GAS TECHNICIAN OPERATOR

TRAINing program

(Montana Only)

Natural gas is a foundation fuel for the nation’s clean and secure energy future.  It is the cleanest burning fossil fuel and remains one of the most affordable home-heating fuels as well as having the ability to deliver high temperatures required for heavy industries. Modernization of facilities and maintenance efforts are critical to enhance efficiency, reliability, and safety for utility customers.

There is significant oversight and regulations focused on the natural gas industry to help ensure public safety. The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) sets federal safety standards for pipelines that guide the work contractors are required to do. Journeyman Gas Technician Operators perform these duties primarily outside and in conditions that can be challenging. The occupation can also require extensive travel.

The Gas Technician Operator (GTO) Training Program is a certification program designed to develop Journeyman Gas Technician Operators over an approximate two-year period through both on-the-job (OJT) and classroom training. 

OJT work hours are obtained through employment with a member contractor.  Trainees will work with Journeymen to inspect natural gas distribution lines; perform regular maintenance and repairs; perform preventative maintenance; and install new natural gas infrastructure. The Trainee is expected to conduct all job duties with safety as the number one priority, by participating in and promoting a culture of safety and compliance with policies and procedures. The Trainee needs to be able to work well with others including utility employees and utility customers.  The Trainee must possess the ability to accept changing priorities in work assignments and must be willing to travel.

Trainees will be expected to complete Online coursework, attend structured classroom training, and maintain all required certifications. The Online coursework is proctored at the training center.  Classroom trainings are held one weekend a month on Saturday and Sunday.

Trainees will enter the program as a Trainee Step 1. Trainees may advance every six months and 450+ OJT hours, if all requirements have been met. Trainee pay is determined by Step and calculated by a percentage of a Journeyman GTO (URD Tech Gas) rate as outlined in the Montana Statewide Collective Bargaining Agreement.  

Current Journeyman Wage: $38.92 (as of 6-1-21)

Trainee Step 1 = 70%

Trainee Step 2 = 75%

Trainee Step 3 = 80%

Trainee Step 4 = 90%

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

An applicant must be at least 18 years of age and provide the following:

  • $25.00 application fee (non-refundable)

  • Completed Application

  • Driver's License

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benefits

LINECO Medical Insurance

As a Trainee, you’ll receive health insurance benefits for yourself and your dependent family, including health, dental and vision insurance. This insurance is provided 100% by the electrical industry and is not deducted from your paycheck. The health insurance plan provided allows you to see any doctor you wish, anywhere in the country.

Retirement Plans

In a time when most companies are cutting back on retirement benefits, the profession offers two outstanding retirement plans and NEBF benefits to ensure you and your family of a secure financial future.

Eighth District Electrical Benefit Fund - Pension & Annuity

Under the local agreements (IBEW locals 44, 532 & 768) you will receive a retirement benefit for each hour you work. This amount is paid by the electrical contractors and is not deducted from your paycheck.

National Electrical Benefit Fund

This multi-employer defined benefit plan provides monthly contributions of 3% of gross pay for Trainees associated with participating local unions of the IBEW. Trainees receive the benefit as part of their compensation package when they work for a contributing employer. Vesting in the fund takes just five years. Your benefit is secure once you have earned five service credits. Generally, you earn one service credit a year.