It’s been only a few weeks since 44 local residents graduated from the free, long-running Regional Occupational Program (ROP), which prepares community members for high-paying careers in industrial facilities. Already, new recruits are being sought for the next training session.
Classes begin July 23 for the next cohort of the ROP, which is sponsored by Chevron Richmond in partnership with the Contra Costa County Office of Education and offers 80-day training sessions at no cost to local residents twice annually.
Those interested must sign up for assessment by 5 p.m. Monday, July 9. Applicants must then sign up for one of two information and testing sessions on July 10, either in the afternoon from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. or the evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Residents have the option to apply for one of two career tracks: the Process Plant Operator (PPO) program or Industrial Maintenance Mechanic (IMM) program.
The PPO class meets Mon-Thurs., 1-4pm and 6-9pm. The IMM class is offered Mon.-Thurs., 1-5pm and 6-10pm. Both classes are held at the Chevron Hensley Campus in Richmond.
The PPO course prepares students for entry level jobs operating refinery equipment, such as heating, lubrication and refining systems. The IMM program prepares students for entry level maintenance/mechanic jobs, such as welder/pipefitter, electrician and machinist.
The ROP has a long, successful track record for having students achieve job placement, including at the Richmond Refinery. Along with learning technical skills including basics in mechanics, mathematics and chemistry, trainees also learn communication and analytical skills, safety practices, how to work independently and as part of a team, and are trained at interviewing for jobs.
For more information see the brochure posted below. To sign up, click here.