AiChE hosts presentation by CITGO to provide information on job opportunities

September 25, 2008

by Lance Traweek

Spokesmen from CITGO’s Lake Charles refinery spoke to chemical engineering students Sept. 18 to share information regarding internships and job opportunities.

The presentation, hosted by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), explained the functions of its refinery as well as what qualities the company is looking for in future employees.

Tim Wilson, a spokesman for CITGO, said the company is looking for students with assertiveness, strong communication skills and good problem-solving abilities.

“You don’t have to have a 4.0 GPA to work for us,” Wilson said. “We are looking for drive and determination in each applicant.”

Jessie McCormick, a member of the AIChE and a senior chemical engineering major, said it was interesting to hear information regarding such a well-known company.

“CITGO’s presentation gave me insight into the mind of an oil company,” McCormick said.

Samantha Ruiz, president of AIChE and a senior chemical engineering major, said organizations such as AIChE develop skills companies like CITGO require.

“I know that these big oil companies are not just looking for a genius,” Ruiz said. “They want someone willing to strive to be well-rounded in many aspects.”

In the future, AIChE plans to have a Chevron representative speak to students to give a broader insight to oil company’s demands.