South Plains College trains technicians for IMET opportunities


LEVELLAND – Staying current on industry trends and training the next class if graduates is the primary focus on the instructors of the South Plains College Industrial Manufacturing and Emerging Technologies program. 

According to Raymund Elizondo, program coordinator and professor of IMET, the college enjoys a 95 percent placement rate for its graduates. What makes this number even more outstanding is that recruiters from major oil companies in the region visit South Plains College at least twice a year to secure interns for their summer programs. 

After a recent visit from Phets Sovilay, MCBU Learning and Development Team and Operations Recruiter for Chevron, Elizondo said the outlook for qualified technicians is great. 

“When the recruiters come to campus, they are looking at our graduates as prospective employees,” he said. “It begins with their participation in a paid summer internship which allows the students the opportunity to see how the things they learn in the classroom are being performed in the field.” 

The Industrial Manufacturing program at SPC reflects the ever-changing needs of the industry. It provides students with the skills necessary to become an entry-level electronics technician.  Graduates of the IM program can gain employment in a variety of areas such as manufacturing, industrial, medical, consumer products, communication, personal computers, networking and other specialized areas. SPC offers the highly-sought Associate of Applied Science degree as well as two optional Certificates of Proficiency. 

In addition to Chevron, representatives from Oxy Module Truck Service and X-Fab also recruit students from the program. 

“If the economy needs technicians, this is where it starts,” Elizondo said. 

For more information, contact Elizondo at (806) 716-2352 or email