“Pittsburgh is such a cultural city with an amazing culinary scene."
When Sarah Fetters graduated from college in 2009, the worldwide recession was in full swing. While the timing seemed inopportune, a lot has changed since then. Today, Sarah is an engineer in the energy industry which is on an upward trajectory in the southwestern PA region and a sector with some of the most in-demand jobs in the United States.
Working at Peoples Natural Gas
gives her an opportunity to spread her skills across a range of disciplines, helping to bring natural gas to communities who currently rely on oil and propane for energy. “Peoples is unique in how our engineers are able to work in many related areas beyond physical pipeline planning. I work directly with municipalities in planning to transition from more expensive heating oil to natural gas, and with forestry officials, land managers, civil and electrical engineers, and the business side of the operation.”
Sarah is a member of the steering committee for “Women With Energy,” Peoples’ internal group for women employees. The group aims to bring women of the energy industry together to support and mentor each other, and to advance their careers.
At its heart, the natural gas industry is an outdoor business, which suits Sarah just fine. She spends much of her outside-work time outdoors, especially on area lakes and rivers. As an avid paddler on ‘flat water,’ she’s involved with 3 Rivers Paddling and even volunteers with at-risk youth learning to kayak and paddle board with the nonprofit First Waves. As part of that effort, Sarah, her husband Josh (a mechanic for medical helicopters), and the kids help clean up the area’s rivers and streams.
She also enjoys the region’s many cultural amenities, including craft beer making at Copper Kettle in Greenfield, where she recently made her own cherry blonde ale, and the restaurants Blue in the North Hills and Industry Public House in Lawrenceville, where the truffle fries are her favorite. In addition, she’s constantly learning new skills, including gardening and sewing, through adult learning classes at Community College of Allegheny County, and brunch making at the Crate in Green Tree.