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NORA Oilheat Technicians Manual

On being an Oilheat Technician This manual is for anyone interested in learning to become an Oilheat Technician. Being an Oilheat Technician is a very challenging profession. Working on oil burners is tougher than plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, copiers or computers. The reasons are the sheer variety of equipment and the conditions we have to work under. There have been over 500 different oil burner manufacturers over the years, and thousands of furnace, water heater, and boiler brands and styles. Each of these unique combinations of burner and boiler, furnace, or water heater operates in a different building with a different venting system and heat distribution system. The bottom line is that there are millions of different configurations we must understand. Add to this the incredibly high degree of customer contact technicians enjoy, and all the skills that implies, and you can see why it is so difficult to learn to become an accomplished Oilheat Technician. First, you must have pride in yourself, your company, and the Oilheat Industry. You have to have a deep personal need to do a good job, one you can be proud of. The second ingredient is to possess a strong desire to be of service. You have to enjoy helping people. The third element is insatiable curiosity. The only way to keep up with the breathtaking technological improvements and changes in our business is to be a perpetual student, always learning. Finally, it helps if you have a mentor to help you along the way. After years of experience, you should mentor someone else. We hope this manual will give you a starting point in your journey toward excellence. Dozens of dedicated Oilheat professionals have had a hand in creating and editing it. The book is written by Oilheat Technicians for Oilheat Technicians. The first versions of the book were published in the early 1960’s. This is the seventh, and probably the most ambitious revision of the book. Disclaimer This publication is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covers. It is sold with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other technical or professional service. If specific legal advice or other technical or professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional person should be sought. The editors have made their best effort to be sure the material in the book is accurate. However, any book with as much detail about such a wide range of subjects, and with as many contributors as this text has enjoyed, over as many rewrites and revisions as the text has endured, is bound to have a few mistakes, omissions, and controversial opinions. We all wish to take this opportunity to apologize for any confusion or inconvenience that may result from any of these factors. However, NORA, nor those responsible for the preparation of this Manual, make any representations or guarantee, or assume or accept any responsibility or liability, with respect thereto. This book is sold without warranty of any kind as to the accuracy of its contents. The reader accepts full responsibility for any consequence arising from the use of this book. In all cases, local codes, and equipment manufacturers’ instructions take precedence over anything we have presented in this book. Oilheat Technicians Manual III


NORA Oilheat Technicians Manual
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