Natural Gas
Natural Gas Technician Education Partnership

The Natural Gas Technician Education Partnership (NGTEP) funded by the National Science Foundation, addresses the direct educational pipeline of new technician workers needed to support the emerging natural gas industry. The direct workforce within the core industry is defined as those occupations included during exploration, drilling, operations and pipeline infrastructure development and maintenance. A challenge is supplying a consistent flow of a skilled workforce to serve the needs of this emerging Pennsylvania industry. This project will create an educational pipeline of skilled technicians.

Key activities in this three-year $882,134 project coordinated by Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College) include:

  • Curriculum modification in associate degree technician education courses and science courses at Penn College (18-24 courses in 9 majors and 2 science courses)
  • High school and career and technology dual enrollment in Penn College technician majors associated with natural gas in up to 20 schools in 20 counties
  • Recruitment of underrepresented students (minorities, first generation college students and young women) into dual enrollment and Penn College NGTEP majors
  • Statewide and national dissemination of project outcomes via developing national college partnerships, delivery of an annual conference, presentations at statewide conferences and development and maintenance of a web portal

The natural gas industry will be involved through quarterly review of goals and activities of the Partnership. Industry will provide guidance in curriculum enhancement and assist in identifying and clarifying careers and career pathways for technicians.

Annually, the project will deliver natural-gas-relevant technical courses to 205 high school dual enrollment students, 210 associate degree students and continuing education to 200 adults (professional development for secondary and postsecondary faculty).

Penn College majors (grouped by majors with shared technical courses) that potentially will include course modifications are:

  • Civil Engineering Technology; Surveying Technology
  • Diesel Technology; On-site Power Generation
  • Electrical Technology; Electromechanical Maintenance Technology; On-site Power Generation
  • Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology
  • Forest Technology
  • Heavy Construction Equipment Technology
  • Information Technology: Network Administration Emphasis
  • Science courses (Geology, Physics)
  • Welding Technology

Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program under Award No. 1003435. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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