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Natural Gas Transmission & Distribution

There are many opportunities in the Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution industry for those with a strong technical background. A degree from Barton Community College gives the individual the skills necessary for employment with minimal "on the job training” by the company. Technicians are needed for corrosion control, gas measurement, instrumentation and electrical controls, pipeline construction, and programmable logic controller (PLC) programming. Request a Program Brochure

The Transmission & Distribution Technician program provides training in comprehensive gas industry technologies recommended by regional gas pipeline companies. A 35-credit hour certificate and a 64-credit Associate of Applied Science degree are available.

Barton graduate making nearly six-figure salary with two-year degree: natural gas industry in need of skilled workers

Why Barton? 

  • Industry driven program and curriculum
  • Faculty and trainers directly from industry
  • Technology driven program; cutting edge equipment
  • Accelerated program – students complete initial certificate training in 16 weeks. Class sessions meet Monday-Friday (all day each day)
  • Additional certificate training and an Associate of Applied Science degree available
  • Students recruited right out of the classroom by industry
  • Hands-on training
  • Paid internships/apprenticeships


Degree Maps
Degree Maps

Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution - (35 credit hours) 

Associate of Applied Science (64 hour - Two-Year, Non-Transfer degree) 
Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution 

View the full list of Curriculum Guides (applicable for students admitted prior to Fall 2024) and Degree Maps (applicable for students admitted Fall 2024 and after).

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Job Opportunities and Industry Partners
Job Opportunities and Industry Partners

The natural gas transportation system consists of a complex pipeline network designed to quickly and efficiently transport natural gas from its origin to areas of high demand. The storage of natural gas is linked to its transportation. Should the natural gas being transported not be required immediately, it is held at storage facilities until needed.

Distribution is the final step in delivering natural gas to end-users. Many large industrial, commercial, and electric energy consumers receive natural gas directly via high-capacity pipelines. The resource delivery is usually contracted through natural gas marketing companies. Most users, however, receive natural gas from a local distribution company (LDC). LDCs are companies involved in resource delivery to consumers within a specific geographic area.

Find information below on Natural Gas related Job Opportunities and Industry Partners.

Job Opportunities

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Industry Partners

Learn more about Industry Partners by clicking on the links to visit their websites below.

Atmos Energy 
Chesapeake Energy 
Colorado Natural Gas 
Kinder Morgan 
Midwest Energy 
Southern Star 
Northern Natural Gas 
Williams Energy
Tallgrass Energy 
Black Hill Energy 
Superior Midstream 
DCP Midstream 
Energy Transfer 
Enterprise Products 

Occupational Outlook
Occupational Outlook
  • High Demand, High Skill, High Wage Occupation
  • Nearly half of the utilities workforce will be nearing retirement age within the next 10 years, resulting in excellent opportunities for qualified entrants.
  • Persons with college training or advanced technical education will have the best employment opportunities

Career Options

  • Plant Operator, Compressor Operator, Field Operator, Liquefied Natural Gas Plant Operator (LNG Plant Operator), Pipeline Technician, Production Technician, Pipeline Systems Operator.