Gas Utility Work is a Family Tradition

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NICC_profile_ZachA career in the natural gas utility industry offers many benefits for prospective employees: good benefits and healthcare, career advancement opportunities, competitive pay and job security.

Gas utility work is also something of a tradition for the Faulhaber family.

“My dad is a network engineer for Black Hills Energy who occasionally travels to Cheyenne, Wyo., and Dubuque. My uncle works in a cubicle right across from him at the company’s Nebraska location,” explained Zach Faulhaber, a native of Omaha who moved to Blair, Neb., in 2004. “I’m mechanically inclined and enjoy working with my hands. I want to work for Black Hills Energy and keep the tradition going in the family.”


Zach Faulhaber

Zach Faulhaber enrolled in the Gas Utility Construction and Service program at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) after researching community colleges in Iowa.

“I called the human resources director at Black Hills Energy, and he said to enroll in the program at Northeast Iowa Community College,” Faulhaber said, who very likely would have earned admission into any college he applied to after scoring a near-perfect 34 on the ACT.

“I’ve been welding since high school, and I find this type of work far more rewarding than sitting in an office all day. Life is more meaningful doing something you like,” he said.

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