New Accelerated Continuing Education Process Technology Program Graduates First Cohort

Article by: Melinda Eddleman

On Monday, Jan. 28, Gravity Midstream, LLC (Gravity) interviewed three Continuing Education (CE) Process Technology students for available positions. By Thursday, Jan. 28, those students and three other credit Process Technology graduates, who also interviewed with Gravity, had jobs.

DMC Continuing Education began their new accelerated Process Technology Program for its first five students in September. Those students took their final examination and participated during a short graduation ceremony to receive their completion certificates on Jan. 28 before the new Gravity hires signed offer letters.

CE Process Technology graduates include Rodolfo “Rudy” L. Amador, Tajia L. Amparon, David G. Falcon, Jr., Consuelo “Connie” Martinez and Edward C. Vega. 

View remarks from the Jan. 28 graduation and job signing ceremony below, including those by Gravity’s Vice President Joe Mattingly, DMC Interim Dean of Continuing Education and Off-Campus Programs Dr. Leonard Rivera and CE Process Technology graduate David Falcon, Jr.:

 

Gravity’s new hires include Amador, Falcon and Vega, along with graduates from the College’s credit Process Technology Program––Jonathan Adams, Blake Mooney and Manuel Munoz III. 

“Local demand for skilled workers in the process technology field continues to grow throughout the Coastal Bend,” said Melinda Aguilar, the College’s Director of Continuing Education. “To meet that need for this fast-paced industry, Del Mar College Continuing Education has created an accelerated training program to provide students an opportunity to acquire the training they need to quickly fill positions within the petrochemical, refinery and manufacturing industries.”Broken into three modules, the 18-week program covers basic industry knowledge, safety operations and instrumentation through rigorous coursework in the classroom and with hands-on laboratory simulations. The program covers 540 hours of all the process technology courses the College offers, including Safety Health and Environment 1 and 2, Intro to Process Technology, Equipment, Instrumentation 1 and 2, Operations, Principals of Quality, Troubleshooting, Systems and Industrial Processes and Simtronics computerized simulator training. 

The next class begins Feb. 22. 

More program information is available at www.delmar.edu/WorkforceTraining.aspx or access a downloadable flyer at bit.ly/23tYpDh.

“Del Mar College continues to respond to industry needs,” adds Aguilar. “Our accelerated Process Technology Program prepares students to become qualified technicians ready for the workforce.”

Gravity is among companies in the Coastal Bend looking for well-trained process technology technicians with Del Mar College providing six candidates combined from both the Continuing Education and credit Process Technology Programs.

Based in Houston, Gravity was formed in June 2013 to acquire, develop and operate midstream energy assets with a specific focus on providing logistics solutions for crude oil and petroleum products. Gravity is supported by private equity commitments from EnCap Flatrock Midstream. Gravity’s management team has more than 75 years of collective experience in the energy industry, having owned and operated terminals across North America and Europe.

Last June, the company announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Gravity Midstream Corpus Christi, LLC, acquired a 44-acre crude oil logistics terminal on the Corpus Christi Ship Channel in the heart of the area’s refining center to serve traders, producers and refiners of crude oil and condensate produced in the Eagle Ford Shale and the Permian Basin. The terminal operates under the name Gravity Oil Terminal at Corpus Christi (GOTAC) or the GOTAC Terminal.

A full news release covering the company’s crude oil acquisition is available at http://bit.ly/1lTnZzy. To learn more about Gravity, visit www.gravitymidstream.com.

IN THE PHOTO: David G. Falcon, Jr. (right) shares his reasons for enrolling in the College’s accelerated Continuing Education Process Technology Program as DMC President Dr. Mark Escamilla and Dr. Leonard Rivera, Interim Dean of Continuing Education and Off-Campus Programs, listen during the Jan. 28 graduation and job signing ceremony. 

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