Process Technology students from Bellingham Technical College (BTC) recently visited the Shell Puget Sound Refinery (PSR) to get a closer look at process technology at work.

Approximately 65 BTC students arrived with their Instructor Scott Cory, and were greeted by PSR tour guides Joe Perron and Steve Williams. Both Perron and Williams have worked at PSR for several years, and have a passion for educating the community about how PSR provides the fuel products our region relies on in a safe and environmentally responsible way.

”Thanks to everyone at Shell involved in organizing the tour,” said Cory. “Our students had an amazing time. The tour was extremely informative and allowed our students to get a much better understanding of refinery operations, and how the various unit operations interact with each other. Seeing the Control Room was the highlight of the tour, and it gave our students a true appreciation of the complexity of your operation.”

PSR Human Resources Manager, Robin Yates, serves on the BTC Foundation Board of Directors, and believes the PSR-BTC partnership is critical.

“It is important for Shell to take an active role in connecting with BTC and supporting educational opportunities such as refinery tours, career nights, and scholarships,” said Yates.