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Gas Utility Technology Degree Option Program

Associate in Science -  Computer Information Technology Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Writing Skills II ENG095 3 ENG090 or placement
Intermediate Algebra MAT099 3 MAT097 or placement
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
Total Credits 63
Last Modified Date: May 4, 2017

Additional Information

Division: Professional Studies

Department: Computer Information Technology

Degree Type: Associate in Science

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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.

Option Overview

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.

Career Outlook

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.