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Natural Gas Compression Technology Degree, AAS

Do you like to take things apart and put them back together? Do you want to work with machinery in a high-demand career? Then consider San Juan College's Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Natural Gas Compression Technology. You'll learn how to maintain and repair machinery in the current and evolving energy industry to become a compressor mechanic or technician.

Currently, there are not enough workers in this field, meaning you can earn a high salary and work locally or globally. Get the hands-on experience you need to start this career with SJC's two-year gas compressor technician training program. And with a degree, you will be positioned to move up quickly!

Why Earn a Natural Gas Compression Technology AAS?

Help meet the energy needs of communities worldwide by working in natural gas compression technology. Compressors are machines that help transport many different gases, such as hydrogen, helium, and natural gas from its extraction point to power plants, businesses, and homes. They ensure that the gas moves through pipelines at the correct pressure and remove any impurities as it passes through. By entering this field, you'll work as a compressor mechanic or technician who will help machines run efficiently.

An Associate of Applied Science in Natural Gas Compression provides more than job training. You’ll get a well-rounded education that develops your communication and critical thinking skills, positioning you for better-paying jobs and quicker promotions. Develop the skills you need to join the natural gas industry with a Natural Gas Compression Technology AAS.

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

Industry Partners

At SJC, you'll get the connections you need to begin your career. Our Natural Gas Compression Technology program has a long history of working with industry partners, which helps you gain an edge in the job market. You'll be introduced to local, national, and international companies that will recruit you. In addition, we often have more internship opportunities than we can fulfill, meaning that not only are your skills in demand, but you can earn while you learn!

Training on 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. That means you'll have the training to start in industry right away, as practical skills are in high demand and help jump-start your career.

Affordable Degree Option

Because of SJC's low tuition rates, our natural gas compression technology associate degree is a great investment. You will receive a top-notch education that combines classroom instruction with practical training so you can succeed in this industry. You may also qualify for NM Opportunity and Lottery Scholarships, through which you can get your degree tuition-free.

What You'll Learn in the Natural Gas Compression Technology Program

Learn the foundational skills you need to work at natural gas compression stations. With a Natural Gas Compression Technology AAS degree, you can become a highly valued compressor technician or mechanic who can repair and maintain engines and compressors.

Study important topics, such as:

  • Electrical diagnostics for natural gas compression
  • Instrumentation for natural gas compression
  • Natural gas auxiliary equipment
  • Natural gas engine and compressor theory
  • Preventative maintenance on engines and compressors
  • Repair and overhaul of engine and compressor equipment
  • Safety in the natural gas industry
  • Troubleshooting engine and compressor equipment

You will also take Energy Core and general education courses as part of your degree requirements.

  • Energy Core requirements: Gain a broad overview of different sectors of the energy industry.
  • General education: Take courses that give you a well-rounded education, such as Technical Composition and a laboratory science course.

Natural Gas Compression Technology Curriculum

Careers and Outcomes

At SJC, you'll develop the skills and knowledge you need to excel in the energy industry. There is an immediate need for workers in the field of compression maintenance and repair. Employers regularly contact San Juan College to help connect them with our students. You can expect to find career opportunities in the local area, across the state, nationally, and globally.

Because you enter the industry with solid fundamental knowledge, you will earn quick promotions, leading to higher pay. Your skills also help you to enter the growing 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 Technology 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 Associate of Applied Science in Natural Gas Compression Technology.

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