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Competency and Task List

Oil Heat

Students must have

knowledge of oil

heating systems,

their components,

and be able to


proficiency in:

Describing the function of a barometric draft control

Describing the testing and adjustment procedure of a barometric draft control

Describing the function of and the testing method for a fuel unit cut-off

Describing the procedure to perform a smoke test on an oil furnace

Installing a fire-stop support plate

Adjusting blower fan speed for proper temperature rise

Describing the procedure for measuring static pressure

Sizing wires with regards to voltage drop and length of wiring run

Describing and demonstrating proper soldering procedures for electrical wiring

Describing and demonstrating proper installation of a single and two stage thermostats

Describing and demonstrating proper installation of a comunication type thermostat

Describing the procedure for adjusting air flow on a belt-driven blower assembly

Describing the procedure to de-rate a gas furnace at altitudes of 2,000 feet and above

Describing and demonstrating proper use of a combustion analyzer

Identifying the different types of conduit used for power

Installing duct connectors and hangers

Describing and demonstrating proper installation of a duct-mounted Carbon Monoxide


Students should have

knowledge of and be

able to describe and

demonstrate the

following safety


Ladder safety procedures

Clearances to combustibles for venting materials

Flue gas testing procedures for carbon monoxide

Ambient air testing procedures for carbon monoxide

Proper safety procedures to follow on discovery of an oil leak

Describe the safety procedure to be followed upon discovery of a defective heat


Oil Heat

troubleshooting and

problem solving:

Troubleshooting and problem solving involves diagnostic procedures requiring the use

of test instruments, data plate information, and wiring diagrams. All of the gas furnace

system components, circuits, air distribution system, and/or power supply should be

part of troubleshooting and problem solving.

Knowledge of the

following test

instruments and or

tools is required:

Combustion analyzer

Stack Thermometers

Carbon Monoxide detector






Pressure Gauges