Workforce opportunities at Beaumont

Hiring locally is mutually beneficial to Southeast Texas residents and ExxonMobil’s bottom line.

Article Sept. 27, 2021

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Workforce opportunities at Beaumont

We are committed to utilizing local suppliers and workers for the preparatory and construction phases of our major projects in Southeast Texas.

Still, due to the enormous industry growth across Southeast Texas, ExxonMobil and the rest of industry project a 50-percent shortage in skilled craft labor, particularly in the fields of welding and pipe-fitting.

Career exploration and readiness

ExxonMobil contributes annually toward education and training in furtherance of technical and engineering education. Education programs span elementary to higher education, including funding for engineering programs, technical programs, scholarships, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) development and workforce skills training. We work closely with the Beaumont Independent School District,  Lamar University, Lamar Institute of Technology and other organizations to assist in developing a skilled, locally based workforce.

Activities include: 

  • Facility tours and guest lectures
  • Mock interviews and resume reviews
  • Internships and co-ops 

Dual enrollment credit program

To help prepare Beaumont Independent School District high school students to compete in the growing STEM workforce, ExxonMobil and the Lamar Institute of Technology have collaborated for the past six years to offer low-cost dual enrollment credit opportunities. Since 2015, ExxonMobil has contributed more than $160,000 in scholarship funding to help students earn credits in STEM courses, including process technology and instrumentation technology, while simultaneously earning their high school diploma. The dual credit program is currently offered at three local BISD high schools: Beaumont Early College High School, Beaumont United High School and Westbrook High School. Students may participate in the program regardless of socioeconomic status and receive both hands-on training and hours of college credits dependent on area of study.

By studying instrumentation technology, students learn how to manage and maintain high-level equipment used in automated systems essential for operations in chemical plants, petrochemical refineries and other industrial settings. Process operating curriculum includes safety, computer science, quality control and general procedures for distillation reactions – all essential topics at petrochemical sites and activities including start-ups and shutdowns. Learn more about the program at https://www.lit.edu/dual-credit.

Jobs

Employment opportunities in Beaumont include process operators, instrument technicians, analyzer technicians, lab technicians, maintenance technicians, electricians, machinists, mechanics and other related positions.

  • Apply online at careers.exxonmobil.com
  • Skilled craft labor opportunities, usually via a contractor to ExxonMobil, include carpenters, iron workers, pipe fitters, electricians, equipment operators, helpers and laborers.

Local business initiative

In 2018, ExxonMobil solicited interest from Southeast Texas local businesses to be considered for opportunities to compete for work on major construction projects in Beaumont.

Businesses that successfully completed the screening process have been placed on a list that will be used by the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors for consideration for major construction projects. Placement on the consideration list does not guarantee work for ExxonMobil projects.

Businesses with a principal office located in Jefferson County receive preference and priority, except where not reasonably possible to do so. Businesses located in Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Liberty, Orange, Tyler and Newton counties, as well as the Bolivar Peninsula of Galveston County, were also eligible to submit their information.

ExxonMobil values its diverse workforce and works to promote a diverse supply chain.

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