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Institute for Industry

The Institute for Industry – Education Collaboration (IIEC) is a means for McNeese State University to accomplish its mission by providing a framework for organizing and expanding its existing industry – university collaborations to “enhance economic development and cultural growth in this region and beyond.” As the liaison between industry and higher education, the IIEC seeks to establish relationships with a strong emphasis on economic development.

Become our region’s recognized provider of innovative, measurably effective training/education, specifically designed to help industry enhance the technical knowledge of their employees and improve their processes.

We accomplish our mission by:

  • Providing comprehensive training and curriculum development tailored to enhance skills and develop more competent employees.
  • Providing customized training/education to address your technical needs and the needs of your employees.
  • Providing hands on laboratory activities that explain and reinforce the theory.
  • Providing qualified instructors with real-world experience who understand the technical challenges facing today's workforce.
  • Providing cost effective means to better fit your training needs.
  • Integrating and customizing our resources to better fit your training/education needs.
  • Opening our state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and software to industry personnel.
  • Offering pre and post assessment tools to evaluate the attendee performance.
  • Offering courses for academic credit or non-credit (for continuing education units or professional development hours) all year-round at your location or ours.

We can deliver to you:

  • Contract Training/Education à courses can be arranged for groups of employees.
  • Custom Designed Training/Education à custom designed courses that address specific needs of your company.
  • Partnership Training/Education à for small groups of employees, we can identify other industries with similar needs in order to share the cost.
  • College Access à academic courses can be offered at your site or our site during weekdays (work hours), weekdays (after hours), or weekends. Participants must meet all academic criteria to enter McNeese State University as students in good standing.
  • Reserved Seating in Pre-Scheduled Continuing Education Classes à seats in regularly scheduled McNeese Continuing Education classes can be reserved in advance.
  • Distance Learning Training/Education à arrangements can be made to deliver at our facilities distance learning classes that originate anywhere in the country for the benefit of your employees.
  • Grant Writing à resources seeking funding to cover training costs, programs or other needs specific to company needs.

Typical Training Offered:
The following titles describe the immediate capabilities of the IIEC faculty and industry partners. This is only a small sample of the Institute's potential to deliver quality industrial training. All courses are completely customizable based on your needs and timelines.

Basic Operator Training - Fundamentals of Process Plant Technology
The Basic Operator Training course is designed to educate and train new employees to understand and safely perform the duties of a Process Technician.  The prospective Process Technicians are introduced to the terminology, theory, practice, and mechanical practical application of equipment and processes that comprise a petrochemical facility. This course may be tailored to fit within a company’s specific training needs or we can conduct a BOT class composed of classroom and lab activities, on-the-job checklists, and evaluations to measure the performance of the employee and job descriptions during this probationary training period.

  • Piping
  • Valves
  • Pumps (positive displacement, centrifugal)
  • Vessels
  • Compressors
  • Electric Motors
  • Heat Exchangers
  • Mechanical Refrigeration Systems
  • Cooling Towers
  • Separators
  • Furnaces
  • Fired Heaters
  • Boilers
  • Distillation Towers
  • Distillation Systems
  • Reactors
  • Troubleshooting

Incumbent Operator Refresher Training
Incumbent Operator Training is provided to improve and enhance an incumbent employees understanding and productivity of their assigned duties.  This training can include: utilizing methods to teach proper reading, interpreting, and executing various procedures, troubleshooting skills, PSM considerations, hands-on training, abnormal conditions, and equipment care and monitoring.

Heat Exchanger Operation
This course describes the various types, parts, operation, troubleshooting of heat exchangers. Topics of discussion include:

  • Exchanger terminology and symbols
  • Heat exchanger applications
  • Relationship between different types of heat exchangers
  • Hazards associated with improper heat exchanger operation
  • Heat exchanger monitoring and maintenance activities

Valve Operation
This course covers the various types, of valves discussing:

  • Valve Function
  • Valve Parts
  • Opening Characteristics
  • Service Conditions

Operator Training on Simtronics Simulators
Use the Simtronics DSS-100 interactive and dynamic, real-time simulator to train operators on:

  • Tank System
  • Pump and Tank System Process
  • Mix Tank
  • Blending Tank
  • Flash Tank
  • Heat Exchanger
  • Unit Operations
  • Distillation
  • Natural Draft Fired Heater
  • Superheated Steam Boiler
  • Fixed Bed Reactor
  • Atmospheric Distillation Unit/Vacuum Distillation Unit

Process Instrumentation Training
The Hands On Trainer we own can be utilized as an excellent instrumentation trainer, while running in an operating mode. Process Instrumentation training is designed to enable the Process Technician to better understand and troubleshoot operational conditions.  This will enhance their abilities to recognize and properly approach instrumentation capabilities and abnormal conditions.

