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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 program, 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 program includes all of the necessary basic science and technology elements.

12 Months / 400 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment

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Natural Gas Plant Operations

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study at your own schedule

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Natural Gas Plant Operations Details + Objective

Course Code: GES719

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
Natural Gas Plant Operations 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.

Program 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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Natural Gas Plant Operations Requirements / Prerequisites

To enroll in this program, you should have basic computer skills and a high school diploma or the equivalent. This program is for you if you're seeking an entry-level position in the field of natural gas production.

This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers. To take this program, you'll need access to a computer with Internet and e-mail. No textbooks are required for this program; all your learning will take place online.

Natural Gas Plant Operations Frequently Asked Questions
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Do I have to buy additional materials?

All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, 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 program and financial obligation.

Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

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