Del Mar College installs new pilot plant for training students
Del Mar College began installing a new training system Thursday that will give real-world experience to its students aspiring for a career in the refining industry.
The Petroleum Processing and Instrumentation Pilot Plant was being installed at the West Campus Thursday. It will be used to train Del Mar College students how to operate and perform maintenance the equipment used in local refineries.
Chuck McKinney, the interim dean of business industrial public safety education, said students on several different degree tracks will be use the training lab.
"All of [this] will allow our students to interact with this equipment," said McKinney. "Just exactly as they would do in a refining environment, but we can control the learning environment, make sure it's safely done, we can do this for writing permits where different trades can interact with each other."
The pilot plant will be ready for students to use in the spring of 2016.
"This is a very good way to pave the path to refinery jobs, maintenance, and some of the trades that we're training for now," said McKinney.