Workforce opportunities at Beaumont

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

Article Sept. 27, 2018

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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.

We work closely with our partners at Lamar University, Lamar Institute of Technology and other organizations to assist in developing a skilled, locally based workforce.

Beaumont Expansion Projects

Beaumont is home to four of the eleven projects highlighted as part of ExxonMobil’s $20 billion “Growing the Gulf” effort, along with the potential for more than 4,000 local construction jobs and more than 85 permanent jobs.

One project completed in 2016, and increased capacity of an existing crude unit by 20,000 barrels per day and added the flexibility to process light crudes.

Additionally in 2018, ExxonMobil increased production of ultra-low-sulfur fuels by about 45,000 barrels per day. The new unit relies on a proprietary catalyst system developed by ExxonMobil to remove sulfur and meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency specifications while minimizing octane loss.

In January 2019, ExxonMobil announced plans for a further expansion of the facility to increase light crude refining capacity by more than 65 percent, or 250,000 barrels per day. Startup is expected by 2022.

Construction also is currently underway for a new production unit at the polyethylene plant that will increase capacity by 65 percent to meet growing demand for high-performance plastics that are especially well-suited for applications such as liquid and food packaging, construction liners and agricultural films; startup is expected in 2019.


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

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


ExxonMobil contributes about $250,000 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.

Learn more about engineering programs at Lamar University.

Learn more about technical programs available at Lamar Institute of Technology.

Learn more about free, ten-week basic workforce skills training.

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, Texas.

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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