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Eaton collaboration with San Jacinto College advances petrochemical, energy industry workforce development and training in the Gulf Coast region

September 18, 2019
  • Eaton’s new vice president of oil and gas, Vinay Varma, emphasizes investment in energy industry education programs  

PITTSBURGH, PA … Power management company Eaton is helping customers close the petrochemical industry skills gap through partnerships with industry and higher education institutions to prepare current and next generation professionals for success. Eaton contributed more than $2 million to help San Jacinto College (San Jac) establish its new Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology (CPET), which held its grand opening today in Houston. 

San Jacinto College

“Meeting the world’s energy needs requires our customers to have a pipeline of skilled talent ready to join their workforce,” said Vinay Varma, vice president, oil and gas, Eaton Electrical Sector. “We welcome the opportunity to show how Eaton is helping close the skills gap through partnerships with industry and higher education institutions, such as San Jac.” 

Eaton’s consulting, electrical design services and equipment donations helped San Jacinto create a hands-on environment and curriculum for students to study complex energy technologies and ultimately enter the regional workforce better prepared for success.

“The energy industry needs a more skilled workforce and the new Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology is designed by industry for industry,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. “Our partnership with Eaton is instrumental to the successful program we have built and helps ensure we have the right facility, curriculum and equipment to train a workforce with advanced skills and keep our region’s competitive edge.” 

In support of San Jac’s energy industry program, Eaton designed and equipped the electrical labs and power system at the facility’s glycol plant. Additionally, San Jac students will have ongoing access to Eaton experts and the Eaton Experience Center in Houston for supplementary hands-on training in electrical systems powering petrochemical operations. 

Eaton’s collaboration with San Jac is part of a long-term, multipronged effort to provide education, training and industry programs for current and next generation electrical industry leaders. To learn more about Eaton’s work to bridge the industry skills gap, visit Eaton.com/NextGenEducation

Eaton recently named Vinay Varma vice president of the oil and gas segment for its Electrical business. Varma and his team are working with customers to tailor Eaton solutions to meet their project, maintenance, repair and service needs.  

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 100,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit Eaton.com.


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