There are many opportunities in the Gas Measurement industry for those with a strong technical background. A certificate from Barton Community College gives the individual the skills necessary for employment with minimal "on the job training” by the company. Technicians are needed for the installation, maintenance, operation and accuracy of custody transfer natural measurement and control facilities
The 30-credit hour Gas Measurement Technician certificate utilizes curriculum that is owned and maintained by the Gas Measurement Training Council of the Southern Gas Association and focuses on in depth measurement and instrumentation technologies. A mobile training trailer provides Gas Measurements students with relevant hands-on training on equipment that is currently used in the field.
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- Industry driven program and curriculum
- Faculty and trainers directly from industry
- Technology driven program; cutting edge equipment
- Accelerated program – students complete initial certificate training in 11 weeks. Class sessions meet Monday-Friday (all day each day)
- Students recruited right out of the classroom by industry
- Hands-on training
Occupational Outlook Information
- High Demand, High Skill, High Wage Occupation
- Nearly half of the utilities workforce will be nearing retirement age within the next 10 years, resulting in excellent opportunities for qualified entrants.
- Technicians assist with configuring, maintaining and troubleshooting flow measurement systems.
- Persons with college training or advanced technical education will have the best employment opportunities
Potential employers include natural gas producers/operators, midstream gathering and processing companies, pipeline and storage companies, local utilities/distribution companies and the petro-chemical industry.
Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-2009 Edition
- Median Wages (2013) $26.16 hourly, $54,420 annual
- Employment (2014) 45,600 employees
- Projected Need (2012-2022) 15% increase
Source: O-Net Online
The transportation system for natural gas consists of a complex network of pipelines, designed to quickly and efficiently transport natural gas from its origin, to areas of high natural gas demand. Transportation of natural gas is closely linked to its storage, as well; should the natural gas being transported not be required at that time, it can be put into storage facilities for when it is needed.
Distribution is the final step in delivering natural gas to end users. While some large industrial, commercial, and electric generation customers receive natural gas directly from high capacity interstate and intrastate pipelines (usually contracted through natural gas marketing companies), most others users receive natural gas from a local distribution company (LDC). LDCs are companies involved in the delivery of natural gas to consumers within a specific geographic area.
Gas Measurement (30 credit hours)