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Natural Gas Plant Operations

Natural gas plant operators monitor and control the systems and equipment that take gas from its natural state and convert it into a useable product. Your job is to ensure that the gas produced is free of impurities. The purified gas is then separated into products such as ethane, propane, butane, and methane. You’ll also be responsible for the flow of this processed gas into the pipelines that carry it to the various industries and homes that use it for fuel. In addition, you’ll make gas flow changes to the supply system to keep pace with customer demands.

Natural gas plant operators earn above-average wages and enjoy good job security and potential to advance into supervisory or management positions. This is a user-friendly course, designed for people who have no prior exposure to technical aspects of hydrocarbons, energy, or industrial processes. No prior science or math education is necessary; the course includes all of the necessary basic science and technology elements.

12 Months / 400 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

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George Mason University

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Learning Method

Instructor-led

Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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Natural Gas Plant Operations

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES719

What You Will Learn
  • Master basic math, physics, and chemistry knowledge necessary for a gas plant operator
  • Understand safety as it relates to gas plant production
  • Describe basic elements of electricity
  • Read technical process drawings
  • Describe basic operational elements of lubrication and centrifugal pumps
  • Understand how natural gas is found in nature and how gas wells are developed
  • Describe how natural gas compression and refrigeration systems work
  • Determine various methods used to purify natural gas
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 400 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Develop the knowledge and skills you'll need to begin a career in natural gas plant operations
  • Learn what to expect when working at a natural gas plant
  • Refine your skills in mathematics and science that will be used on the job
  • Set yourself apart from competitors by taking an online course to prove your interest

Outline

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Fundamentals

Begin the course by learning about basic plant operations. You’ll cover what to expect as an entry-level worker in the field, as well as best safety, hazard communications, and lockout-tagout tactics.

Math

Review the math subjects that will be used on the job. This course will cover three sections of mathematics, and the formulas will become more advanced as you go.

Physics

Dive in to Applied Physics and learn everything you need to know to successfully work in natural gas plant operations as it pertains to science.

Electrical Safety

Cover best practices for electrical safety, including electricity needs for operators and technicians. You’ll also learn about heat exchangers, lubrication and bearings, industrial valves, and compressed air.

Processes

Understand fundamental processes that you’ll apply on the job. Learn about basic process instrumentation and control, how to read process drawings, pump fundamentals, and how to operate centrifugal pumps.

Refining and Natural Gas

Receive an introduction to refining petroleum and distillation technology. Continue on to cover the basics of natural gas and drilling, and finally, you’ll finish the course by learning about additional gas plant operations.

Details
  1. Basic Safety
  2. Basic Hazard Communication
  3. Basic Lockout-Tagout
  4. Math 1000: Basic Math 1
  5. Math 2000: Basic Math 2
  6. Math2500: Basic Math 3
  7. Applied Physics 1
  8. Applied Physics 2
  9. Applied Physics 3
  10. Heat Exchangers
  11. Lubrication and Bearings
  12. Electrical Safety
  13. Electricity for Operators and Technicians
  14. Industrial Valves
  15. Compressed Air
  16. How to Read Process Drawings
  17. Basic Process Instrumentation and Control
  18. Pump Fundamentals
  19. Centrifugal Pumps - Operation
  20. Refining 1000: Introduction to Petroleum Refining
  21. Refining 2000: Distillation Technology
  22. Natural Gas 1000: Introduction to Natural Gas
  23. Natural Gas 2000: Introduction to Drilling
  24. Natural Gas 3000: Gas Plant Operations 1
  25. Natural Gas 3500: Gas Plant Operations 2
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Instructors & Support

No instructor

This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

This course is for you if you're seeking an entry-level position in the field of natural gas production.

To enroll in this course, you should have basic computer skills and a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course must be taken on a PC. A Mac is not compatible.

Software Requirements: 

  • Windows XP or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

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Does this course prepare for a certification?

No.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion. In addition, you will receive an exam voucher for the TAP (Travel Agent Proficiency) test, offered by the Travel Institute (formerly ICTA), after successful completion of the course and financial obligation.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance

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