Advanced Combustion Testing

Dates: August 22-24, 2023

Meets: Tu, W and Th from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: Montana Weatherization Training Center - Bozeman

Registration Fee: $575.00
MT WAP Registration: $0.00

This course covers all the systems related to the combustion process in residential homes from the gas meter to the flue cap and everything in between. Students will learn about the most common combustion safety testing procedures for fuel-fired furnaces and water heaters. They will also learn about chimney design and operation, tuning the combustion process, setting gas pressure, combustion flue gas analysis, and proper testing methods and solutions for CAZ issues. Students will utilize combustion analyzers, gas detectors, and manometers to perform diagnostic testing.

Lessons include identification of systems and components, setup of test equipment, performing test procedures, evaluating results, and implementing remediation measures.

Course Learning Objectives:
  • Upon course completion, students will know how to:
  • Apply building science to combustion, combustion analysis, venting, and air movement.
  • Identify the common parts of combustion appliances and what they do.
  • Perform test-in and test-out procedures that include combustion appliance evaluation, worst-case depressurization tests, and combustion analysis.
  • Understand building codes related to combustion appliances including gas codes, venting, and combustion appliance zones.
  • Apply viable solutions to issues related to efficiency, venting, and combustion appliance zones

Montana Weatherization Network members may take this course at no cost. Use the MT WAP Registration option to register with a $0 fee.

For questions, contact the Training Center at or 406-586-0070.

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Fee:   $575.00

optional: Fee Breakdown

Fee Breakdown

Registration Fee$ 575.00
MT WAP Registration$ 0.00

Montana Weatherization Training Center - Bozeman

751 Osterman Drive
Suite 101
Bozeman, MT 59715

Brian Nickisch

Growing up in Eastern Montana, Brian has experienced every sort of extreme weather event. Witnessing the impact of weather events on communities Brian has lived in has helped develop a passion for being able to help those impacted most. Through acquiring a teaching degree from Montana State University and a master's degree in environmental science from the University of Nevada, Reno, Brian has sought out to improve lives through education and promoting energy efficiency.

In addition to his formal education, Brian's experience teaching high school science, installing solar arrays, and conducting home energy assessments have given him crucial skills that he’s excited to contribute to the Training Center and the weatherization network.

Nick Thomas

Growing up in the Gallatin Valley has offered Nick years of demolition, renovation and building experience as well as a keen knowledge of different building structures and ways of protecting homes from harsh Montana climates. He brings several years of weatherization field experience to the Training Center after working for the HRDC energy assistance program. His standardized work specifications (SWS) and code compliance knowledge shapes his teaching focus toward workplace safety and crew efficiency.

Aaron Mugaas

Aaron brings deep and relevant experience to the team, with decades of service to the weatherization industry as both a crew member and auditor. He’s also spent time in private industry as a house builder and home inspector. Aaron’s training includes degrees in Biology, and study in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences. His focus at the Training Center is on health and safety, building science, hands-on training of practical skills.
Date Day Time Location
08/22/2023Tuesday1 PM to 5 PM Montana Weatherization Training Center - Bozeman
08/23/2023Wednesday8:30 AM to 5 PM Montana Weatherization Training Center - Bozeman
08/24/2023Thursday8:30 AM to 4 PM Montana Weatherization Training Center - Bozeman

  • HVAC Technicians
  • Energy Auditors
  • Weatherization Crew Leaders
  • Quality Control Inspectors
  • All other home weatherization professionals

This course has 18 contact hours and can qualify as 18 continuing education units (CEUs) toward Home Energy Professional Certification through the Building Performance Institute (BPI).


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