MCCC’s Workforce Development offers new Pipeline Mechanic Program

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MCCC is offering a new supportive program for first-time students at the Pottstown Campus. Image courtesy Montgomery County Community College.

The need to replace aging pipeline infrastructure and an increase in new construction is generating a high demand for skilled pipeline mechanics in the Philadelphia region and across the country. To train people for these careers, Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) Workforce Development Division is offering an 11-week Gas Distribution Pipeline Mechanic Program starting May 30 at its Sustainability and Innovation Hub, West Campus, 140 College Drive, Pottstown.

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During the hands-on program, students will learn about workplace safety, first aid and technical skills through an established natural gas association curriculum. Additionally, they will review construction projects, learn about the work environment and develop successful employment practices, including resume creation and interview techniques. At the graduation ceremony, students will have the opportunity to meet and network with potential employers.

In only 11 weeks, students will be prepared to work in entry-level positions that offer high-paying wages in the natural gas distribution and related industries.

“More than 600 skilled workers will be needed to repair and replace distribution pipelines in the region during the next several years,” said Dr. David DiMattio, vice president of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at MCCC. “We are committed to working with businesses and industries in the region, to develop a skilled workforce and help area residents get the training they need to be desirable candidates in the competitive job market.”

The total cost for the program is $5,189, which includes testing, CPR certification, OSHA card and materials. Applicants should be able to work in various climates, lift at least 100 pounds, and operate heavy equipment. Funding may be available for qualifying applicants.

The Gas Distribution Pipeline Mechanic Program was created by the College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development in partnership with PECO and other industry counter-parts, including Philadelphia Gas Works, Henkel’s & McCoy, and Utility Line Services.  The College Consortium consists of Montgomery County Community College, Bucks County Community College, Camden County Community College, Community College of Philadelphia, Delaware Community College, and Drexel University.

For more information and to apply, contact Gary Hines, Director of Workforce Development at 610-718-1974 or ghines@mc3.edu.

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