Process technology training pays off with careers at Occidental Petroleum

01.30.2019 | By Melissa Trevizo

PASADENA, Texas – Six San Jacinto College process technology graduates were recently hired by Occidental Petroleum, proving they have the training and skills needed in today’s oil and gas industry. A signing ceremony was held to celebrate the graduates’ achievements of earning their associate degrees and being offered full-time positions.

“San Jac has a great group of students who are receiving top-notch technical training, and who are eager to find a career in our industry,” said Jason Sevin, director of strategic planning for Permian Resources at Occidental. “This hiring initiative is a real opportunity to expand where we find valuable people for our workforce in the Permian Basin.”

The process of recruiting these San Jacinto College students started in mid-October of 2018 when representatives from Occidental contacted Jeff Pearce, career coordinator for the future Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology set to open in the summer of 2019.

“I was thrilled when Occidental contacted me to set up interviews with our students,” said Pearce. “Being able to provide our students direct contact with the companies they are looking to work for is priceless.”

During the interview process, Occidental spoke to 22 of San Jacinto College’s process technology students before narrowing it down to the six students who were offered positions in November. The students – Ruben Perez, Miguel Ramos, Joseph Ramirez, Jesse Killen, Adrian Boutte and Tracy Guerra – all see this as an opportunity of a lifetime.

“I’m so lucky to be part of this hiring initiative,” said Ramirez. “When Occidental first came to speak with us we were all excited. Shortly after the first meeting I was in an interview and I was offered the position. It has been such a smooth transition.”

All six students were hired for positions in the Permian Basin region of West Texas. This region is known as the United States’ top oil producing region, generating 1 million barrels of oil each day.   

Learn more about Occidental and their career opportunities on the Careers page of the company’s website,

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that puts students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.

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