Looking to launch into a new, high-paying career in the New Year? Look no further than the free job training opportunity for local community members called the Regional Occupational Program (ROP).
Offered through the Contra Costa County Office of education and sponsored by Chevron, the ROP program prepares students for high-paying careers in refineries and other related industries. Students learn the basic processes and equipment common to the refining industry and can make connections with local employers like Chevron.
The five-month course, offered twice annually to the local community, also helps students develop communication and teamwork skills, with job safety emphasized throughout.
Applicants are encouraged to sign up for the next ROP training period starting January and running through July. Click here for more information, including an information session set for Jan. 15. Applicants can sign up for one of two programs: The Industrial Maintenance Mechanic (IMM) program and Process Plant Operator (PPO) program.
The IMM program runs daily Mondays through Thursdays with both afternoon (1-5 p.m.) and evening (6- 10 p.m.) classes. The program helps students prepare for an entry level maintenance/mechanic job in the petrochemical and related industries. The curriculum includes shop and field safety, plant processes and equipment, hand and power tools, basic welding and pipefitting, industry-related math and science, and communication and teamwork.
The Process Plant Operator (PPO) program also runs daily Mondays through Thursdays, with both afternoon (1-4 p.m.) and evening (6-9 p.m.) classes. This course will help students prepare for an entry level operator job in the petrochemical and related industries. The program teaches job safety, plant process and equipment, instrumentation, industry-related math and science and communication and teamwork.
To be eligible for either program, students must be at least age 18, possess a high school diploma or GED, pass a basic math and reading comprehension assessment, and have a valid California driver’s license.
The ROP has a long, successful track record for having students achieve job placement, including at the Richmond Refinery.