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Propane Service Technician

Published
Competency-Based Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
National Propane Gas Association
Industries
O*Net Code
49-9031.00
Rapids Code
0917CB
Req. Hours
0
State
DC
Created
Jul 29, 2021
Updated
Jul 29, 2021

Competency-Based Skills

26 skill sets | 26 total skills
Follow all safety policies and regulations.
Obtain the necessary license and meet Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements necessary to operate a commercial vehicle over 26,000 lbs.
Safely operate commercial vehicles and propane related equipment associated with the installation of propane containers and systems; such as tank trailers, trenchers, backhoes, lift gates, and vehicle mounted cranes.
Safely operate trucks and equipment associated with the installation of propane tanks; such as tank trailers, trenchers, backhoes, lift gates, and vehicle mounted cranes.
Test piping or tubing joints or connections for leaks, using acceptable methods including gauges, combustible gas detector or leak detector solution.
Repair or replace piping or tubing as necessary.
Install propane containers, exterior piping, regulators, interior piping, appliances, and venting systems.
Perform inspections, tests, and procedures to address gas odors and gas leaks.
Test electrical circuits or components for continuity, using electrical test equipment.
Repair or replace defective equipment, components, or wiring.
Troubleshoot heating or hot water systems with users to isolate problems or to verify that repairs have been completed.
Repair or service heating, hot water, and other propane appliances to improve efficiency, such as by changing filters, cleaning ducts, flues or making necessary adjustments.
Install, connect, or adjust thermostats, humidistats, timers, or other control equipment associated with heating, hot water, and other propane appliances.
Install heating, hot water, other propane appliances, and associated equipment.
Connect heating, hot water, and other propane appliances to gas and water sources to form complete system.
Study blueprints, design specifications, or manufacturers' recommendations to ascertain the configuration of heating or cooling equipment components and to ensure the proper installation of components.
Comply with all applicable standards, policies, or procedures that apply to the appliance system.
Test electrical wiring between controls and equipment, according to wiring diagrams, using the appropriate electrician's hand tools.
Diagnose and inspect systems to verify compliance with plans and specifications or to identify defects or locate malfunctions.
Install and test automatic, programmable, or wireless thermostats in residential or commercial buildings to minimize energy usage for heating or cooling.
Adjust system controls to settings recommended by manufacturer.
Recommend, develop, or perform preventive or general maintenance procedures, such as cleaning, power-washing, or vacuuming equipment, oiling parts, or changing filters.
Cut or drill holes in floors, walls, or roof to install equipment, using power tools such as saws or drills.
Measure, cut, thread, or bend piping or tubing, using the appropriate pipe fitter's tools.
Install heating, hot water, or other propane appliances, following blueprints or manufacturer's installation specifications.
Identify and inspect all components of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and DOT containers following regulations pertaining to each.

Technical Instruction

Basic Principles and Practices of Propane - 22 req. hrs
Organizations that influence, publish or enforce codes and standards
Introduction to basic principles and practices of propane
Propane customer applications and customer service
Sources and physical properties of propane
Odorants and service interruptions
Complete and incomplete combustion characteristics
DOT cylinders, propane piping, and residential systems
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Regulations
Updated or new federal, state, and local regulations and policies
Initial OSHA/DOT Training - 32 req. hrs
Introduction to OSHA and DOT Training
OSHA hazard communication
DOT general awareness HAZMAT training
Emergency response
Loading and unloading
CMV driver requirements
Vehicle inspection
Cylinder safety
Materials of trade
Security
Designing and Installing Exterior Vapor Distribution Systems - 27 req. hrs
Basic designing vapor distribution systems
Designing vapor systems: container and lines
Designing vapor distribution systems: regulators and meters
Preparing system components for transport
Installing containers
Installing lines
Installing regulators and meters
Tank to tank transfer
Other installations
System tests
Safety information
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Regulations
Updated or new federal, state, and local regulations and policies
Placing Vapor Distribution Systems and Appliances into Operations - 19 req. hrs
Vapor distribution system tests
Validating vapor distribution systems
Identifying venting requirements and characteristics
Validating combustion air
Leak Check Procedures
Purging air from a piping system
Placing appliances into operation
Appliance controls and safety devices
Spillage test
Identifying burning characteristics of propane
Safety Information
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Regulations
Updated or new federal, state, and local regulations and policies
Installing Appliances and Interior Vapor Distribution Systems - 27 req. hrs
Introduction to installing appliances and interior vapor distribution system
Design consideration for gas appliances
Designing venting systems
Design of interior vapor distribution systems
Installing appliances
Installing venting systems
Installation of interior vapor distribution system
Safety information
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Regulations
Updated or new federal, state, and local regulations and policies
Basic Electricity for Propane Appliance Service - 31 req. hrs
Overview of basic electricity for propane appliances
Follow safety procedures
Electrical circuits
Interpret electrical control circuit diagrams for basic appliances
Measuring electrical quantities
Use a digital multimeter
Measure voltage, resistance and current at any point in an electrical circuit
Identify functions of common sensing devices in basic appliances
Identify functions of common controls and components in basic propane appliances including: Transformers / Relays and contactors / Motors and capacitors / Wall thermostats / Limit and fan controls / Ignition systems / Gas control valves
Troubleshoot electrical circuits
Basic Propane Appliance Service and Troubleshooting - 41 req. hrs
Basic propane appliance service and troubleshooting
Measuring temperature, pressure, and gas concentration
Common sensing devices in propane appliances
Electrical components in propane appliance systems
Wall thermostats and wireless controls
Limit and fan controls
Ignition systems for basic propane appliances
Pressure-regulated gas control valves
Burners and orifices
Electrical control circuit diagrams and troubleshooting
Appliance service tools and techniques
Troubleshooting basic propane appliance systems
Leaks, odor and carbon monoxide complaints

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