Energy Pathway Program
South Bay refineries including BP. Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Valero employ approximately 5,000 workers. Most are in high paying jobs with wages over $75,000 and excellent benefits and retirement packages. In addition, area and national contractors, such as TIMEC employ up to 1500 additional contract employees to assist in refinery operations.
According to both local and national surveys, as much as 25-50% of the refinery workforce will retire within the next five years, creating a new need for trained workers. To fill this gap, refineries are seeking to create a younger, more diverse and better educated workforce. Refineries are also increasingly seeking to fill new jobs from the local communities where they conduct much of their operations. Expected industry need over the next five years is 100-150 workers per year.
South Bay Center for Counseling, in partnership with area refineries and TIMEC has created education and training pathways to train area residents as refinery workers. Training includes:
Process Technician Training
Process technicians are the main entry-level job in refineries, comprising 40-60% of the workforce. Positions pay about $75,000 to start with continuing career advancement. SBCC, in partnership with BP, ConocoPhillips, Tesoro, ExxonMobil and Valero has developed a pilot training program for 75 South Bay residents leading to jobs as process technicians. The program is based on the three stage model:
1. Outreach, Interview and Assessment. 2. Bridge program 3. Process Technician training and internship
Drawing on the industry standard training developed by the Center for Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT), Harbor College will provide a 30 credit training program leading to a certificate. The 500 hour training will include an introduction to equipment; systems; safety; troubleshooting and communications, as well as needed math and physics. Program graduates will move on to internships and placement at BP, Conoco Phillips, Exxon Mobil and Valero.
Safety Attendant/Mechanical Helper Turnaround Worker Training
South Bay refineries employ 1000-1600 temporary workers to assist in annual periodic clean-up and maintenance of refinery facilities. Currently, many of these workers are recruited from outside the area or the state. With at least 25% of turnaround jobs requiring only low-level skills, yet paying as much as $1200 a week, turnaround jobs can provide an entry-point to continuing training and full- time employment. Options include continuing training to meet industry needs for pipefitters and other craft workers
To realize this potential, SBCC has partned with area refineries, the United Steelworkers and TIMEC, a leading turnaround contract, firm to train and employ up to 300 residents over the next two years in turnaround positions. The program will target community residents and provide training, employment in turnaround related jobs at $1200 per week, and transition to additional refinery-related training or education.
Instrument Technology Training
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics repair, maintain, calibrate, adjust, and install industrial measuring and controlling instruments. Prospective employers who have provided internships to program participants include Exxonmobil, BP, Valero. Companies specialized in pulp, paper processing, nuclear, hydro power generating, mining, natural gas, and industrial instrument manufacturing are also seeking Industrial Instrument Technicians for full-term employment. These high wage earners gross approximately $55,000-$70,000 per year working 8 hour shifts.
The 1000 hours of community college training in industry specific courses cover a range of topics such as Fundamentals of Electronics, Automated Motor Controls and Programmable Logic Controls (PLC). Upon successful completion of the program, participants will have the opportunity to apply to our partner refineries to obtain full-time employment. Program includes a mandatory Bridge and Internship component.
WIND TURBINE TECHNOLOGY
Energy Pathways Program (EPP) is expanding into new high growth sectors in renewable energy. Wind energy is a growing field and wind energy companies across the nation are in need of wind turbine technicians. EPP is recruiting recently separated veterans and veterans into a training program provided by Airstreams Renewables, Inc. located Tehachapi, California. Grant funds are available through EPP for veterans and recently separated veterans if they can provide a Los Angeles County address (Relocation and living costs in Tehachapi must covered by the participant).
Airstreams Renewables, Inc. (ARI) accelerated career training programs are designed to transfer the knowledge we have gained from over 200 years of combined experience in the wind and renewable energy industry to our students through safety-focused, skill-based and hands-on instruction. This accelerated training program format saves students and companies’ time, enables quicker knowledge transfer and ultimately leads to faster job placement or promotion for our graduates.
Whether you are a renewable energy/wind industry veteran or simply considering a new career, we ask that you consider Airstreams for all your safety and technical career training needs.
Salary/Pay Ranges (Wind Turbine Technician - Entry Level)
Level 1 / Entry Level Technician: $15 to $20 per hour (0 to 2 years experience)
Level 2 / Mid Level Technician: $18 to $23 per hour (2 to 4 years experience)
Level 3 / High Level Technician: $20 to $28 per hour (4 + years of experience)
These are general estimates as wages can vary between companies and job titles. For example: traveling technicians tend to make a little more than non traveling technicians. A person with relevant experience from another industry could, in some cases, come in at the mid or high level pay range as well.
Learn more about Airstreams Renewables, Inc, please visit http://air-streams.com
If you are interested in this training program or more information, please contact and submit your resume to Program Manager, Jamie Rimphanli at (310) 414-2090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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PETROCHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY FAQ's
How long is the training?
The Instrument Technician Program is approximately 14 months. The Process Technology Program is approximately 9 months.
Where are the classes at? At what time?
Classes are facilitated at Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington, CA. Classes are schedule from Monday to Friday 5-10pm and occasional Saturdays.
How do I get into the program?
SBCC has a 5 step recruitment process 1. Submit an Application 2. Interview 3. Assessment 4. Motivational Statement 5. Selection.
Submit an online application/interest form at www.sbaycenter.com if the minimum qualifications are met, we will call you to schedule an interview.
What other benefits do I receive in this program?
There will be an onsite Workforce Development Specialist (WDS) assigned to assist you in getting resources such as financial aid, GI Bill, interview and resume workshops, etc. The goal of the WDS is to help you become employable after the end of your training.
Once I am in the program, do I have to attend all the classes?
Yes! The program is based on a cohort model...We work as a team.
Am I guaranteed a job once I receive me certificate?
Jobs are not guaranteed. We will prepare you and give you direct access to the refineries that have partnered with the program; however, you will still need to meet their hiring requirements.
How can I get on a waitlist?
There is no waitlist. We only take interest forms when recruitment is open.
When will recruitment open?
Recruitment is based on the number of employments available from our refinery partners in order to enroll a class.
Why can’t I enroll classes with Harbor College?
Classes are exclusive to the program. The program is focused on training participants based on the number jobs available. For example, if there are 10 vacant positions with our partner refineries, then we will recruit based on that number of vacancies. EPP only trains if there’s a guaranteed position available and if positions are not vacant, EPP will put the training on hold until further notice.
Why can’t I access the interest form online?
The form will only be available during the recruitment period. The recruitment dates will be posted on this website.