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Chemical Process Operator Students Tour Delaware City Refinery

STANTON/WILMINGTON - The group was led by Robert S. Weis, Program Coordinator of the Chemical Process Operator Program at Delaware Tech. Weis said the tour reinforced the technologies that the students were exposed to in class. “The students were very impressed with the tour, and were all eager to learn more about job possibilities at the refinery,” said Weis.

During the tour, Will Messick, a 2012 graduate of the CPO program and operator at the refinery, shared his experiences with applying what he learned at Delaware Tech to his current job. “The CPO program at Delaware Tech broadened my thinking and gave me a leg up in my career path,” he told the Delaware Tech group. Messick is continuing his education in operations management, and said that education is key to his personal and professional success.

Operations Business Team Leader at the Delaware City Refinery, Brian Miller, led the group on an extensive tour throughout the refinery, with stops at a process area control room and several of the operations units. The tour concluded with a question and answer session with Miller and Messick where the students had an opportunity to learn more about the company and what it takes to gain employment there. The students left even more determined to succeed in their Delaware Tech classes.

Pictured Top: A dozen Chemical Process Operator (CPO) students from Delaware Tech’s Stanton/Wilmington Campus got to see firsthand what they are learning in class during an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the Delaware City Refinery. PBF Energy, owner of the Delaware City Refinery, is one of the largest independent petroleum refiners and suppliers of unbranded transportation fuels, heating oil, petrochemical feedstocks, lubricants, and other petroleum products in the United States.