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Old 05-18-2013, 12:48 PM
 
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I was curious about going back to my local community college and enrolling in their 2 year associate PTEC program to become a process operator at a plant because they make so much money(and yes I do know it's shift work with very long hours and a lot of overtime). Is the market saturated or are plants always hiring people? It wouldn't even take me 2 years since I already have a bachelor's and most of the general ed courses required I have taken. I'm from the Clear Lake area so I feel like I'm in a decent area to find enough employers for this sort of work. But are there enough jobs?

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Old 05-19-2013, 12:16 PM
 
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Yes, these jobs are still available....if you meet the qualifications. The Operators Certificate is almost a "must have" to get hired. There is a shortage of "qualified" people. The chemical company I work for didn't get enough people with PTEC to fill a class for operators this past January. Check with Bayer, ExxonMobil, ChevronPhillips all in Baytown. Example, Exxon is testing on the May 31st and June 1st for Baytown site.
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:47 PM
 
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Yes there will be a glut of people retiring in the next 10 years, try to get in now. Oh...you better be able to pass drug and alcohol screens.
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:53 PM
 
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Yes there will be a glut of people retiring in the next 10 years, try to get in now. Oh...you better be able to pass drug and alcohol screens.
X2, We are drug and alcohol tested at random in my plant. Because we (operators) are considered safety critical personnel.
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Old 05-19-2013, 02:15 PM
 
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I would not have a problem passing either. What is an operator's certificate? Can the A.S. in PTEC be "substituted" for it? Like if you have the A.S recently would you be considered as "qualified" as someone who just got the certificate? Just want to know as much as I can going into it before I make a decision.
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