  • Process Variables
  • Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Level
  • Flow
  • Analytical Instruments

Basic Troubleshooting 
This course discusses two phases of process troubleshooting: 

  • The methodology approach to successful troubleshooting
  • The principles of process troubleshooting
  • Typical problem solving exercises

Process Utilities
This course discusses the various types and uses of plant utility systems. The goal here is to enhance the Process Technician’s awareness in areas of reliability and costs savings within the unit.  The systems include:

  • The various water systems
  • Steam systems
  • Utility and Instrument air system
  • Nitrogen system
  • Fuel Gas system
  • Relief and Flare systems
  • Electrical systems
  • Chemical Injection systems
  • Waste water treatment system

DCS Basic Controls Training 
The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology has two separate control systems in their training control room: Honeywell and Emerson Delta “V”.  We can offer a variety of training packages to enhance the operational approach and troubleshooting skills for incumbent board operators.  This can be especially useful to inexperienced board operators.

Confined Space Training 
The Confined Space/Climbing Tower facility at McNeese affords opportunities for training that may be unavailable at industry locations.  This 3-phase construction is a multi-faceted training tool:

  • The Climbing Tower is a 30’ enclosed ladder to teach climbing techniques and determine if a prospective employee has problems with heights.
  • The Confined Space Trainer can be used for: HS&E procedures, PSM activities, Permitting, and Executions.
  • The Tower Internals Trainer is especially adaptable to:  Various types of internal trays and parts, Inspection, Engineering design, Shutdown/turn-around activity scenarios.
  • This trainer encompasses a tremendous training potential that is difficult to safely administer inside a live facility.  The use of low voltage lighting, aspiration, and communications adds to its training ability.

Process Safety Management Field Basics Training
The Process Safety Management Field Basics Training can be generic in nature or site specific in regards to the many PSM functions and scope that are difficult to create under live conditions.

Equipment Care and Monitoring (ECM)
ECM training is geared towards incumbent employees to enable and enhance their ability to monitor and care for the equipment that they are responsible for. This course focuses on enhancing the Process Technician’s ability to monitor and care for rotating and/or fixed equipment. The goal here is to maximize equipment reliability and ensure safe, reliable, and efficient production. Discussion topics include:

  • Lubrication
  • Pumps
  • Compressors
  • Heat exchangers
  • Fired heaters
  • Piping and Valves

This course can be tailored and delivered to three separate audiences – Young Engineers, Experienced Engineers, and Board Operators.  The cornerstone of petrochemical operations is the knowledge, understanding, and practical application of fractionation principles and operating techniques.  Topics of discussion include:

  • Terminology
  • Steps of fractional distillation
  • Parts and support system of a fractionation tower
  • Fractionation systems: reflux, pump-arounds, etc.
  • Desalter operations and troubleshooting guidelines
  • Trends up and down the column
  • Vacuum tower operation
  • Distillation troubleshooting

Shaft Alignment – Theory and Applications
Misalignment is one of the most common malfunctions in rotating machines. A poorly aligned machine can account for up to 30 percent of a machine’s downtime. This training course introduces different types of misalignment and how to correct them through hands-on workshops using the latest laser alignment tool. 

  • Understanding Rotating Machinery Alignment
    • Terminology and Definitions
    • Parallel and angular misalignment
    • Alignment accuracy
    • Problems caused by misalignment 
  • Types of couplings
    • Flexible couplings
    • Rigid couplings 
  • Workshop - Detection of misalignment
    • Vibration measurements
    • Vibration analysis and data interpretation
    • Understanding vibration signatures of couplings
  • Laser Alignment Instrument
    • Introduction
    • Installation
    • Operation
    • Report generation
  • Workshop - Alignment Practice with Soft Foot
  • Workshop – Laser-based Alignment

Rotor Balancing – Theory and Applications
Unbalance is a major reason of machine deficiency. Poorly balanced rotating equipment will cause unexpected large vibration and noise level, and results in bearing fatigue and other structural failure. This training course includes lectures on basic theories, and three hands-on workshops for unbalance detection, single-plane and two-plane balancing.

