(Beaver Dam) The first group of students has completed Moraine Park Technical College’s new Gas Utility Technician class. In 2017, the college announced their plans to construct an Energy Education Center at the Beaver Dam campus, as an answer to industry demands for skilled gas utility technicians. Moraine Park President Bonnie Baerwald says students in the program work through real gas utility scenarios in a “Training Neighborhood,” with access to the latest technology.
The graduates will receive their Gas Utility Technician technical diploma at Moraine Park’s annual commencement ceremony on May 18. Applications are now being accepted for the next group, set to begin in June. The nine-month program is designed to train students and prepare them to fill industry needs for the following summer. Graduates of the program can expect to earn a median salary of nearly $57-thousand dollars.
The 2019 class includes Alden Broome of Beaver Dam; Joseph Erdmann of Watertown; Samuel Gantner of Fond du Lac; Cody Gebhard of Brandon; Dylan Gilmore of Jackson; Connor Gray of Cottage Grove; Caleb Madrid of Watertown; Kaleb Mancheski of Deerfield; Ashton Mislivecek of Hillsboro; Zachary Muckerheide of West Bend; Ean Ries of Lomira; Jonah Rohde of Fond du Lac; Gavin Schultz of Waupun; Justin Schultz of Elkhart Lake; Jordan Snyder of Watertown.
Supporters for the project include Alliant Energy, KS Energy Services, Madison Gas and Electric, Michels Corporation, We Energies, and Wisconsin Public Service. The EEC opened in June 2018, and the first Gas Utility Technician group began their training.
For more information on Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.