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WFTR400 - Solar Thermal Installer
Course Code:
WFTR 400

Calendar Description:
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.

Date First Offered:

Total Hours: 36
Lecture Hours: 24
Shop Teaching Kitchen: 12

Total Weeks:

This course is offered online:


Non-Course Pre-Requisites:


Rearticulation Submission:

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:

Passing Grade:

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 50 %
Project: 50 %

Nature of Participation:
Students must participate in the project in order to receive certification.

Writing Assignments:
Each unit will include a quiz as part of the review process to prepare for the final exam. The theory portion of the course includes a final exam.

Course Offered in Other Programs:

Text Books:
Required - CanSIA, 2005, STT 100 Solar Domestic Hot Water Installation Fundamentals (Ottawa, ON). Chapters Covered: All
Required - CanSia, 2005, STT200 Solar Domestic Hot Water Installation, Design and Maintenance (Ottawa, ON). Chapters Covered: AllAdd Content...
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