By Amy King, Communications Manager for NCCER

Repcon, an EMCOR Industrial Services company, specializes in turnarounds and new construction for the refining, petrochemical, chemical and midstream industries. Over the last 30 years, Repcon has served the vast majority of the nation’s refineries and petrochemical facilities. The company currently employs over 2,000 people across 37 states and prides itself in maintaining long-term relationships with clients.

To provide quality, detailed services to clients, Repcon trains its craft professionals in part through the Craft Training Center of Coastal Bend (CTCCB), an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor. While most classroom training is conducted through CTCCB, Repcon has qualified trainers on-site at their new training facility in Corpus Christi, Texas, to provide employees with classroom training, hands-on training and NCCER practical testing. The $500,000 facility provides training to Repcon’s boilermakers, pipefitters and riggers for tower set up, exchangers, boilermaker skids and piping arrangements. The biggest advantage of the new facility is Repcon’s ability to offer more comprehensive, hands-on training. The decision to build a training center was to complement the classroom experience that employees receive at Repcon and through CTCCB.

All of Repcon’s craft professionals are expected to go through the tiered training program through CTCCB and at the new facility. Employees begin with entry-level training but can test out and move into higher level training so they can progress through the program at a pace that is appropriate for their skill level. So far, the training center has had upwards of 3,000 people involved in the program. “I’ll tell you what’s been so great about our training center and training process,” said Mike Blundell, senior vice president of HSE and support services at Repcon. “All Repcon employees have to do the training. You will have those who think they already know everything, but once we get them in our training facility and start showing them things, they learn even more.”

For the rest of the story, read the full article in NCCER’s Cornerstone magazine.