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Gas Utility Technology Degree Option Program

Associate in Science

This curriculum map contains the new General Education Requirements and applies ONLY to students entering the program beginning fall 2019. Current students should log in to BHCC Self-Service to review their specific program requirements or contact LifeMap/Advising for more information. Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor.
Admission Requirements Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req
Diploma

Possess a High School diploma or GED

Work

Have the legal right to work in the United States

Application

Complete a Feeney Brothers Excavation, LLC application

Test

Take College Placement Test

MAT-099 Intermediate Algebra
3

Completion of MAT-099 or higher placement

ENG-095 Writing Skills II
3

Completion of ENG-095 or higher placement

Total Credits:
Semester 1 Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req
ENG-111 College Writing I
3

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

This course meets the General Education requirement for Academic Discourse.

(Formerly Area 1)

Prerequisites: RDG-095 or ESL-098 and ENG-095 or placement

CIT-113 Information Technology Problem Solving
3

Prerequisites: ESL-098 or RDG-095 or placement

MAT-193 Topics in Algebra and Trigonometry
3

Prerequisite: MAT-097 or placement

GUT-101 Introduction to the Utility Industry
4

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Prerequisites: Acceptance in the GUT program

Total Credits:
Semester 2 Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req
ENG-112 College Writing II
3

This course meets the General Education requirement for Research Writing.

(Formerly Area 1)

Prerequisite: ENG-111

PSY-107 Group Dynamics
3

This course meets the General Education requirement for Community & Cultural Contexts.

(Formerly Areas 2 and 3)

GUT-102 Gas Utility Technology I
4

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Prerequisites: GUT-101

EPU-101 DC Circuit Theory/Lab
4

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Total Credits:
Summer Semester Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req
GUT-299 Gas Utility Technology Summer Internship
3

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Prerequisite: GUT-101

Total Credits:
Semester 3 Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req
GenEd-E General Education Elective
3

This course meets the General Education requirement for General Education Elective.

Choose a course from the General Education Scientific Reasoning, Community/Cultural Contexts, Creative Work or Elective Menus.

MAT-194 College Algebra for STEM
4

This course meets the General Education requirement for Quantitative Problem Solving.

(Formerly Area 4)

Prerequisites: MAT-099 or placement

GenEd-CW Creative Work
3

This course meets the General Education requirement for Creative Work.

(Formerly Area 6)

Choose one course from Creative Work Menu

GUT-103 Gas Utility Technology II
4

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Prerequisite: GUT-102 and co-req GUT-104

GUT-104 Utility Regulations, Ethics and Safety Standards
3

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Prerequisites: GUT-101 and co-req GUT-103

Total Credits:
Semester 4 Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req
PHY-191 Introduction to Physics
4

This course meets the General Education requirement for Scientific Reasoning.

(Formerly Area 5)

Prerequisite: MAT-193 or placement

GUT-105 Leadership for the Utility Industry Professional
4

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Prerequisite: GUT-103 and GUT-104

MAN-215 Project Management
3

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Prerequisites: CIT-113 and GUT-105 and MAT-097 are pre/co-requisites only for students accepted in the GUT program or Chair approval

ENR-101 Introduction to Engineering/Lab
4

Prerequisite: pre/co-requisite of MAT-194

Total Credits:
Last Modified Date: April 22, 2019

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.

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).