• Gas Utility Construction and Service

    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.

Gas Utility Construction and Service

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Gas Utility Construction and Service

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.

PLEASE NOTE: The Gas Utility Construction and Service program will not be offered for the Fall 2018 semester. A start date for the program has not been determined. If you are interested in enrolling in the program, please email enroll@minnesota.edu.


First-year graduates launch into gas-industry careers

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.


Here's what you'll learn

  • Communication of technical information
  • Industry tool and equipment operation
  • Installation of propane gas distribution systems
  • Installation of natural gas distribution system
  • Operation of pipeline excavation equipment
  • Servicing of gas appliances
  • Maintenance of gas distribution systems
  • Process for securing a commercial driver's license


Why M State

M State's program is the only Gas Utility Construction and Service diploma program in Minnesota and North Dakota.

  • Ninety-acre training field
  • Hands-on instruction
  • Exceptional educational value
  • Small class sizes, personalized education
  • Industry support for program


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Gas Utility Construction and Service Diploma
Locations: Wadena

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Pipe Fitter and Steamfitter regional wage

Pipe Fitter and Steamfitter regional wage


Career opportunities

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.

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


Pipe Fitter and Steamfitter employment

Employed in your area
Estimated annual job openings
Approaching retirement age

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.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers* Bar Charts
under 25 166 11%
25-34 510 33%
35-44 379 24%
45-54 324 21%
55-64 158 10%
65+ 26 2%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics

Last modified: May 10th, 2016 at 04:15pm