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Energy Technician (Gas Plant Operators)

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At A Glance: Energy Technician (Gas Plant Operators)

Energy technicians distribute or process gas by controlling compressors to maintain pressures on pipelines. To do their job, technicians work with specialized equipment to monitor and control materials and processes. They record the results of inspections and tests conducted on equipment and materials. They work with other plant operators to ensure quality and safety of the processing plant. To become an energy technician requires at least a high school diploma and one to two years of on-the-job training. Some employers may require additional certifications or apprenticeship. Energy technicians earn approximately $34.17 an hour.

Entry Level Requirements

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High School Diploma

To become an energy technician requires at least a high school diploma. Some employers may require additional certifications or training.
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Oil/Gas & mining have

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companies making investments and competing for talent in our region.

How much can I make?

Hourly Rate: $22 - $48/HR.

Job Details: Energy Technician (Gas Plant Operators)

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Commonly Performed Tasks

There are many tasks that energy technicians must perform regularly. Technicians play a major role in distributing and processing gas for utility companies. They are responsible for controlling processes, monitoring equipment, and conducting quality assurance tests and recording results and data.
  • Monitor transportation and storage of flammable and other potentially dangerous products
  • Monitor equipment functioning and perform regular unit checks to ensure equipment is operating well
  • Control operation of equipment to liquefy, compress, or degasify natural gas
  • Start and shut down plant equipment
  • Record, review, and compile operations records, test results, and gauge readings

Required Job Skills

Energy technicians require specific skills, abilities and knowledge to do their jobs effectively. Because energy technicians work with flammable and potentially dangerous substances, they must place high value on safety and quality assurance by monitoring themselves, others, products and processes.
  • Know chemical properties and processes
  • Concentrate on a task without being distracted
  • Identify, analyze, and solve complex problems
  • Knowledge of materials, processes, and systems
  • Commitment to safety, quality, and precision

Education & Training Information

Programs and Opportunities

Stark State College
Program: Pipeline Technician
Certification: Certificate
Length: 1 Year
West Virginia Northern Community College
Program: Petroleum Technology
Certification: Certificate
Length: 1 Year
Pierpont Community & Technical College
Program: Petroleum Technology
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years
Community College of Allegheny County - West Hills Center
Program: Plastics Manufacturing Technology
Certification: Certificate
Length: 1 Year
Pierpont Community & Technical College
Program: Applied Process Technology - Advanced Manufacturing
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Program: Diesel Technician
Certification: Certificate
Length: 2 Years

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