Refinery Report – January 2022

Happy New Year, Brothers and Sisters.

The much-anticipated calls for our refinery work have been trickling in with many more calls anticipated very soon.

Currently at Valero, Wilmington, California Spectra has been hiring both journeymen wiremen and certified instrumentation technicians. All journeymen calls for the FCC Turnaround have been filled while a few instrumentation technician calls have gone unfilled. California Spectra has been placing the instrumentation technician calls into dispatch with requests for the Level A certification. Level A is the first year of the instrumentation certification, while the Level B includes the second year hands-on portion of the certification.

I am urging everyone who enjoys doing industrial work to sign up for the Instrumentation Technician class at the ETI. Please take a little time to spend in the classroom to experience a lifetime of wonderful work in a very specialized area of our industry. IBEW Local 11 currently needs an abundance of certified instrumentation technicians to keep up with the demand of the specialized job requests for this work in all our refineries.

The work at the old Paramount Refinery is just about here as the new owners, World Energy are simply waiting on an AQMD permit to be passed. Newtron Electric has the main contract for the work inside of the new World Energy Refinery and will be requesting all classifications of IBEW members to man this project. The requirements to work at this refinery will be a RSO 20 certificate and proof of full vaccination.

M.B. Herzog has also been manning up for turnaround work at the Torrance-PBF Refinery. In recent weeks, M.B. Herzog had calls in for certified instrumentation technicians, and they were not able to fill the calls. M.B. Herzog has also been picking up work in other refineries within Local 11 and will be in need of additional electricians and certified Level B instrumentation technicians on a few of the new projects they have been awarded. Most calls for M.B. Herzog will require the RSO 20 certificate, the TWIC card and members must also be clean-shaven.

California Spectra Electric also has some of the contracts inside of the new World Energy Refinery in Paramount and will also be looking to man those projects in the coming months.

Manny Solis
Refinery Business Representative
(626) 318-7442

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