RPCC and Industry Partners Hold Commissioning Ceremony and Inauguration of Process Equipment Training Plant – The Observer

GONZALES – River Parishes Community College (RPCC) and industry partners hosted the commissioning ceremony for the new Processing Equipment Training (PET) facility on Friday, July 29e at 8 a.m. at the Gonzales Campus.

The PET plant was designed and built by local industry partners and will be used to train RPCC students enrolled in programs such as process technology, instrumentation and electrical technology, millwright, welding and other industry-related programs. Additionally, industry partners will be able to provide refresher training, ongoing training and troubleshooting training to new employees on site.

“The commissioning of the RPCC PET plant is the culmination of many years of planning and collaboration with our industry partners throughout the River Region and the leadership of former college administrations. We are grateful for their commitment and investment in this project,” said Acting RPCC Chancellor Quintin D. Taylor. “This is a game-changer for the college’s ability to provide workforce solutions, as the demand for skilled employees in our community is high, and the PET plant will provide a real-world training experience that will help to ensure that students are prepared for work and that the college produces highly qualified graduates in the theoretical and practical part of the training programs. Additionally, the PET plant will be a training destination for the Southern Gulf industry. »

The PET plant project began in 2014 when RPCC had a vision to provide the best hands-on training in process technology in the southern gulf. BASF led the way with a major equipment donation that followed with thousands of hours of company expertise, guidance and direction in the design and construction of the project. Other partners such as Emerson, ISC and Shell joined the project from the start with a total of 48 partners providing equipment, supplies and labor worth over four million of dollars.

“As our need for a diverse and highly skilled workforce continues to grow, the PET plant on the RPCC campus is essential in providing practical and safe training for future and current members of our team right here in our local community,” said Jerry Lebold, senior vice president and general manager of BASF’s Geismar, LA site. “Before a new operator or instrumentation technician comes to our facilities, they will already have experience with a real production unit, which will help them prepare in a way that we have never seen before. . BASF’s partnership and shared vision with RPCC throughout this project makes the PET plant truly special.

The construction of the PET factory is only the beginning. Students will now begin training on a remote-controlled industrial plant complete with control room, latest operational software, state-of-the-art electronics, pumps and valves.

Visit www.rpccpetproject.com to learn more or contact Lillie Murphy at lmurphy@rpcc.edu.

River Parishes Community College (RPCC) is a two-year public college established in 1997 to meet the educational needs of the citizens of River Parishes. Located in Gonzales, LA, RPCC partners with the communities it serves by providing programs for personal, professional, and academic growth. Committed to providing access, responsiveness, excellence and quality services, RPCC is an open admissions institution. www.rpcc.edu

Rufus T. Sifford