Torrance Refinery hosted seven Engineering Interns this summer after pausing its program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students Keily Morimoto, James Tran, Torger Berge, Jessica Tang, Luke Walker, Spencer Golpashin and Alejandro Guzman represented UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, and California State University, Long Beach.
Jessica Tang, who is studying mechanical engineering at UCLA, grew up in Torrance and remembers Torrance Refinery as a familiar sight. “I’ve had a wonderful time as an engineer intern here. Growing up in Torrance, with a family business a few miles away, the refinery was always a constant, but vague, neighbor,” said Tang. Now, after spending a summer learning about the refinery and refining industry, Tang has a better understanding of the business. “I didn’t really understand what the refinery did, but now I know what the people inside do, in addition to all the safety mechanisms in place to keep everyone safe,” Tang noted.