students touring natural gas facility

Natural Gas Transmission & Distribution

There are many opportunities in the Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution industry for those with a strong technical background. A degree 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 corrosion control, gas measurement, instrumentation and electrical controls, pipeline construction, and programmable logic controller (PLC) programming.

The Transmission & Distribution Technician program provides training in comprehensive gas industry technologies recommended by regional gas pipeline companies. A 35-credit hour certificate and a 64-credit Associate of Applied Science degree are available.

Barton graduate making nearly six-figure salary with two-year degree: natural gas industry in need of skilled workers


Getting Started

Get started with the Natural Gas program by starting the application process!

Why Barton? 

  • 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 16 weeks. Class sessions meet Monday-Friday (all day each day)
  • Additional certificate training and an Associate of Applied Science degree available
  • Students recruited right out of the classroom by industry
  • Hands-on training
  • Paid internships/apprenticeships


Curriculum Guides
Curriculum Guides

Curriculum Guides: Students who enrolled in their program prior to Fall 2020 should use should use the 2018-2020 Curriculum Guides. Newly admitted or returning re-admitted students for Fall 2020 or later should use the 2020-2022 Curriculum Guides.
2018-2020 Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution (35 credit hours) 
2020-2022 Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution (35 credit hours) 

Associate of Applied Science (64 hour - Two-Year, Non-Transfer degree) 
2018-2020 Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution (Degree Guide)  
2018-2020 Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution (Semester Guide) 
2020-2022 Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution (Degree Guide) 

Check out the Course Search for a full listing of courses available.

Natural Gas Admission Application Process
Natural Gas Admission Application Process

Getting Started - Step by Step

  1. Complete Barton Admissions Form.  If you are a current student with a different major, you must also complete the Request for Advisor Form - visit the Academic Advising webpage for more information. Please visit the Business Office to complete a Completion Intent Form and submit to Financial Aid. View the Getting Started Guide.
  2. Submit documentation that shows eligibility for Technical Math and Business English. If you need to take one of the placement tests, please contact the Learning Resource Center on campus to make an appointment. No fee for the test.
  3. Submit completed transcript(s) - Completed transcripts must be mailed directly to Barton Admissions Office to be considered official. Unofficial transcripts can be used for advising and obtaining academic information (GPA, ACT Scores, etc)
  4. Housing Application - If housing is required, submit the housing application and deposit early to get your first choice! 
  5. Financial Aid - Never rule out the cost of going to college. Visit for federal assistance. If you plan to pay as you go, the Tuition Payment Plan may be an option. Visit the Financial Aid page for more scholarships and aid information.
  6. Work hard. Have fun. Graduate!

For general Admissions questions, please contact the Admissions Office at (800) 722-6842 or (620) 792-9286, or visit the Admissions page.

Job Opportunities and Industry Partners
Job Opportunities and Industry Partners

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.

Find information below on Natural Gas related Job Opportunities and Industry Partners.

Job Opportunities

Check out for a full list of Natural Gas job opportunities!

Industry Partners

Learn more about Industry Partners by clicking on the links to visit their websites below.

Access Midstream 
Atmos Energy 
Chesapeake Energy 
Colorado Natural Gas 
Kinder Morgan 
MidAmerican Energy 
Midwest Energy 
Northern Natural Gas 
Southern Star 
Spectra Energy 
Tall Grass Energy 

Occupational Outlook
Occupational Outlook
  • 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.
  • Persons with college training or advanced technical education will have the best employment opportunities

Career Options

  • Plant Operator, Compressor Operator, Field Operator, Liquefied Natural Gas Plant Operator (LNG Plant Operator), Pipeline Technician, Production Technician, Pipeline Systems Operator.