Natural Gas Compression Plan of Study

Associate in Applied Science (73 credit hours)

Semester 1: 16 Hours
SEIM 1103 Fundamentals of Maintenance
Students will gain a basic understanding of the natural gas industry by tracing the flow of gas from the well to the end user. The course includes natural gas properties, equipment identification and function, safety, OSHA, EPA, Hazardous Materials, and Waste regulations. Tools, fasteners, pipe, pipe fittings, valves, tubing, tubing fittings and precision measurements will be studied. Students will take a technical pretest to determine their entry-level technical knowledge. Theory/Lab.
SEGC 1123 Engine Principles
This course is a study of operation and application of two and four stroke cycle engines to include engine cooling and lubrication systems, lube oil analysis, startup procedures, tune-up procedures, preventive and predictive maintenance. Proper alignment and installation of large stationary engines will be included. Theory/Lab.
SEGC 1133 Advanced Engine Technology
This course introduces overhaul procedures for reciprocating natural gas engines. This includes disassembly, inspection, measurements, failure analysis, and reassembly. The use of hand tools, special tools, precision measurement tools, shop safety, and usage of manuals is stressed throughout the course. Theory/Lab.
GTGE 1111 College Cornerstone
MATH 2003 Business Mathematics
CS 1013 Computer Literacy & Applications
Semester 2: 15 Hours
SEGC 1213 Engine Air, Fuel & Starting Systems
Students will study the intake, exhaust, fuel and starting systems plus mechanical and hydraulic governors used on natural gas engines including an introduction to air/fuel ratio control systems. Theory of operation and development of skills in the repair, adjustment and testing of the component parts of these systems is also included. The effects of fuel properties, air/fuel ratio, and emissions on both rich burn and lean burn natural gas engines will be studied. Theory/Lab. Prerequisites: SEGC 1123, SEGC 1133.
SEGC 12X3 Gas Compressors
This course introduces the theory, application, maintenance, and repair of the reciprocating, rotary, and centrifugal natural gas compressor including operating principles, identification of the component parts and their functions, design characteristics, methods of balancing, and lubrication systems. Calculations of gas flow, rod loads, compressor sizing, horsepower ratings and compressor analysis charts will be included. Safety, precision measurement, use of the manuals, use of tools, and proper adjustments will be included with overhaul exercises. Theory/Lab.
SEGC 1233 Instrumentation & Controls
This course is the study of basics of pneumatics, electrical analog and digital modes of control; and hands-on practical exercises in calibrating, tuning, aligning and troubleshooting. Data acquisition and data communications are also included. Theory/Lab.
HIST 1493 U.S. History Since 1865
ENGL 1033 Technical Writing 1 (or)
ENGL 1113 Freshman Comp 1
Semester 3: 18 Hours
SEIM 1123 DC/AC Circuit Analysis
This course covers the basic principles of DC/AC electrical circuits. Subjects to be included: operating characteristics of the circuits various components, electrical laws, series circuits, parallel circuits, series-parallel circuits, magnetism, impedance, and resonance. Theory/Lab.
SEIM 2423 Electronic Control Devices
This course is a comprehensive study of the principles and techniques of electromechanical devices such as switches, circuit protection devices, relays, and solenoids. In addition, the course will cover the national electric code, ladder logic and wiring diagrams. Theory/Lab.
SEIM 2433 Motors & Controls
This course is a study of the operation, design and analysis of various DC motors, AC motors, Power Transformers and AC power generators. This course also covers load requirements and sharing, environmental conditions, national electrical code, generator operation, and electric motor and generator wiring diagram. Theory/Lab. Prerequisite: DHEG 1323.
ENGL 2033 Technical Writing II (or)
ENGL 1213 Freshman Comp II
POLS 1113 U. S. Government
SPCH 1113 Introduction to Speech
Semester 4: 15 Hours
SEIM 2513 Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)
This course is a study of PLC programming, PLC ladder logic diagrams, sensor input, output, control devices, rack configuration and programming rungs with addresses. PLC configuration and troubleshooting techniques are also covered. Theory/Lab. Prerequisites: SEGC 2423
SEGC 2523 Engine Electrical
Students will study the theory and application of the ignition systems from magnetos to CPUs, electronic governors, air fuel ratio control systems and control panels used on natural gas engines with emphasis on maintenance, diagnostics, and repair of the systems and components. Theory/Lab. Prerequisites: SEGC1213, SEGC 2423.
SEIM 2533 Industrial Maintenance Capstone
Students research employability skills, prepare and critique job applications, resumes, interview skills and portfolios. During preparation of the resumes and portfolios students will review and be tested over all previous technical classes and discuss how to best present the knowledge and skills acquired in the previous classes. This class prepares students for internship and full time employment at natural gas compression facilities. Theory/Lab. Prerequisites: SEGC 2413.
PHIL 1213 Ethics
BADM 1113 Introduction to Business
Semester 5: 9 Hours
SEGC 2609 Internship
An internship is a cooperative agreement between industry and education which allows students to utilize and refine skills previously learned in their educational process. All work is to be performed in accordance with industry standards and guidelines and will be supervised by industry and school representatives. Lab. Prerequisites: Student must be in good academic standing and have successfully completed all required Natural Gas, and Arts and Sciences courses. Exceptions only with written approval of Natural Gas Compression faculty and School of Engineering & Construction Technologies Dean.