2021 - 2022


The expectation is that this part of the program will run six weeks, and that students will actively explore possible placements into an unpaid practicum at a local plant. Class time will be devoted to resume and cover letter writing to assist the student in this process.

Tours of 10 plants. Note that these tours are embedded in the 18 weeks of Courses 1, 2 and 3.

Ten Structured Plant Tours are planned over the course of the program. These will take place once a week at different locations each week. Students will work individually and in teams to gather specific pre-determined data on each plant. The goal is by the end of the tours, students will have a detailed record of the plants they have visited and a broad awareness of the operator duties and tasks at the various plants in our area.

Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Sand Plant to conduct basic operating procedures.

SOPs include:

  • Pre-start-up checklist
  • Start up
  • Normal Operation
  • Abnormal Operation
  • Shut Down  

Create Sand Plant Log Book and other Operating Reports
Operate Sand Plant (including troubleshooting)

Systems and components common to process plants; Sand Plant provides a model to demonstrate the key concepts and components.

  • Safety, Health & Environment
  • PPE – Personal Protective Equipment
  • Locks, Isolation Devices & Equipment
  • Emergency Shutdown & Evacuation
  • Reading Flowcharts, P&Cs, P&IDs
  • Valves
  • Pumps
  • Piping and Storage Tanks
  • Compressors
  • Turbines
  • Bearings, Seals, Steam Traps
  • Heat Exchangers
  • Cooling Towers
  • Boilers & Furnaces
  • Switches & Controls