2018-2019 Catalog

Natural Gas Compression Technology, Associate of Applied Science

The Gas Compression Technology program offers core courses related to Gas Compression Operations and Maintenance.  The program is designed to develop technical knowledge regarding gas compression operations and prepare students to enter careers as Gas Compression Technicians in the natural gas industry.  The curriculum was developed in partnership with the natural gas industry; therefore, it provides training that meets this industry’s expectations.  Students will gain an understanding of operations, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair of compression equipment as a result of lecture and hands-on training in compression theory, pneumatics, compressor mechanics, gas engine mechanics, electric motors, precision measuring, alignment, rigging and safety.  They will develop skills needed to operate and maintain gas compression packages which include the internal combustion engine, reciprocating compressor and auxiliary equipment.  Students are able to take courses to obtain a Gas Compression Certificate in 2 semesters or complete an additional 2 semesters to obtain a Gas Compression Technology A.A.S. degree.  Upon completion of this program, a student will qualify to become an entry-level Gas Compression Technician.  These individuals generally work 40-hour weeks plus overtime, perform tasks requiring good mental and physical aptitude, and work with a variety of materials and equipment.  Monitoring and maintaining compression-sites is one of their primary responsibilities.  Most technicians in the local area can expect an annual starting wage of $50,000.  Technicians with experience can move into advanced positions such as emission technicians, field supervisors, as well as areas such as instrumentation and automation.


Degree Requirements

Freshman Year - Fall Semester

OGPT 1510OIL & GAS PRODUCTION I

3

OGPT 1520OIL & GAS PRODUCTION II

3

OGPT 1530OIL & GAS PRODUCTION III

3

AUTO 1765AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS I

3

DESL 1595DIESEL FUNDAMENTALS

3

INDM 1530INDUSTRIAL MECHANICS III

3

HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

1

Total Credit Hours:19

Freshman Year - Spring Semester

CMPT 1510COMPRESSION TECHNOLOGYI

3

CMPT 1520COMPRESSION TECHNOLOGY II

3

CMPT 1530COMPRESSION TECHNOLOGY III

3

OGPT 1515OIL & GAS PUMP TECHNOLOGY

3

OGPT 1540OIL & GAS PRODUCTION IV

3

ELTR 1850INSTRUMENTATION-OIL & GAS PRODUCTION

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

ENGL 1010ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

ELTR 2840MOTOR CONTROLS

3

PHYS 1050CONCEPTS OF PHYSICS

4

CMAP 1200COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS

3

MAJOR AREA COURSES

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Sophomore Year - Fall Semester Notes: 

  • Major Area Courses can be fulfilled with any directly related course from the following prefixes: AUTO, CMPT, DESL, ELTR, INDM, MCH, MINE, OGPT, TECH, or WELD.

  • Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

    TECH 1600INDUSTRIAL SAFETY

    3

    ENGL 2005TECHNICAL WRITING

    3

    US & WYOMING CONSTITUTION

    3

    MAJOR AREA COURSES

    3

    HMDV 2411ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT

    0

    Total Credit Hours:12

    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester Notes: 

  • US & Wyoming Constitution can be fulfilled by U.S. to 1865 (HIST 1211), U.S. From 1865 (HIST 1221), Wyoming History (HIST 1251), or American & Wyoming Government (POLS 1000).
  • Major Area Courses can be fulfilled with any directly related course from the following prefixes: AUTO, CMPT, DESL, ELTR, INDM, MCH, MINE, OGPT, TECH, or WELD.
  • Total Credit Hours: 65