The natural gas compression technology program offered by Seward County Community College prepares students for entrance into the natural gas industry as entry-level maintenance technicians. Through cooperation with regional natural gas industry leaders, SCCC is able to provide students with the most up-to-date training required by this dynamic industry. The natural gas industry has long been a major employer within the Liberal, Kansas area and the larger region as a whole.

Students in the natural gas compression technology program learn precision measurement, workplace skills, engine theory, basic electricity and circuits, metal fabrication, basic welding, repairing compressors and engines, compressor theory, mounting and aligning compressors, and preventative maintenance of engines and compressors. Our students participate in an internship at the end of their program of study to prepare them for the workforce and give them experience working with a company in the industry.

The natural gas compression technology program is located in the energy sector of the auto body building and includes many opportunities for hands-on learning, from small three-cylinder engines to large 12-cylinder engines and both reciprocating compressors as well as screw compressors. Students may also be able to participate in additional hands-on opportunities including an operating engine and compressor packages. These packages connect to pipelines to allow students real-world experiences with natural gas engines and compressors before going into the field. The packages even allow for faults to be interjected so that students can learn troubleshooting and resolution techniques. The hands-on experiences that our facilities provide allow for students to directly apply the knowledge gained in the classroom and prepare for their future in the workforce.


Suggested courses and information provided on curriculum pages are not to be used in place of academic advisement from the student's assigned advisor. Students should always visit with an advisor before enrollment to ensure selected options contribute to the overall course of study, academic schedule, and student success.

NGCT Certificate of Completion - one year program

Suggested courses:

  • NGCT Orientation 2 credit hours
  • Engine Theory 3 credit hours
  • Introduction to Natural Gas 2 credit hours
  • Precision Measurement 2 credit hours
  • Workplace Skills 2 credit hours
  • OSHA 10 Safety 1 credit hour
  • Electrical A/DC Circuits 3 credit hours
  • Applied Metal Fabrication 3 credit hours
  • Introduction to Welding 1 credit hour
  • Cutting Processes 3 credit hours
  • Compressor Overhaul I 3 credit hours
  • Compressor Overhaul II 3 credit hours
  • Engine Overhaul I 3 credit hours
  • Compressor Theory 2 credit hours
  • Compressor Mounting & Alignment 4 credit hours
  • Engine Preventative Maintenance 2 credit hours
  • Compressor Preventative Maintenance 2 credit hours
  • Principles of Troubleshooting 3 credit hours
  • First-Year Seminar 1 credit hour
  • Internship 3 credit hours

Associate in Applied Science

Students can earn an NGCT associate of applied science two-year degree by completing a total of 68 credit hours. Visit with your advisor to discuss an academic plan.

Approximate Program Costs

Tuition and fees coincide with Seward County Community College cost per credit hour. Program costs are subject to change from year to year. Costs listed may not include all required course materials such as books or special course fees. All prices below include a $34, universal student fee.

2017 - 2018 Academic Year

Seward County Residents $94/credit hour
In-state (outside Seward County) $95/credit hour
Border State* $117/credit hour
Out of State $132/credit hour
International $132/credit hour
Seward Online (In-state) $142/credit hour
Seward Online (out of state/international) $150/credit hour
EduKan Courses, Tuition, Fees $142/credit hour

*Border State students include all students from OK, TX, NM, CO, NE, and MO.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. For more information on financial aid, including scholarships and federal financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office at 620-417-1110

Career Opportunities

The industry has a proven record of longevity and is generally considered one of the most lucrative opportunities for maintenance technicians in today's job market. SCCC's natural gas compression technology program has been developed in cooperation with regional gas production, transport, and service companies; this assures students receive the best possible training as determined by potential employers.

  • Natural Gas Production Facilities
  • Manufacturing/Packaging Companies
  • Transportation Entities
  • Consulting & Contracting Firms
  • Agriculture Service/Repair Job placement assistance is available upon graduation.

Program taught in:
  • English

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