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Natural Gas Compression Certificate

Do you like to work with your hands? Do you want to learn how to maintain and repair big engines? Maybe you work in the energy industry and need something extra to make you stand out. Then the Natural Gas Compression Certificate from San Juan College may be for you.

In just one year, SJC's program will get you job-ready for an in-demand job as natural gas compression technician or mechanic. Natural gas compression is used in the oil and gas industry, as well as in the growing hydrogen and helium industries. Learn how to operate, troubleshoot, and fix machinery that is in demand today and tomorrow.

By completing our certificate program, you can greatly increase your chances of being recruited by energy companies to work on compressors and compressor stations in New Mexico and all over the world. Develop important skills and experience with our hands-on curriculum. Learn more and apply now. 

Why Study Natural Gas Compression?

By earning a certificate in natural gas compression, you'll learn how to maintain and repair compressors. Compressors are machines that help extract and transport the various gases used to power our communities.

Compression technicians are in demand today as the energy industry continues to evolve. Currently, companies need technicians for oil and natural gas fields, but there is growing demand for the same skills for hydrogen, helium and carbon sequestration. By studying natural gas compression, you will show that you can maintain and repair complex machinery. In just one year, you can start a career in the energy industry as a compressor mechanic or technician. 

Why Enroll in the Natural Gas Compression Certificate Program at San Juan College?

Career Connections Within the Industry

Make valuable connections to help you gain an edge in the job market. SJC has long-standing relationships with local and global industry partners who visit our campus to recruit graduates. Companies from Alaska to our southern border recruit from the School of Energy regularly, so you can choose where you want to live and work.

We also can connect you with local internships so you can gain extra experience as you study. In fact, we often have more opportunities than students available, which shows you the great demand for compressor mechanics and technicians.

Firsthand Experience With Real Equipment

Build the skills you need to work in the energy industry through hands-on experience. Because of the generosity of our industry partners, SJC students train on actual compressors and engines, providing you with the training to jump-start your career.

Affordable Certificate Option

Because of SJC's low tuition rates, our certificate in natural gas compression technology is a great investment. You will receive a practical education in just one year. You may also qualify for NM Opportunity and Lottery Scholarships, through which you can get your degree or certificate tuition-free.

What You'll Learn in the Natural Gas Compression Certificate Courses

Prepare to work as a compressor mechanic or technician at natural gas compression stations. In our Natural Gas Compression Certificate program, you'll learn and build practical skills that make you an effective worker who can operate and troubleshoot machinery. Complete this program in two semesters.

Study all about natural gas engines and compressors in topics such as:

  • Engine and compressor troubleshooting
  • Natural gas compressor instrumentation and control
  • Natural gas engine auxiliary equipment
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Repair and overhaul
  • Safety

Natural Gas Compression Certificate Curriculum

Careers and Outcomes

Get ready for a compressor mechanic or technician career with SJC's certificate program. Your coursework and experience equips you with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the energy industry.

Compression technicians are in high demand. Employers in the energy industry frequently contact SJC to connect them to our students. You can find work in New Mexico, nationwide, and even globally. Because of your extensive training, you can expect to advance quickly in your career, resulting in higher pay and greater opportunities for professional growth. You will also be in a position to enter the emerging hydrogen, helium, and carbon sequestration industries.

Graduates of our program have gone on to work for:

  • Chevron
  • Enterprise Products
  • Phillips 66 

Next Steps

To enroll in the Natural Gas Compression Certificate program, you must first apply to San Juan College. It's easy, and you can apply online at any time!

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If you are already a student at San Juan College, talk to your advisor about our Natural Gas Compression Certificate.

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Phone: (505) 566-3320

West Classroom Complex,
Room 1911

M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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