  • Understanding Rotor Unbalance
    • Causes of unbalance
    • Static, Couple, & Dynamic Unbalance 
  • Working with vectors
    • Phase angles
    • Vector plotting
    • Vector addition and subtraction
  • Basic theory
    • Rigid and flexible rotors
    • Fundamental synchronous rotor response
    • Critical speeds
    • Phase response
    • Unbalance Characteristics 
  • Workshop - Unbalance Diagnosis
    • Instrumentation
    • Basic measurements
    • Data interpretation
  • Workshop - Balancing Single Plane Rotor Systems
    • Balancing instrumentation and software
    • Data acquisition and analysis
    • Determining the “heavy spot”
    • Determining trial weight amount and location
    • Graphical results analysis
    • Numerical results analysis
    • Influence vector calculation
  • Workshop - Balancing Multi-Plane Rotor Systems
    • Data acquisition and analysis
    • Analyzing modal responses
    • Dynamic balancing techniques
    • Results and discussion
  • Balancing Tolerances
    • Vibration tolerances and recommended specifications
    • ISO and American standards on balance quality grades

Effective Procedure Writing
Participants master the following skills:

  • Write grammatically and syntactically and grammatically correct samples of workplace genres
  • Demonstrate understanding of purpose, audience, and content as fundamental rhetorical principles of effective workplace writing
  • Demonstrate proficiency in writing a variety of procedures and process instructions
  • Analyze procedures used in workplace
  • Develop original documents based on case studies relevant to their particular workplaces.

Essential Skills of Communicating
Provides the tools necessary to develop clear, concise messages. Focusing on communication as a two-way process, the program can help even experienced managers improve their messages by making them clear, well organized and aimed at the needs and interests of the listener. By developing the essential skills of communicating, managers improve relations with their team members and increase productivity.

  • Create a Climate of Open Communication
  • Design Clear, Concise Messages
  • Manage Nonverbal Behaviors Effectively
  • Listen to Communicate

Essential Skills of Leadership
Builds a foundation that enables managers to manage their team toward a shared goal: achieving the organization’s strategic objectives.

  • Maintain of Enhance Team Member Self-Esteem
  • Focus on Behavior
  • Encourage Team Member Participation

Resolving Conflicts
Develop skills to identify the source of team member conflicts. Using effective communication and management techniques, managers can help individuals understand another point of view and move beyond the conflict.

  • Sources of Team Member Conflict
  • Effective Ways to Resolving Conflict
  • Mismanaged Agreement Appearing to be Conflict
  • Positive and Negative Aspects of Conflict

CBT Titles Available for Training

  • Valves – Basic Type and Operation 1 and 2, Actuators
  • Operator Responsibilities – Plant Production and Safety
  • Troubleshooting – Basic Concepts, Process Examples
  • Instrumentation and Control – Transmitters, Indicators, Recorders, Basic Control Instruments, Automatic Process Control
  • Gases and Flowing Liquids
  • Heat Exchangers – Shell and Tube Types, Cooling Towers
  • Valves – Introduction to Actuators
  • Boilers – Basic Principles and Types
  • Compressors – Positive Displacement, Centrifugal, Axial and Operation
  • Distillation – Principles and Basic System Components and Operation
  • Electrical Equipment – Production, Distribution, Transformers, Breakers, Switches, Motor Controllers
  • Lubricants and Bearings
  • Furnaces – Startup and Shutdown
  • Piping and Auxiliaries
  • Plant Science – Gases and Flowing Liquids, Heat Transfer, Fluid Systems
  • Pumps – Basic Types, Operation and Troubleshooting
  • Refrigeration Systems
  • Fundamentals of Bearings
  • Gears
  • Mechanical Seals
  • Shaft Alignment
  • Vibration Analysis
  • Welding – Arc Welding
  • Electrical – Intro to the National Electrical Code

Additional topics can be available upon request

For more information contact:

Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, Dean
College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
McNeese State University
Tel: (337) 475-5857, Email:

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