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Gas Utility Construction and Service - Technical Diploma

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, PE pipe fusion, and equipment operator.

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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

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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.
• 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.

Program Availability

FULL TIMEFall 2016Spring 2017Summer 2017
Green Bay
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Application Checklist

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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
10-804-312
Math-Algebra/Trades
2
10-804-312 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=65 or ACT-Math =15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-890-101
College 101
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
31-442-315
Welding-Gas Service 1
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer
31-469-311
Gas Utility Field Trng 1
5
31-469-311 GAS UTILITY FIELD TRAINING 1 ...construction equipment safety and operation (trenching, backhoe, boring), equipment maintenance, gas and vehicular safety, and field mapping. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Gas Utility Construction & Service) Course Typically Offered: Summer
SEMESTER TOTAL
10
SECOND SEMESTER
31-413-348
Electricity-Basic
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
31-422-310
Metallurgy
2
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. Course Typically Offered: Contact an Advisor
31-442-325
Welding-Gas Service 2
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
31-469-320
Gas Utility Field Trng 2
5
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
31-469-331
Gas Utility Field Trng 3
4
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
31-801-385
Communicating-Writing
1
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 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) 1 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
THIRD SEMESTER
31-413-358
Electricity-Gas Applianc
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
31-469-340
Gas Utility Field Trng 4
4
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
31-801-386
Communicating Effectively
1
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 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
7
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

• 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).

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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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