New Construction Gas Operator Program

SUNY Orange, in partnership with Precision Pipeline Solutions and Northeast Gas Association, is offering a Gas Operator Technician Training program that could lead to a career in the natural gas industry. Orange County’s Workforce Investment Board and Veteran’s Services Agency are also supporting the program.


  • New Construction Operator Technician Classroom Training: Plastic pipe fusion and installation, inspection of pipes, regulation of gas meters, understanding the gas industry, location markings, and accident awareness and prevention
  • Hands-On Instruction: Leak detection, pipe inspection, gas indicator reading, diagnostic-voltage, current, resistance, skills in pipe fitting, reading pipeline drawings, inspection of pressure gauges, installing meters and regulator, and safety techniques
  • Soft Skills Training: Workplace competencies, business fundamentals, communication & teamwork skills, planning/organizing/scheduling, problem solving/decision making, introduction to resume writing, job search strategies and career readiness.


Participants’ Requirements for the Training Program:

  1. Must be a United States citizen or must have the ability/right to work in the U.S. (will be required to provide proof of ability to work in the U.S. prior to program participation)
  2. Must be 18 years or older.
  3. Must have a high school diploma or GED/HSE (High school Equivalency)
  4. Must score above an 8th grade reading level on screening test and pass a Mechanical Aptitude test
  5. Must commit to attend a 3 week full-time (8 am - 4 pm) training program. 100% attendance is expected.

    Participants will also be expected to submit to the following requirements for employment:
  6. Must have accessibility to a car for reliable transportation (will be commuting to different work sites daily)
  7. Must pass physical requirements test – sit, stand, squat, lift over 90 lbs., and be able to dig a 4ft X 4ft X 4ft ditch
  8. Must submit to:
    • A criminal background check
    • A pre-participation screening for illegal substance
    • Releasing a copy of Department of Motor Vehicles driving report for review

Next program is tentatively schedule for February 2015 - please complete our on-line form if you would like to receive an email with updated information.


Patricia Kelly - JIAC Grant Coordinator
SUNY Orange College
One Washington Center, Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 341-9021,

Christine Trieste - TAACCCT Grant Coordinator
SUNY Orange College
One Washington Center, Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 341-9718,

*Program funded by Job and Innovation Accelerator (JIAC) Grant and Trade Adjustment and Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant