additional program specific entrance requirement
Tuition and Fees
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Why Choose this Program?
- Affordable 36-week program that gets you job-ready fast
- Learn how to safely use plumbing tools, install pipes and fixtures, venting and drainage, and interpret building codes
- Full preparation for the TSSA gas technician 3 exam
- Safety certifications are included in the program
- Hands-on training taught by licensed, highly experienced instructors
- Herzing College is a Merit Ontario, CLAC Union-approved training facility
- Eligible grads are admitted to Merit Ontario and CLAC union
- Tools and safety gear are included in your tuition
- Herzing’s Career Development team helps you create your resume, apply for plumbing apprenticeships, and prepare for interviews
- We connect graduates with available jobs through our industry partners
- We help you apply for government training grants, loans, and scholarships to lower your tuition costs
- Small class sizes, fun learning environment, great staff
- Herzing College has a 55+ year track record of respected career training