Natural Gas Field Technician Certificate

Program Overview

The Natural Gas Field Technician Certificate program is offered in collaboration with Eversource Energy.

The natural gas industry is experiencing tremendous growth in meeting and serving the energy demands of homeowners, businesses, and municipalities across Connecticut. Expanding access to natural gas and accelerated replacement programs have driven a higher demand for skilled resources to construct, maintain, and service the natural gas infrastructure.

Middlesex Community College is partnering with Eversource Energy to deliver a program specifically designed to help develop the future workforce needed in this growing field.

Experienced natural gas industry instructors will teach classes at the Eversource training facility in nearby Berlin, Conn. Students will develop the fundamental skills required to safely and efficiently install and maintain gas distribution facilities, including the proper use of tools and equipment. They will also build a strong working knowledge of approved industry practices. Working in the natural gas industry is a physically demanding job encompassing a variety of physical tasks, including bending, twisting, lifting, digging, and carrying equipment.

As a selective admissions program, students must follow the application process and meet all deadlines. Applications close on July 20, 2018.

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Program Costs: $2,999 includes textbook, program materials, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Payment plan is available.

Fall 2018 Courses

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Schedule:

8/21                 Tuesday            5:30–8:30 p.m.                Orientation to Program              Eversource

8/23                 Thursday          5–9 p.m.                             CPR, AED, First Aid                   MxCC

8/28                 Tuesday            4:30–10 p.m.                     OSHA 10                                       MxCC

8/30                 Thursday          4:30–10 p.m.                      OSHA 10                                      MxCC

9/4 – 11/13     Tues., Thurs.    5:30–8:30 p.m.                  Field Tech Training                   Eversource

9/22                 Saturday           8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.                Field Tech Training                   Eversource

10/6                 Saturday           8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.                Field Tech Training                   Eversource

10/20               Saturday           8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.                Field Tech Training                   Eversource

11/3                 Saturday           8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.                Field Tech Training                    Eversource

Rain Dates: 9/29, 10/13, 10/27

Program Requirements

  1. High school diploma or GED
  2. Valid driver’s license
  3. Application
  4. Accuplacer Assessment – Students may submit SAT/ACT scores or college transcripts in lieu of taking the Accuplacer Assessment.
  5. Clean criminal background – a background check will be performed.
  6. Fitness for Duty – screening will be done including alcohol and drug screening.
  7. Interview

Application Process

The Natural Gas Field Technician Certificate is a selective admission program. Students must follow the steps of admission as directed, submit an application, and complete placement testing in order to be considered for entry into the program.

The deadline for applying to the Fall 2018 program is July 20, 2018. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered. The most-qualified applications will advance to pre-admission screening, which is the second phase of the admission process. Applicants who pass the pre-admission screening will be considered for the program.

Step 1   Application
Complete the application and return it to:

MxCC Enrollment Services
100 Training Hill Road
Middletown, CT  06457

Step 2   Transcripts
Submit proof of high school or GED completion. Students who have a college or university degree may submit proof of their degree completion in lieu of a high school diploma.

Step 3  Driver’s License
Submit proof of a valid driver’s license.

Step 4  Accuplacer Assessment
To schedule an appointment, please visit mxcc.edu/accuplacer. Students may submit SAT/ACT scores or college transcripts in lieu of taking the Accuplacer Assessment. Walk-in testing days will be posted soon. If you have difficulty scheduling an appointment please contact the Academic Success Center at 860-343-5770 or Diane Bordonaro at 860-343-5716.

The deadline to take the Accuplacer is July 27, 2018.  Students who have not taken the placement test by this date will not be considered for the program.

Step 5   Prepare for the Accuplacer
Read all of the information on the Accuplacer Study Links web page. Take the sample tests provided on the page. We highly recommend downloading the Accuplacer App to your phone

Step 6  Show up for Your Appointment
Come in well rested and prepared to do your best on assessment day! Bring your ID.

Students who complete the Six Steps will receive notification of the status in the selective admission process. Students should also have their funding in place if they are selected for the program.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate program, graduates will be ready for entry-level employment in the natural gas energy industry. Students who complete the program will earn the following credentials:

  • College Certificate — Natural Gas Field Technician Certificate
  • CPR, AED, First Aid certification from the American Heart Association
  • OSHA 10 — Students will receive the industry-recognized Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration General Industry card.
  • Commercial Driver License Permit Ready — This program prepares students for the permit test required to obtain a CDL.
  • Job interview with Eversource Energy

2017 Median Pay: $54,190 per year and $26.05 per hour (https://www.bls.gov/)

Job Outlook: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that occupations in this field are expected to grow much faster than average with a projected change of 16 percent from 2016 to 2026. (https://www.bls.gov/)

This program is presented in partnership with the following:

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