GONZALES, La. — On April 2, Louisiana Job Connection, in partnership with River Parishes Community College, will welcome job seekers and students to a Process Technology Career Fair at the college’s campus in Gonzales. Geared for people already in the job market and those preparing for careers, the event will take place during convenient evening hours from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2. River Parishes Community College is located just off Interstate 10 at 925 West Edenborne Parkway in Gonzales. The career fair will take place at the campus Technical Training Center, behind the main campus building, with parking available on either side of the building.
More than a dozen companies seeking operators in process technology, or PTEC, will interact with job seekers and students at the event. Employers — who’ll be interested in workers at all experience levels in process technology, instrumentation, maintenance and electrical positions — will include:
- Cornerstone Chemical Company
- Crosby Energy
- Delta Tech Service
- Dow Chemical
- Louis Dreyfus Company Services
- Nova Chemical
- REG Geismar
- YCI Methanol One.
With more than 5,000 PTEC professionals, Louisiana leads the nation in the number of chemical plant and system operators, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and New Orleans metro areas also represent three of the top four job markets in the U.S. for these positions, with an annual mean wage of more than $67,000.
“The demand is significant,” said Executive Director Paul Helton of LED FastStart®, Louisiana’s workforce training program that administers the LouisianaJobConnection.com job site. “All of the established petrochemical companies along the Mississippi River have a need for process technology operators, and there are a number of new companies coming online in the next several years that will greatly increase the demand for these jobs.”
River Parishes Community College is one of seven community and technical colleges in Louisiana offering associate of applied science degrees in process technology or industrial training courses with a PTEC concentration.
For the April 2 Career Fair at RPCC, attendees are strongly encouraged to do the following:
Everyone interested in a PTEC career also should bring extra copies of their résumés to the PTEC Career Fair at River Parishes Community College in Gonzales.
About Louisiana Job Connection
Louisiana Job Connection matches job seekers with Louisiana employment opportunities through online technology that considers the complete picture of your job history and your education to determine your skill set. Your skills are then compared with job requirements to connect you with process technology opportunities that are right for you. For more information, visit LouisianaJobConnection.com.
About River Parishes Community College
River Parishes Community College is an open admission institution that partners with the communities and businesses of the River Parishes region of Louisiana to provide workforce training, certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. For more information, visit RPCC.edu.