Texas Gas Service is the third largest natural gas distribution company in Texas, providing clean, reliable natural gas to more than 603,000 customers in 97 communities, and currently they are hiring graduates from Western Technical College to help achieve this. Texas Gas Service provides natural gas service to customers from Austin, El Paso and Rio Grande Valley areas to as far as Galveston, Port Arthur, Weatherford and several communities in the Permian Basin and the Texas panhandle. In the El Paso area alone they have miles of both main and service lines. These lines are monitored, replaced, and/or installed on a daily basis to provide their customers with the safest and most reliable system.
In order to maintain great customer service and the safest and most reliable system, Texas Gas takes pride in who they hire to carry through the job. According to Gloria McKye, Human Resources Consultant for Texas Gas, all Western Tech graduates that they have hired have exhibited certain qualities that made them desirable to Texas Gas Service: "We look for the candidates with experience in HVAC, electronics, and welding with education and certifications but we also look for candidates with strong communication skills and experience with computer technologies. We want them to have the desire to continue learning and expanding their knowledge," says Mckye."
“We have an ongoing commitment to Western Technical College. We foster a workplace environment that provides time, resources and opportunities for our employees. Currently, we have two graduates from the Electronic Engineering Technology Program, one from the Advanced Welding Program and six from the Refrigeration & HVAC Technology Program. Western Technical College is an important partner, helping us build a dynamic workforce and attract potential employees to our team who will fuel the future of Texas Gas Service.” says McKye .
One such Texas Gas Service employee and Western Tech graduate who deserves recognition is Daniel Iglesias; an Advanced Welding Program graduate. Of Iglesias, Mckye says, “Daniel has been with the company for two years. He graduated from Western Tech in 1994 with a welding certification. This notation on his resume made us look at him twice and we do not regret interviewing him for the field tech position in the construction and maintenance department.” She goes on, “He is committed to his job and he is always willing and ready to learn. He has been able to apply what he has learned from Western Tech to his current position. We can honestly say that he performs his job with passion and integrity.”
Iglesias says, “Attending Western Technical College was a great experience. My favorite thing at Western Tech was the hands on experience. I got the opportunity to familiarize myself with welding and cutting equipment which allowed me to master skills. Western Tech prepared me by teaching me how to weld with different thicknesses of rods, type of rods, and weld in any position which is needed to pass welding tests. I learned to master this skill by PRACTICE, PRACTICE, and PRACTICE.”
Even after successfully completing his courses and beginning work at Texas Gas Service, Iglesias was able to return to Western Tech to take refresher courses to prepare himself for the certification tests for his current position. He says, “Western Tech provides graduates with refresher courses .I took this opportunity to practice on welding for my first welding test at work which I passed and also became certified with Texas Gas Service