DMC Pipeline Training Program Offering Evening Classes Begins Feb. 11

Thu Jan 31, 2019





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Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

With the economic boom in the Coastal Bend, pipeline workers are in high demand. The Del Mar College Continuing Education 72-hour Pipeline Training Program is addressing that need.

The program is designed as a three-course series and provides students the fundamentals of the pipeline and petrochemical industry to best prepare them for a viable career in the field.

Louis Lopez, a veteran in the pipeline industry and retired senior engineering technician from ExxonMobil Pipeline Company, serves as instructor for the program.

Pipeline is a critical part of our socioeconomics as related to energy, with the public knowing very little about the industry. Pipeline is how you get oil and gas from the oil field to the refineries; and after the refinery makes products like jet fuel, it’s shipped by pipeline to the airports. The industry spends a lot of time and money training new recruits to learn how to pipeline.

Louis Lopez, Continuing Education Pipeline Training Instructor and Retired ExxonMobil Senior Engineering Technician

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He adds that pipeline is an important part of the oil and gas industry and a staple in this region.

The program is divided into three courses that are held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Titles and dates of the three courses are:

• Introduction to Pipeline and Petrochemical Industry, Feb. 11-March 6

• Pipeline Construction and Operation, April 8-May 1 and

• Corrosion Control and Regulatory Compliance, May 6 through June 3.

Registration is held on a first come, first served basis and may be done in person at the DMC Center for Economic Development located at 3209 S. Staples, or by calling 361-698-1328.

Students learn about pipeline industry history and development, oil fields, pump stations and oil movements. Through coursework and hands-on learning, students develop a foundation for a growing and sustainable career right here in the Coastal Bend.

Students can also take more advanced-level courses upon completing this introductory program. The program will be offered again in the fall. Financial aid is available for eligible students.

For more details, visit, email or call 361-698-2122.