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Gas Utility Construction and Service Technical Diploma

Gas Utility Students stand in front of backhoes

Program Code: 314692

Highly skilled professionals in the utilities industry are needed to install, maintain, and operate natural and propane gas distribution systems used to supply residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Typical careers in this field include gas distribution worker, gas service person, gas meter and regulation mechanic, gas clerk-estimator, gas inspector, gas appliance repair mechanic, underground facilities locator, pipeline welder, pipe layer, and equipment operator.

Employment Potential

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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
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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.
  • To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
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Curriculum
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
Semester Total
11
Second Semester
Semester Total
16
Third Semester
Semester Total
6
Total Credits
33

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 but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

  • Install gas piping for natural and propane gases
  • Adhere to OSHA Safety procedures
  • Maintain gas distribution systems
  • Service gas appliance
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Industry Credentials

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.

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