Del Mar Works - Petrochemical and Industrial Careers

Petrochemical Industrial Careers

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Fueling the Coastal Bend Job Market

  • Industrial/ Petrochemical jobs represent one of the largest segments of the Coastal Bend employment market.
  • Nearly 8,000 skilled men and women are currently employed in the region providing the energy that fuels the nation.
  • With $50 billion in new and upgraded industrial investment occurring in the region in recent years, this career sector offers good salaries, steady employment and promotion opportunities for those who are prepared.
  • Del Mar College offers workforce credentials, certificates and degrees necessary to the Industrial/Petrochemical industry.
  • Industrial Machining

    Industrial Machining Applied Technology

    Required Skills:

    • Operate, maintain, and repair sensitive equipment
    • Test, analyze and troubleshoot industrial operations
    • Maximize effective industrial controls and plant operations

    Projected Job Openings in Region: 744
    Median Hourly and Annual Wages: $23.53 / $51,960

    Source: U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2017, March 31). May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Corpus Christi, TX. Retrieved October 31, 2017.

  • Industrial Rotating Equipment Mechanic

    Industrial Rotating Equipment Mechanics—Millwright—Applied Technology

    Plan and execute preventative maintenance and minimize equipment failures
    Projected Job Openings in the Region: 628
    Median Hourly and Annual Wages: $18.54 / $39,250

    Source: U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2017, March 31). May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Corpus Christi, TX. Retrieved October 31, 2017.

  • Nondestructive Testing

    Nondestructive Testing Technology

    Required Skills:

    • Test vehicles, aircraft, pipelines and other structures for flaws and improvements
    • Use ultrasonic, radiographic, thermal, infrared and other testing techniques
    • Ensure industry-standard testing protocols are used to protect public safety


    Projected Job Openings in the Region: 164
    Median Hourly and Annual Wages: $23.53 / $55,130

     

    Source: U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2017, March 31). May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Corpus Christi, TX. Retrieved October 31, 2017.

  • Petroleum Process Technology/Instrumentation

    Petroleum Process Technology/Instrumentation

    Required Skills:
    • Use fundamentals of petroleum processing, instrumentation and physical science
    • Understand mathematics, quality controls, chemical reactions and distillation processes
    • Serve as process operator in the petrochemical, refinery and manufacturing industries
    • Master automatic control systems, instrument calibration, installation and troubleshooting

    Projected Job Openings in the Region: 914
    Median Hourly and Annual Wages: $37.50 / $79,340

     

    Source: U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2017, March 31). May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Corpus Christi, TX. Retrieved October 31, 2017.

  • Welding

    Welding Applied Technology

    Required Skills:

    • Master flat, vertical, horizontal and overhead welding techniques for building and repair
    • Understand blueprints and other structure plans and meet performance standards
    • Certified welders also meet advanced industry-standards and specific code requirements

    Projected Job Openings in the Region: 612
    Median Hourly and Annual Wages: $21.57 / $47,540

    Source: U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2017, March 31). May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Corpus Christi, TX. Retrieved October 31, 2017.

Page last updated March 8, 2018.

Women in Process Technology

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Contact Information

Division of Business, Industrial, and Public Safety Education
101 Baldwin Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78404
(361) 698-1702