Natural Gas Boot Camp
The natural gas boot camp consists of a ten-week program that incorporates the Energy Industry Fundamentals, resume and interviewing skills, and natural gas technician specific skills such as safety, piping, valves, excavation, customer service, and corrosion. The program is an introductory course for individuals who are interested in the natural gas industry, but have limited knowledge of the work. The program will provide students with an understanding of the principles of natural gas, how to use natural gas in a manner that is safe for the public, and the types of tools and equipment used in the industry.
Below is a description of each of the modules that are included in the program, listed in the recommended order of presentation. The program is an instructor-led online program available from the Midwest Energy Association (MEA) through the Center for Energy Workforce Development’s (CEWD) curriculum website.
MEA will manage the registration for the program. To register to teach the program, please visit the MEA website.
Energy Industry Fundamentals
Course: Energy Industry Fundamentals (Optional but Recommended)
Energy Industry Fundamentals provides a broad understanding of the electric and natural gas utility industry and the energy generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure, commonly called the “largest machine in the world,” which forms the backbone for the industry. The course includes business models, regulations, types of energy and their conversion to useable energy such as electric power, how generated power is transmitted and distributed to the point of use, emerging technologies, and the connection to careers in the energy industry. There are seven course modules which may be offered separately or as a certificate program totaling approximately 130 hours of instruction. Five of the modules are designed to be taught in person in a classroom setting (either high school or community college) and include Instructor Guides, Student Guides, and PowerPoint presentations. Modules 6 and 7 are online modules that can be used in a classroom setting, but are also effective for students to explore on their own. The curriculum is available at no charge on the CEWD curriculum website.
1. Instructor Guides
Principles of Natural Gas:
Hand and Power Tools:
Excavation and Backfilling:
Locating Gas Structures:
1. Instructor Guides
Get Into Energy Test Prep Workshop:
The Get Into Energy Test Prep Workshop is a structured instructor-led program that provides candidates the opportunity to not only learn more about pre-employment testing, but to experience it firsthand. Candidates are exposed to the types of problems they will encounter in real-life testing situations, including being timed while taking practice tests. They also learn strategies for solving the types of questions they will encounter on the EEI CAST, MASS, and POSS tests.
The workshop is best suited for candidates that have already been screened and either have work experience similar to the positions for which they may qualify through the CAST, MASS, and POSS tests or have recently been through some type of education or training experience to prepare them for these positions. It should be the offered to individuals who have gone through the company qualifying process and are ready to take the pre-employment test.
The workshop is approximately 20-25 hours in length, depending on which pre-employment test is the focus, and should be completed 2-3 weeks in advance of the testing date. This allows candidates to continuing preparing for the test, utilizing the resources provided at the workshop. The workshop is modular, so the program format is flexible and can be taught bootcamp-style or over a longer period of time.
For more information on the Get Into Energy Test Prep Workshop and/or to schedule an orientation session, contact Valerie Taylor at email@example.com.
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