2018-2019 Catalog

Natural Gas Compression Technology Certificate

The Gas Compression Technology certificate offers core courses related to Gas Compression Operations and Maintenance.  The certificate has been 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 and can choose to complete an additional 2 semesters to obtain a Gas Compression Technology A.A.S. degree.  Upon completion of this certificate, a student may 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.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses- First Semester

AUTO 1765AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS I

3

AUTO 1766AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS II

3

DESL 1595DIESEL FUNDAMENTALS

3

OGPT 1510OIL & GAS PRODUCTION I

3

OGPT 1520OIL & GAS PRODUCTION II

3

OGPT 1530OIL & GAS PRODUCTION III

3

INDM 1530INDUSTRIAL MECHANICS III

3

Total Credit Hours:21

Required Courses - Second Semester

CMPT 1510COMPRESSION TECHNOLOGYI

3

CMPT 1520COMPRESSION TECHNOLOGY II

3

CMPT 1530COMPRESSION TECHNOLOGY III

3

ELTR 1850INSTRUMENTATION-OIL & GAS PRODUCTION

3

OGPT 1515OIL & GAS PUMP TECHNOLOGY

3

OGPT 1540OIL & GAS PRODUCTION IV

3

Total Credit Hours:18

 

Total Credit Hours: 39

All above courses must be completed with a "C" or better to earn the Natural Gas Compression Technology Certificate.