What is Natural Gas Service Technician?
Gas technicians work in commercial establishments, industrial buildings, and residences to install, service, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair gas systems and appliances. The systems and appliances that gas technicians typically work on include boilers, ovens, central heating systems, gas fires, water heaters, shower units, and so on. Common duties of a gas technician include installing and connecting appliances to gas, water, and electrical supplies, performing maintenance checks on systems, testing safety devices and controls, identifying gas leaks, replacing or repairing parts, and recording details of repairs.
As part of the instruction, students complete job tasks in five functional areas of natural gas service:
1. Work related safety
2. Installing and maintaining customer service lines, and installing and maintaining meter and regulator sets
3. Installing gas operated equipment
4. Installing and inspecting gas distribution piping, and
5. Monitoring cathodic protection systems.
Classroom instruction and documented related skill performance prepares students to
perform job related tasks at the technician level.
To be successful in this program, students need to be good at solving problems and have ability in math and science. They also need a polite and friendly manner to work in customers' homes.
To become a gas service technician, students should have:
- Good practical skills
- Good communication, organizational and problem-solving skills
- Basic IT skills and good math skills for making calculations
- The ability to follow technical layouts and diagrams
- A polite, friendly and professional manner
- The ability to work alone or in a small team
- The confidence to make decisions and accept responsibility
- An awareness of safe working practices, industry regulations and environmental guidelines.
What classes do I have to take?
Some of the courses you will take include Basic Refrigeration, Commercial Refrigeration, Cooling and Dehumidification, Heating and Humidification, HVAC Electricity and Electrical Components.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
- Gas Service Technician Certificate
- Leakage and Corrosion Control Technician Certificate
- Measurement and Regulation Technician Certificate
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.