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High School Diploma or GED
Pass Pre-Employment Tests and Become a
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Educational Opportunities for Advancement
Crew Assistant
6 Months
Crew Mechanic/Storeroom Technician
  • Associate's Degree
  • Long-Term On-the-Job Training
2 Years
Machine Operator
  • Long-Term On-the-Job Training
  • Experience in Position
3 Years
Crew Leader
  • Long-Term On-the-Job Training
6 Years
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Long-Term On-the-Job Training
7 Years
What will you do?
What competencies will you need? (built on energy foundational competencies—incremental as career advances)
Note: Most utilities use a pre-employment test—to pass you will need math, communications, problem solving, and mechanical reasoning skills.

Starting off as a Crew Assistant:

  • Provide assistance to crew by providing tools and equipment
  • Make work area safe
  • Drive equipment to job site
  • Teamwork
  • Drive heavy commercial vehicles
  • Lift 75 lbs
  • Listen and follow directions
  • Come to work on time and prepared
  • Be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Math skills including algebra, trig, and geometry

Apprenticeship Training Components:

  • Understand fundamentals of Alternating Current / Direct Current
  • Demonstrate ability to fuse plastic pipe
  • Operate backhoes and other trenching equipment
  • Identify components and maintenance of valves
  • Assemble and secure pipe
  • Identify the necessary steps for the manual or remote opening and/or closing of a valve or other equipment
  • Use appropriate equipment to locate gas mains and services
  • Demonstrate skills learned in apprenticeship training on the job
  • Dig trenches and make work area safe
  • Understand the relationship of physical objects to one another in order to visualize how such objects act together

Crew Mechanic:

  • Prepare trenches for laying pipes
  • Lay pipes for gas lines
  • Fuse plastic pipe together
  • Install and repair both high and low pressure pipe systems
  • Install automatic controls used to regulate gas systems
  • Define how the various parts of systems interact (e.g., parts of the distribution systems) and diagnose the effect on the system of changes or malfunctions in its parts
  • Solve problems involving limited options by applying common sense understandings such as selecting the correct cutting tool or proper gauge of wire for a job
  • Listen to and understand customer needs
  • Estimate the size, length, or quantity of objects, as in selecting the proper wrench for a bolt, or choose the size of fitting required

Crew Leaders:

  • Determine schedules and work activities of crew members
  • Check for unsafe work conditions
  • Communicate effectively with others, including customers, crew members, and supervisors
  • Deal with potentially stressful situations
  • People management
  • Communications skills
  • Assign priority or sequence to the steps for completing a job
  • Coordinate several, competing activities for efficient use of time and material
  • Adapt work procedures or priorities in response to changing or unforeseen requirements or conditions


  • Schedule and oversee work of line crews
  • Review crew member performance and provide feedback
  • Prepare and manage budgets
  • Report to management
  • Teamwork
  • Financial management
  • Computer skills for report preparation
  • People management

Energy Industry Competency Model

competency model

Energy industry careers offer:
  • Excellent salaries
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Job growth & stability
  • Community service
  • Great benefits

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