Jul 2, 2015
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The Regional Occupational Program (ROP), a free job training program that prepares local residents for careers at industrial facilities including the Chevron Richmond Refinery, is now enrolling students for its next semester of courses which begin in late July.

The ROP courses, which are jointly run by Chevron Richmond and the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) offers a Process Plant Operator (PPO) Program and an Industrial Maintenance Mechanic (IMM) Program.

The PPO class prepares students for entry level jobs operating refinery equipment, such as heating, lubrication, or refining systems. The IMM class prepares students for entry-level maintenance/mechanic jobs, such as a welder/pipefitter, electrician and machinist.

ROP courses help students develop strong communication skills, strengthen analytical skills, and teach individuals how to work productively both independently and as part of a team. Students will also receive basic mechanical, math and chemistry skills and get help writing a resume.

“As the largest employer in Richmond, Chevron is committed to increasing our local hiring by training our community’s workforce to become the next generation of refinery employees,” said Don Zarraonandia a Maintenance Supervisor at the Chevron Richmond Refinery. “As a ROP graduate, I am proud to see individuals explore new careers in pursuit of their dreams. No advanced degree is required to take this free training course.”

The award winning program has a strong track record of placing graduates in good-paying career jobs with companies such as Chevron, Shell, Tesoro, Valero and Phillips 66.

Interested students are encouraged to attend an informational session on Monday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. Both sessions will be held at the Chevron Richmond Refinery, Gate 91. Directions are available here.  Richmond residents are particularly encouraged to attend and register.

Prospective students can submit an enrollment application on by visiting CCCOE’s website or by calling 925-942-3467. Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about the programs.



About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.