College hosting free process technology seminar for women
Rob Vanya -- April 16, 2009
PASADENA, Texas — San Jacinto College Central’s process technology department is offering women an opportunity to explore process technology as a career.
Shell Oil is sponsoring a free one-day seminar for high school junior or senior females and adult females, scheduled for Wednesday, May 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Ball Technical Building, room B-104 on the Central campus, located at 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena.
During the seminar, female guest speakers from local petrochemical companies will talk about their job experiences and opportunities available to women in process technology. Participants will tour the college’s state-of-the-art pilot plant and also see presentations about process technology equipment, and tour a plant in the area.
“There is a large demand in the process technology field for female operators,” said Mike Speegle, process technology department chair. “Currently, less than three percent of the operations personnel in the processing industry are female. Starting pay could be as high as $50,000 a year with excellent benefits.”
Process technicians operate varied types of equipment, such as pumps, heat exchangers, reactors, compressors, etc. They learn to control an operating unit with computerized equipment, and to troubleshoot process problems. Process technology operators can also be involved in procedure writing, quality improvement, teamwork, and hazards analysis.
“To be a viable candidate for a job in this highly competitive field, a person will need a two-year associate of science degree in process technology,” commented Speegle.
The College offers a wide range of process technology degree options at the Central campus.
Class space for the seminar is limited to 50 students. The first five women that enroll in the San Jacinto College’s two-year process technology program will receive a $150 gift certificate, courtesy of Shell, which can be used at the College’s bookstore.
Lunch and snacks will be provided, and a financial aid counselor will be available. To register or to obtain more information, please call 281-476-1872.
San Jacinto College serves more than 24,500 students in over 140 degrees and certificates in university transfer and technical programs. The College also serves the community through workforce training. Students come with various goals and aspirations and we are committed to their success. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150 or visit www.sanjac.edu.