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Field Heat Treatment Technician

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A primary role of the field heat treatment technician is to set up and perform controlled heat treating to offset the high-temperature effects of welding.

Specific tasks encompassed in the field heat treatment technician occupation include the following:

  • safe work practices and training (Industrial First Aid, H2S, Confined Space, CSTS, WHIMIS, Working at Heights, Fall Protection, etc.),
  • the loading, assembly, disassembly, and maintenance of heat treating equipment,
  • fastening, securing or welding thermocouples (using capacitor discharge units) to work piece,
  • installing and removing thermal heating pads, electrical resistance heaters, induction coils, and insulation,
  • utilizing hand tools and some light power tools,
  • lifting up to 25 kg,
  • distributing and connecting secondary power cables to heating elements and thermocouples,
  • controlling and monitoring measurement equipment, instruments, digital process controllers and computer operating systems,
  • operating portable and/or mobile control systems, including generators, and
  • identifying, analyzing, and interpreting codes and quality control programs for heat treatment applications.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
Occupational Certification
  • The term of occupational training for a field heat treatment technician is a minimum of 48 months and a minimum of 7,200 hours of work experience. Formal classroom training is available through the Quality Control Council of Canada (QCCC).
  • To qualify for an Alberta Occupational Certificate based on a certificate issued by another jurisdiction, a person must complete the online Occupational Certificate - Credentials Application and submit it, complete the required work experience and required formal training, and successfully complete the required exam.
  • To qualify for an Alberta Occupational Certificate based on proof of skills and work experience that meet Alberta standards for the occupation, a person must have at least 10,800 hours and 72 months of ‘hands-on’ work experience in the Field Heat Treatment Technician occupation.  Time spent on supervisory or foreman duties, counter work, heading the tool crib, or on a training course is NOT counted as ‘hands-on’ work experience.

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Recognized Credentials A person who holds a valid recognized credential is permitted to work in Alberta, but some employers may require Alberta documentation as proof that the holder is allowed to work in the occupation or that the holder's credential is recognized.
Occupation Regulation For more information regarding tasks and activities, please review the Occupation Regulation.