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Workforce opportunities

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

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 skill 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 4000 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.

Two of these projects are currently underway:

  • Construction to increase production of ultra-low sulfur fuels by approximately 40,000 barrels per day. Startup of the technology, which uses a proprietary catalyst system to remove sulfur while minimizing octane loss, is expected in 2018, producing gasoline that will meet EPA’s Tier 3 specifications.
  • Construction of 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.

A fourth project includes potential expansion of light crude refining capacity. If the project proceeds, construction would begin in 2019, followed by unit startup in 2022. New facilities would be integrated into the existing facilities to minimize environmental impact.


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

ExxonMobil’s local business initiative gives businesses in Southeast Texas an opportunity to compete for work on major construction projects in Beaumont, Texas.

Local businesses are encouraged to submit a free expression of interest by September 1, 2018 to bid on upcoming work.

Businesses that successfully complete the screening process will be placed on a list for consideration that will be used by the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors for major construction projects.

  • Businesses with a principal office in Jefferson County will be given 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, are also encouraged to submit a free expression of interest.

Expression of Interest

Placement on the consideration list does not guarantee work for ExxonMobil projects. Businesses on the list will receive consideration for work on projects, but must complete the qualification process and meet all ExxonMobil project requirements in order to compete for selection. Safety is a core value at ExxonMobil, and a business’ ongoing safety records are taken into account.

Please note, in order for us to effectively manage projects of large scale and scope, it is often important to work with suppliers that can meet specific qualifications, including large-scale capacity requirements.

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

First Step:

Second Step:

Once we receive your expression of interest, a representative will contact you within about ten business days with instructions for submitting the following documents. Please have this information ready to submit:

  • Financial Information – Audited financial information for the past three years
  • Experience
    - Listing of prior projects and services provided (including customer name, dates of services provided, approximate value)
         * At least 12 months, prefer past five years
  • Insurance
    - Copies of applicable insurance policies (e.g., workers’ compensation, general liability, excess liability)
  • Safety
    - OSHA 300 Logs for the past three years
    - Statement from insurance company regarding Experience Modification Rating for the past four years
    - Number of upheld OSHA citations in the past three years
  • Quality
    - Quality Certifications (e.g., ISO, DNV)
    - Code Certificates (e.g., ASME, AISC)

Please note, ExxonMobil or a representative may ask for additional information throughout the pre-qualification process (e.g. security, background checks).

ExxonMobil will review your information to ensure that it is complete.

ExxonMobil will notify you of your status following the September 1 deadline.

For questions, please email