Prepare for a career in the natural gas industry in Minnesota’s and North Dakota’s only diploma program in Gas Utility Construction and Service. Learn the skills you’ll need for jobs in one of the nation’s most technologically intensive industries.
At M State, you will be trained to install, maintain and operate the high- and low-pressure natural gas distribution systems that supply residential, commercial and industrial customers. The 32-credit diploma program, offered on our Wadena campus, was created in 2015 in response to strong industry demand for trained gas technicians throughout the region.
This program is eligible for the Minnesota Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.
There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.
For more information on student eligibility, visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322 or download the elgible program list.
May 10, 2016
Each of the students had his own reasons for enrolling in the Gas Utility Construction and Service program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College last fall, but all are leaving with something in common: a job.
This year's six-man graduating class was the first for the 32-credit diploma program, which began in the fall of 2015 on M State's Wadena campus.
Read more about the Gas Utility program's first-year graduates and their job opportunities with the industry partners who inspired and continue to support the M State program.
M State's program is the only Gas Utility Construction and Service diploma program in Minnesota and North Dakota.
Gas Utility Construction and Service Diploma
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.
Pipe Fitter and Steamfitter regional wage
Graduates will find career opportunities in pipe fitting and steamfitting, gas construction mechanics, gas meter mechanics, gas service mechanics, gas clerk estimation, gas regulator maintenance mechanics, gas appliance repair, and underground facilities.
Description: Lay out, assemble, install, or maintain pipe systems, pipe supports, or related hydraulic or pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, sprinkling, or industrial production or processing systems.
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The wage & employment data displayed on this page is taken from Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters (SOC 47-2152).
All career data is set to your current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Wadena
The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.
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* Based on county-level occupational demographics
Last modified: May 10th, 2016 at 04:15pm