WFTR400 - Solar Thermal Installer

The Solar Thermal Installer course prepares participants to install solar thermal systems in residential or commercial settings. The course also prepares certified plumbers to write the Canadian Solar Industries Association Solar Thermal Certification exam and if successful receive industry certification as well.


Hours: 36 (Lecture Hours: 24; Shop/Teaching Kitchen:12)


Total Weeks: 1





Non-Course Prerequisites:






Course Content:
The course consists of 8 units of study and one installation project.
- Unit 1 Introduction, background and theory
- Unit 2 Solar collectors: types, parts, performance
- Unit 3 Other components: tanks, pumps, controls, etc.
- Unit 4 System sizing
- Unit 5 System types
- Unit 6 Installation procedures
- Unit 7 Operation, maintenance, repair and troubleshooting
- Unit 8 Installer’s Toolkit & exam preparation
- Unit P Class Project: SDHW system installation

The students will participate in the installation of a complete solar DHW system. This will be led by an experienced installer and, while the site may not be residential, the aim is to simulate the conditions and procedures appropriate for installing a system on a typical single family home.


Learning Outcomes:
The goal of the course is to prepare participants for the CanSIA Solar Thermal Certification Exam and to prepare participants for the installation of solar DHW systems. Once the students complete the course they will have the skills needed to install solar thermal systems
By the end of this unit the student will demonstrate an understanding of:
- Scope of the course
- History of solar water heating in Canada and around the world
- Scientific principles related to solar water heating
- Materials used in solar collectors and their physical properties
- Glazed, unglazed, evacuated tube, and integrated storage collectors
- Collector performance curves, advantages and disadvantages
- Component materials and properties
- Component options, performance, advantages and disadvantages
- Energy performance of natural gas and electric water heaters
- Domestic hot water loads
- Solar system sizing
- Passive and active systems
- Direct and indirect systems
- Open-loop and closed-loop systems
- Safety issues including WHMIS, fall protection, fire & electrical, heavy lifting, burns & scalds, and heat stroke and fatigue
- Procedures for installing tanks, collectors, pipe, pumps, heat exchangers, controls, and other common system components
- Charging the solar loop and testing the system
- System commissioning and providing instructions to the building owner/operator
- Common repair procedures for aged components, UV damage, freeze damage, and faulty designs and installations
- Maintenance requirements and procedures for drainback and closed-loop glycol systems
- The tools and skills required for installing solar DHW (Domestic Hot Water) systems in Canada
- Resources for further information and analysis

- The sustainable attributes of solar water heating


Grading System: Pass/Fail


Passing Grade: 70%


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.