Gas Utility Technology Degree Option Program
Associate in Science - Computer Information Technology Department
|Course Title||Course Number||Semester Taken||Credits||Prerequisites|
|Writing Skills II||ENG095||3||ENG090 or placement|
|Intermediate Algebra||MAT099||3||MAT097 or placement|
|GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES|
|College Writing I||ENG111||Semester I||3||ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement|
|College Writing II||ENG112||Semester II||3||ENG111|
|Individual and Society||PSY107 satisfies Area 2||Semester II||3|
|World View||From Area 3||Semester III||3|
|Quantitative Thought||MAT194||Semester III||4||MAT099 or placement|
|Science and Technology||Area 5 satisfied by program|
|Humanities||From Area 6||Semester III||3|
|IT Problem Solving||CIT113 satisfies learning communities requirement—see note*||Semester I||3||RDG090 and ENG090|
|Introduction to Physics/Lab||PHY191||Semester IV||4||MAT193 or placement|
|Topics in Algebra/Trigonometry||MAT193||Semester I||3||MAT097 or placement|
|Introduction to the Utility Industry||GUT101||Semester I||4||acceptance into GUT program|
|Gas Utility Technology I||GUT102||Semester II||4||GUT101|
|Gas Utility Technology II||GUT103||Semester III||4||GUT102;co-req GUT104|
|Utility Regulations, Ethics and Safety Standards||GUT104||Semester III||3||GUT101;co-req GUT103|
|Leadership for the Utility Industry Professional||GUT105||Semester IV||4||GUT103 and GUT104|
|Gas Utility Technology Summer Internship||GUT299||Summer||4||GUT101|
|Project Management||MAN215||Semester IV||3||CIT113 and MAT097 and GUT105*see note|
|Introduction to Engineering/Lab||ENR101||Semester IV||4||Pre/co-req MAT194|
|DC Circuit Theory AND Lab||EPU101||Semester II||4||Pre/co-req MAT193|
All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
*Note: CIT113 and GUT105 and MAT097 are prerequisites for MAN215 only for students accepted into the Gas Utility Degree Option Program.
The Gas Utility Technology Degree Option Program (GUT) is comprised of courses that will prepare students to obtain a laborer position with utility firms doing business in Massachusetts as well as out-of-state utility firms. In addition to lectures by subject area experts, the GUT courses include a lab component that provides hands-on demonstrations and opportunities to perform industry specific tasks to demonstrate competency under the supervision of faculty mentors. Students are exposed to the local, state and federal regulations and laws governing the utilities industry. Throughout the curriculum, students are required to successfully complete gas specific performance skills testing, proctored by the Northeast Gas Association, leading to the acquisition of 43 - 50 Operator Qualifications. Additionally, students will be required to ensure job safety through safe housekeeping practices and the successful completion of a CPR/First Aid license exam.
To ensure students are prepared for advancement in the utility industry, a leadership course is required to complete the program.
Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to enter the workforce as laborers in the utility industry.
Workforce shortages are predicted to occur both in Massachusetts and at out-of-state utilities. Based on the student’s grades, skills, and attitude, employment opportunities exist with Feeney Brothers Excavation LLC and other utility companies upon graduation. Current starting salary for laborers ranges from $32,000 - $45,000, and overtime is also compensated. There are opportunities for advancement to Gas Utility Operator ($46,000-$80,000), Gas Utility Foreman ($50,000-$90,000) and Gas Utility Supervisor ($52,000-$95,000).
Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:
- Explain the history and current state of the communication (fiber optics), electric, natural gas, steam and condensate, and water and sewer utilities.
- Demonstrate safe operation of heavy duty equipment and specialized tools through knowledge acquired in the lab.
- Successfully complete gas specific performance skills testing leading to the acquisition of 43 - 50 Operator Qualifications.
- Successfully complete an examination for CPR/First Aid.
- Demonstrate the ability to work in teams to accomplish a firm's objectives.
- Apply local, state and federal regulations and statutes to ensure regulatory compliance at job sites.
- Identify hazards and unsafe conditions at a job site and initiate corrective action in a timely manner.
- Utilize an understanding of electricity by applying risk assessment and taking remedial action as appropriate in situational analysis.
- Conduct research on current events, create a PowerPoint presentation, and articulate in a clear and concise manner how natural gas is transforming the way the world uses energy.
- Demonstrate the ability to use critical thinking skills, communicate effectively and collaborate with team members to achieve the organization's objectives.