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Lake Area Industry Alliance

Education & Training

Some form of advanced training beyond a high school diploma is usually needed for most industrial jobs. This could be completion of a skills course, a two-year associates degree or a four-year college degree. Each job requirement is different and more information is available on the company website, but below is a general guide to the type of education and training needed for various industrial positions:


In many instances a Process Plant Technology associate's degree is required for an entry-level operations position; however, with experience some companies will accept a high school diploma or G.E.D. as the basic requirement to take the pre-employment test. The ability to read and understand flow charts and blue prints is a must. Also required are good math, science and verbal skills and a successful score on pre-employment tests. The applicant must be able to work overtime and shift work. Relevant experience is preferred.


A high school diploma or G.E.D. is required. The applicant must complete formal training and apprenticeship or certification requirements for the Journeyman level. Good verbal skills, and the ability to work overtime or shift work is a plus. Troubleshooting and industry experience, including construction work, is preferred.


A high school diploma or G.E.D. is required. An associate's or bachelor's degree may be required. Applicant must be a competent typist, have computer skills and be able to learn software programs. Good communication skills and organization are important. Three to five years of experience and specialized training is preferred.


Applicant must possess problem-solving skills and good math, written and verbal skills. Five years of Journeyman level experience or advanced training with high-tech equipment or processes are usually required.


A college degree in a related field is required. The applicant must be fully competent in all aspects of the related field, and have good written and verbal communication skills. The ability to work both independently and with others is a must.


High school diploma or G.E. D. is required. A minimum completion of related vocational training is preferred. These jobs are usually filled by internal promotion. Supervisors generally have well-developed leadership delegation, analytical and problem-solving skills. Excellent management and interpersonal communication skills are a must.

These area resources offer programs for many of the industrial jobs:

ABC Training Center
222 Walcot Road
Westlake, LA 70669
(337) 882-0204
Academy of Acadiana Lake Charles
1800 Ryan Street, Suite 106
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Cornerstone University
1605 Broad Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
(337) 497-1871
Delta Tech
517 Broad Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
(337) 439-5765
Dynamic Education Systems, Inc.
311 Broad Street
Lake Charles, LA 70602
(337) 33-8609
McNeese State University
Burton Business Center Building
4205 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70609
(337) 475-5556
3820 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Avenue
Lake Charles, LA 70615
(337) 491-2610
Unitech Training Academy
2827 4th Avenue
Lake Charles, LA 70601
(337) 564-5716