Gas Utility Construction and Service

A student in a hard hat and bright yellow vest uses a small excavator to dig a hole to lay utility pipes.

Gas Utility Construction and Service

Subject Area: STEM, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction

Award: Diploma, Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: Diploma: 34; Associate of Applied Science: 68

Location: Peosta

Entry: Fall

Contact email: waechterr@nicc.edu

Description

The Gas Utility Construction and Service program prepares students to install, maintain and operate both high and low-pressure natural gas distribution systems used to supply residential, commercial and industrial companies. Program graduates will be qualified to enter one of the most technologically intensive industries in today's economy with potential careers in gas construction mechanics, gas meter mechanics, gas service mechanics, gas clerk estimation, gas regulator maintenance mechanics, gas appliance repair and underground facilities location. When students enter into the industry, they will be subject to a drug screening per federal guidelines.

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Communicate technical information
  • Operate tools and equipment
  • Join pipe
  • Install natural gas distribution systems
  • Apply customer service skills
  • Maintain gas distribution systems
  • Operate pipeline excavation equipment
  • Service gas appliances
  • Secure a commercial driver's license
Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete ACCUPLACER® admission testing. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
  3. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.

In addition to the College admission requirements outlined, applicants to this program are required to undergo a drug screening. Applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent and meet the minimum entrance requirements on a basic skills assessment for placement in MAT:773 or higher. Candidates who fail to meet the entrance math assessment placement score must successfully complete MAT:772 prior to program admission. Candidates who fail to meet the program requirements will be referred to the program faculty for further assessment prior to a final admission decision being rendered.

Academic Requirements

Diploma

View the printable Ed Plan (Diploma).

Term 1
CourseTitleCredits
MAT:773 Applied Math II 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0
UTL:100 Gas Utility Field Training I 4.0
UTL:200 Gas Utility Field Training II 5.0
UTL:230 Gas Appliances 3.0

 

Term 2
CourseTitleCredits
COM:723 Workplace Communications OR 3.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0
ELE:113 AC/DC Fundamentals 3.0
IND:118 Commercial Drivers License 1.0
UTL:220 Regulation and Measurement 3.0
WEL:303 Pipe Welding/SMAW 3.0
  Psychology Elective (transfer-level) 3.0

Note: Prior to the completion of Term 1, students are required to provide their program faculty with a copy of their First Aid/CPR certificate.

Associate of Applied Science

View the printable Ed Plan (AAS).

Term 1
CourseTitleCredits
MAT:773 Applied Math II 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0
UTL:100 Gas Utility Field Training I 4.0
UTL:200 Gas Utility Field Training II 5.0
UTL:230 Gas Appliances 3.0

 

Term 2
CourseTitleCredits
COM:723 Workplace Communications OR 3.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0
ELE:113 AC/DC Fundamentals 3.0
IND:118 Commercial Drivers License 1.0
UTL:220 Regulation and Measurement 3.0
WEL:303 Pipe Welding/SMAW 3.0
  Psychology Elective (transfer-level) 3.0

 

Term 3
CourseTitleCredits
UTL:210 Pipeline Integrity 3.0
UTL:300 Gas Utility Field Training III 5.0

 

Term 4
CourseTitleCredits
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0
ENV:115 Environmental Science 3.0
UTL:204 Electronic Controls 3.0
UTL:400 Gas Utility Field Training IV 4.0
WEL:200 Metallurgy Fundamentals 2.0

 

Term 5
CourseTitleCredits
GIS:111 Intro to Geographical Info Systems 3.0
UTL:240 OQ Modules (Operator Qualification) 3.0
UTL:250 Gas Utilities Internship 5.0

Note: Prior to the completion of Term 1, students are required to provide their program faculty with a copy of their First Aid/CPR certificate.

Employment Information

With an average annual income of $28,350 - $53,705 and a projected growth of 14.7%, the career outlook for Gas Utility Construction and Service graduates is growing.

Source: Institutional Effectiveness

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Employers of NICC Alumni

Black Hills Energy, Columbus, NE
Black Hills Energy, Dubuque, IA
Black Hills Energy, Denison, IA
Black Hills Energy, Decorah, IA
Black Hills Energy, Lake Mills, IA
Black Hills Energy, Spencer, IA
Infrasource, Des Moines, IA

Sample Job Titles

Community Service Technician
Gas Utility Welder

Additional Information

This program utilizes the NICC Gas Utility Training Field for coursework.

Contacts

Lenny Graves
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240
gravesl@nicc.edu

Robert Waechter
Gas Utilities Instructor
800.728.7367, ext. 388
waechterr@nicc.edu