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  Municipal Utilities Offer

Challenging & Rewarding Careers


  • Through municipally-owned utilities, communities all across Iowa provide vital services to their citizen-owners, including electricity, gas, water, and telecommunications.


  • Municipal utilities offer the satisfaction of local control over decisions. They employ thousands of people in jobs that combine public service with rewarding career opportunities.


  • An ever-increasing number of municipal utility employees in Iowa are over age 50. That means utilities are in search of replacements for retiring staff members. This includes a wide range of jobs, such as clerical assistants, finance managers and accountants, electric lineworkers, gas technicians, water plant employees, utility superintendents, and many others.


  • Consider working for an organization that will invest in your professional development and will recognize excellence. Some utilities offer scholarship programs.


  • Many electric, gas, water, wastewater, and broadband positions that high school graduates can get a job and then have their education paid for (earn while you learn). Many municipal utilities will train on the job.  Electric utilities might offer the IAMU Electric Apprenticeship program once an individual is hired.




Checking Out a Career in Municipal Utilities is Easy! 

1. Learn about available post-secondary programs.

2. Talk to current municipal utility professionals.

3. Look into job shadowing and/or internships.


Technical Programs for Utility-Related Skills


Wind Energy and Turbine Technology 

Iowa Lakes Community College 

Estherville, Iowa 


Powerline Technology Program 

Northwest Iowa Community College 

Sheldon, Iowa 


Water and Wastewater Operator Program 

Kirkwood Community College 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 


Industrial Engineering 

Iowa State University 

Ames, Iowa 


Water Environmental Technology and 

Wind Programs

Des Moines Area Community College 

Ankeny, Iowa 


Utility Technician Program 

Iowa Valley Community College District (Marshalltown Community College)

Marshalltown, Iowa 


Electrical & Renewable Energy 

Technology Program 

Indian Hills Community College 

Ottumwa, Iowa


Gas Utility Construction and Service Program 

Northeast Iowa Community College

Peosta, Iowa


Materials for Guidance Counselors

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