Skip Ribbon Commands Skip to main content
NWTC Logo   Link to Home Page

Gas Utility Construction and Service Program Code 314692

Technical Diploma

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Gas Utility Construction and Service prepares students to install, maintain, and operate natural and propane gas distribution systems used to supply residential, commercial, and industrial customers.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

. Propane Gas Delivery Person: delivers bulk propane gas to customers and interacts with customers.

. New Customer Tank and Cylinder Installer: installs propane and connects piping to customer appliances.

. Bulk Plant Operator: fills and maintains cylinders and fills bulk delivery trucks.

. Gas Construction Mechanic: installs and maintains gas distribution and transmission pipelines using trenching, backhoe, underground road boring, plastic fusion, welding, mapping, and record keeping skills.

. Gas Meter Mechanic: installs, repairs, and maintains electronic and mechanical gas metering equipment.

. Gas Service Mechanic: installs and maintains residential, commercial, and industrial gas piping, valving, pressure regulating, and overpressure protective equipment.

. Gas Clerk-Estimator: develops specifications and related maps and records used in installing and maintaining gas distribution facilities. Records of this type are manual but are moving towards computer emphasis.

. Gas Regulator Maintenance Mechanic: installs and maintains high pressure gas regulating, measuring, odorizing, heating, filtering, valving, and piping systems; electronically and mechanically operated equipment are involved.

. Gas Appliance Repair Mechanic: maintains and troubleshoots residential and/or commercial gas appliances and heating/cooling equipment.

. Underground Facilities Locator: locates and marks all underground facilities prior to excavation using various locating equipment.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. Construction Crew Foreman
. Corrosion Technician
. Meter and Regulator Technician
. Utility Locating Supervisor
. Pipeline Welder
. Vendor Sales and Marketing

Note

. Students receive a certificate from the Midwest Energy Association. This certificate is recognized throughout the United States.
. Students also receive selected Pipeline Operator qualifications as mandated by the Federal Office of Pipeline Safety.
. Students who have completed the Gas Utility Construction and Service technical diploma program have the opportunity to fulfill the requirements for a Utility Management certificate and/or apply these credits toward a Leadership Development and/or an Individualized Technical Studies associate's degree.

Program Outcomes

. Communicate technical information.
. Operate tools and equipment.
. Join pipe.
. Install propane gas distribution systems.
. Install natural gas distribution systems.
. Apply customer service skills.
. Maintain gas distribution systems.
. Operate pipeline excavation equipment.
. Service gas appliances.
. Opportunity to secure a commercial driver's license (CDL).

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
. Be able to obtain a commercial driver’s license.
. Students should have mastered basic math skills. For a description of basic math, see the Basic Education section of this catalog.
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Arithmetic, 65; Reading Comprehension, 55; Sentence Skills, 60. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be granted pre-program status and will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Upon completion of the plan, full program status will be granted. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the Gas Utility Construction and Service technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.

FIRST SEMESTER

* 10-890-101 College 101
1
31-442-315 Welding-Gas Service 1
2
31-469-311 Gas Utility Field Trng 1
5
31-804-312 Math-Algebra/Trades
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
9
SECOND SEMESTER

31-413-348 Electricity-Basic
2
31-422-310 Metallurgy
2
31-442-325 Welding-Gas Service 2
2
31-469-320 Gas Utility Field Trng 2
5
31-469-331 Gas Utility Field Trng 3
4
31-801-385 Communicating-Writing
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
THIRD SEMESTER

31-413-358 Electricity-Gas Applianc
2
31-469-340 Gas Utility Field Trng 4
4
31-801-386 Communicating Effectively
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
7

TOTAL CREDITS
32

Curriculum Note
*The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

31-413-348 ELECTRICITY-BASIC ...electron theory, electrical terms, Ohm's Law, DC and AC circuits, magnetism and magnetic devices, electrical measurements, inductance and capacitance, relays and transformers, motors and generators, circuit protective devices, electrical safety. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Gas Utility Construction & Service.)

31-413-358 ELECTRICITY-GAS APPLIANCE ...electrical sources/circuits in gas appliances, safe practices, test equipment, reading wiring diagrams, gas/electrical control functions, ignition systems, sequence of operation and troubleshooting. (Prerequisite: 31-413-348, Electricity Basic)

31-422-310 METALLURGY ...manufacture of iron and steel, mechanical and physical properties of metals, metal identification, macro and microscopic grain structures, welding metallurgy, applied heat treating processes, and weld failures and fractures.

31-442-315 WELDING-GAS SERVICE 1 ...position pipe welding utilizing oxyacetylene and gas metal arc welding, welding safety, weld faults and causes, weld joint design, and fitup. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Gas Utility Construction & Service; Corequisite: 10-804-312, Math-Algebra Trades)

31-442-325 WELDING-GAS SERVICE 2 ...position pipe welding utilizing gas metal arc welding and shielded metal arc welding processes, pipe fitup, and pipe weld testing according to API 1104 code. (Prerequisite: 31-442-315, Welding-Gas Service 1)

31-469-311 GAS UTILITY FIELD TRAINING 1 ...construction equipment safety and operation (trenching, backhoe, boring), equipment maintenance, gas and vehicular safety, field mapping. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Gas Utility Construction & Service)

31-469-320 GAS UTILITY FIELD TRAINING 2 ...natural gas line installation standards for plastic pressure testing, fusion, leak detection procedures, general installation procedures and repair of plastic mains and services, introduction to propane gas systems and safety. (Prerequisite: 31-469-311, Gas Utility Field Training 1)

31-469-331 GAS UTILITY FIELD TRAINING 3 ...installation and repair of steel mains and services, applied field welding and maintenance, line testing and leak detection procedures, approved safety installation procedures using hand tools and supportive equipment. (Prerequisite: 31-469-320, Gas Utility Field Training 2)

31-469-340 GAS UTILITY FIELD TRAINING 4 ...installation, maintenance, and repair of residential gas appliances, venting codes, line stoppering equipment, corrosion control, regulators, metering, first aid, and customer service training. (Prerequisite: 31-469-331, Gas Utility Field Training 3)

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

31-804-312 MATH-ALGEBRA/TRADES ...signed numbers, order of operations, scientific notation, metric units/measurement, calculator operations, algebra, introductory trigonometry, Pythagorean theorem, solving right triangles. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-Arithmetic score=65 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 1 cr.

31-801-385 COMMUNICATING-WRITING ...writing techniques, memos, letters, descriptions, instructions, and the job-seeking process. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 OR ACT-English=16 AND ACT Reading=15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with a "C" or better OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with a "C" or better OR equivalent) 1 cr.

31-801-386 COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY ...interpersonal communication, including the function of interpersonal communication, listening techniques, perception, non-verbal communication, language, self-concept, conflict resolution and customer service. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 OR ACT-English=16 AND ACT Reading=15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with a "C" or better OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with a "C" or better OR equivalent) 1 cr.