Natural Gas Compression


Accepting new students for the 2019 summer semester

Compression Technology is offered both as a four semester Associate of Applied Science Degree or a two semester Certificate Program.  

The Natural Gas Compression Program is designed to provide technically oriented entry-level students with basic knowledge and skills of gas compression equipment and maintenance via classroom lecture and hands-on experiences.  In preparation for employment, students work with a variety of compressor packages similar to those deployed in the field.  Upon program completion students will be prepared to efficiently and safely maintain, troubleshoot and operate the compression systems utilized in the energy industry.

Topics of study include:

  • Natural Gas Engine Repair/ Overhaul
  • Natural Gas Engine Theory
  • Natural Gas Engine Preventative Maintenance
  • Natural Gas Engine Auxilary Equipment
  • Natural Gas Electrical Diagnostics
  • Natural Gas Engine Troubleshooting
  • Natural Gas Compression Theory
  • Natural Gas Compressor Repair/ Overhaul
  • Natural Gas Compressor Preventative Maintenance
  • Natural Gas Compressor Troubleshooting
  • Natural Gas Compression Basic Instrumentation and Controls

Program Instructor

Ralph McCauley is the Instructor for the Natural Gas Compression Certificate & ASS degree program at San Juan College. Ralph’s background is mainly in compression with some natural gas production and process plant experience.  Ralph has 34 years of industry experience, including 3 ½ years as an Instructor at San Juan College.  He attended School in Odessa, Texas where he received a degree in Diesel Mechanics. He has been working with rotating equipment for more than 35 years.  Ralph has worked on rotating equipment in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, and off-shore Indonesia.

Wages and information are based on national data and may vary based on your training, experience, and the market for the career in your area.

Quick Facts

  • Students are provided the basic knowledge and skills of gas compression equipment and maintenance. 
  • Hands-on work environment.

Countdown to Register for Fall Classes starting August 26th