Project Description

Natural Gas Compression

95 Quarter Credits / 1650 Clock Hours

Cost : $30,228.00 – 2 year cost, annual cost is $15,114

Start Date :August 24, 2020

The Natural Gas Compression – CAT/Ariel Emphasis AST Degree Program encompasses hands-on training courses in the natural gas compression field. These courses provide individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in some of the most in-demand, well-paid, and satisfying technical career opportunities available today.

Natural Gas Compression – CAT/Ariel Emphasis students will work hands-on from a basic knowledge of general technician abilities through troubleshooting electronic controls on the engines and compressors. The students will be required to complete theory classes then move into the lab to put what they learned into real world situations. Along with the basic curriculum, the students will be introduced to live projects on a day-to-day basis.

CPI has partnered with CAT/Cleveland Brothers and Ariel to offer students training on today’s technology. This partnership ensures CPI will always have the current technology available to use as training aids on the newest equipment industry has to offer. During the CAT/Ariel Emphasis, students will learn how to disassemble/assemble components, perform regular preventive maintenance, test/adjust/troubleshoot the various systems specific to CAT and Ariel equipment. Students will graduate with experience working with the Ariel local dealership network – Cleveland Brothers, CAT – as well as comprehension on full spectrum operations. This program is designed to prepare and place trained graduates in a rewarding career in the natural gas compression industry. Students may need to travel within Pennsylvania or the NorthEast United States corridor for employment with CAT/Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company, Inc. or Ariel Corporation. Additional employment opportunities within these companies may be available nationally and globally.

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  • Submit your application and enrollment agreement to the Adult Education office.
    Your completed enrollment agreement and application should be submitted to the Adult Education office with the $155 fee, prior to starting the following steps.

  • Submit High School Transcript, Diploma, or GED to Adult Education Office. CPI required verification of high school graduation. Please submit one of the following to the adult education office; high school diploma, high school transcripts, or GED. Questions about this requirement please call the Adult Ed office at 814-359-2793 ext. 207.

  • Meet with a Financial Aid representative. If you are utilizing federal student aid to pay your tuition, the website for filing your FAFSA is https://studentloans.gov. CPI’s school code is: 015445. For assistance with financial aid (student loans and grants), please contact CPI’s Financial Aid Office at (814) 359-2793 x 252 : Jan Pepperday, jpepperday@cpi.edu or (814) 359-2793 x 262 : Ron Benton, rbenton@cpi.edu.

  • Take the Accuplacer exam. Accuplacer is used to measure your readiness for the program and allows us to recommend any remedial work prior to your start. This exam consists of two parts; arithmetic and reading comprehension. On average, the exam takes approximately 30-60 minutes to complete. The exam is not timed and you are allotted ample time to complete.  The document attached to this email provides numerous websites that offer exercises / practice exams for you to prepare. Arrange to take the Accuplacer exam at CPI by contacting Adult Education 814-359-2793 ext. 207

  • Order textbooks. Contact your Program Coordinator for a list of the textbooks. They can be purchased new or used. Renting is available on some websites, just be sure the rental is for the entire length of time you will need to utilize that textbook. Some texts are used all year

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First Term
PSS-101 Pathways to Success Seminar 1.0 cr 15 hrs
HDC-121 Work Place Safety 2.0 cr 24 hrs
HDC-122 Tooling, Hardware, and Fabrication 1.0 cr 30 hrs
HDC-141 Basic Diesel Engines 4.0  cr 72 hrs
NGE-120 Caterpillar Gas Engine – Introduction to Gas Engines and Software 3.0 cr 42 hrs
MTH-131 Technical Mathematics 4.0 cr 48 hrs
FIRST TERM TOTAL QUARTER 15.0 CREDITS / 231 CLOCK HOURS

Second Term
NGE-121 Caterpillar Gas Engine – Fluids and Fluid Systems 3.0 cr 42 hrs
NGC-130 Introduction to Natural Gas Compression and Ariel Compressors 3.0 cr 36 hrs
EEI-134 Industrial Safety 3.0 cr 30 hrs
PHY-155 General Physics 4.0 cr 48 hrs
SECOND TERM TOTAL QUARTER 13.0 CREDITS / 156 CLOCK HOURS

Third Term
NGE-122 Caterpillar Gas Engine – Fuel and Ignition Systems 3.0 cr 42 hrs
NGC-131 Ariel Natural Gas Compressor Systems 3.0 cr 48 hrs
CSA-120 Computer Software Applications: Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and Presentations 2.0 cr 48 hrs
EIE-122 Introduction to AC/DC Electricity 2.0 cr 36 hrs
EIM-143 Basic Hydraulics 2.0 cr 30 hrs
EIM-146 Basic Pneumatics 1.0 cr 24 hrs
THIRD TERM TOTAL QUARTER 13.0 CREDITS / 228 CLOCK HOURS

TOTAL QUARTER 41.0 CREDITS/615.0 CLOCK HOURS FIRST YEAR


Fourth Term
NGC-190 NGC Company Externship 10.0 cr 320 hrs
FOURTH TERM TOTAL QUARTER 10.0 CREDITS / 320 CLOCK HOURS

Fifth Term
NGE-123 Caterpillar Gas Engine – Intake and Exhaust Systems 3.0 cr 42 hrs
NGC-230 Ariel Natural Gas Compressor Maintenance and Repair 4.0 cr 72 hrs
HDC-155 Electrical Systems 3.0 cr 54 hrs
EIP-120 Introduction to Control Logic 1.0 cr 18 hrs
COM-121 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3.0 cr 36 hrs
FIFTH TERM TOTAL QUARTER 14.0 CREDITS / 222 CLOCK HOURS

Sixth Term
NGE-124 Caterpillar Gas Engine – Electronic Controls 3.0 cr 42 hrs
NGC-231 Ariel Natural Gas Compressor Major Component Removal and Replacement 4.0 cr 72 hrs
CDL-131 Basic Commercial Driving 1 4.0 cr 48 hrs
SOC-151 Customer Service 3.0 cr 42 hrs
COM-130 Technical Writing 3.0 cr 36 hrs
SIXTH TERM TOTAL QUARTER 17.0 CREDITS / 240 CLOCK HOURS

Seventh Term
CDL-141 Basic Commercial Driving 2 3.0 cr 109 hrs
SOC-221 Professionalism and Employment Readiness 2.0 cr 24 hrs
SOC-233 Introduction to Leadership 4.0 cr 48 hrs
EIP-251 Programmable Logic Controllers I 4.0 cr 72 hrs
SEVENTH TERM TOTAL QUARTER 13.0 CREDITS / 253 CLOCK HOURS

TOTAL QUARTER 54.0 CREDITS/1035.0 CLOCK HOURS


SECOND YEAR TOTAL PROGRAM QUARTER 95.0 CREDITS/ 1650.0 CLOCK HOURS

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