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San Jacinto College

A commitment to comprehensive programs that address the challenges of today and ensure students and industry professionals learn essential skills for tomorrow.

Bridging the gap between industry and education

The petrochemical industry is changing. More workers are projected to retire in the coming years; 10,000 Baby Boomers reach the age of 65 every day - a trend expected to continue until 2030. That in combination with industry fluctuations due to heavier, increasingly sour crude oil means it’s critical for today’s downstream oil and gas professionals to gain the knowledge needed to address ever-changing industry challenges.

For nearly 60 years, San Jacinto College (San Jac) has trained Greater Houston’s oil and gas students and professionals. Its four campuses throughout East Harris County serve as training hubs to the largest petrochemical manufacturing region in the United States. Through support of the Center for Petrochemical, Energy and Technology’s (CPET) new electrical training labs and glycol application area, Eaton makes clear our intent to support the competent power professionals of tomorrow, today.

Years educating oil and gas students at San Jac
Years educating oil and gas students at San Jac
San Jac students trained annually
San Jac students trained annually
Design, build and planning consultations plus equipment and services donated by Eaton
Design, build and planning consultations plus equipment and services donated by Eaton
To build the premier petrochemical training center along the Gulf Coast requires a great amount of support from industry, and Eaton has stepped in to facilitate as an extended team to ensure that we have the right facility to fill the workforce gaps and keep our region’s competitive edge.
Jim Griffin, senior vice president of petrochemicals and energy, San Jacinto College

Eaton helps students attain diverse, agile and advanced technical competencies

The growth of the U.S. oil and gas industry is leading to an expansion in manufacturing and refining and increased employment opportunities for skilled positions. In the Texas Gulf Coast region alone, $40 billion in new projects have been announced, with 11,000 jobs required per year to satisfy petrochemical growth. But with more than 50 percent of the current employee base retiring over the next few years, a severe skills gap is projected.

Beyond oil and gas industry retirements, the landscape is changing thanks to rapid technology adoption. The next generation of oil and gas professionals must respond to technologies old and new—operating, diagnosing, repairing and maintaining systems installed decades ago in addition to designing and implementing next-level operations technologies.

Eaton is dedicated to helping to fill the candidate pipeline with more qualified, certified workers and is proud to have donated over $2 million in support of CPET, the largest petrochemical training facility along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Petrochemical training

Built for industry, by industry, the 151,000-square-foot instructional complex with separate Process Training Unit demonstrates the college’s national top-ten community college ranking by delivering highly skilled graduates for the petrochemical manufacturing sector while inviting companies to utilize the facility for their workforce training. The facility is home to programs and training labs in process technology, instrumentation and analyzer technology, electrical, nondestructive testing and craft trades and features an 8,000 square-foot exterior glycol unit.

Exterior glycol distillation unit and glass pilot lab

CPET’s additional 8,000-square-foot separate exterior glycol distillation unit and control room aid in process operation instruction and help to develop troubleshooting skills for new and advanced-credit students and incumbent workers. The multifunctional glass pilot lab for training on process systems, complete with tracer equipment donated by Eaton, allows for new concepts in mass and energy balance and enables students to construct vessel and tank models before concepts are put into operation.

The Eaton Commons

Eaton is proud to sponsor CPET’s conference, training and assembly area designed to accommodate academic, community and industrial functions. The Eaton Commons provide the ideal location for on-going exhibits featuring programs and courses and providing the right environment for industry, business and community exhibitions including large-scale seated events and trade shows.
The greatest aspect about this collaboration is the positive impact on the industry. Technology and innovation are woven into every aspect of the new San Jacinto campus, training curriculum and the immersive interactive industrial environment. This ensures all students receive valuable capabilities to be successful in today’s workforce, but also equips them to solve the challenges of tomorrow.
Allan Clark, manager, Eaton Experience Center, Houston, TX

San Jacinto College electrical labs designed by Eaton

The electrical landscape is rapidly changing due to advanced technology adoption by industry. Tomorrow’s technicians will need to operate, diagnose, repair and maintain equipment installed over 40 years ago, as well as integrate cutting-edge technologies.

Eaton designed San Jac’s electrical training lab to assure students get the most up-to-date and relevant industry training. From equipment recommendations to curriculum enhancements, Eaton worked with San Jacinto and industry professionals to advance hands-on classroom experiences and application simulations. Thanks to input from our partners, the lab goes further to address today’s needs and those of tomorrow by assuring teachings are scalable and adaptable to change.

Advanced technologies for advanced learning

Inspiring learning with the latest technologies

San Jacinto and Eaton’s long-term partnership provides students and industry professionals access to the Eaton Experience Center in Houston for additional training on the latest petrochemical equipment—the same used in the field—from our on-site mock petrochemical refinery. Here, students take a deeper dive into systems to complement their current curriculum in safe, controlled hands-on environments and classes for additional industry certifications.