TORC Routine Maintenance Supervisor Rudy Rojas
Sal, Rudy, and Joey combined have worked more than 44 years at the Torrance Refinery and belong to a group of employees who demonstrate the value that the oil and gas industry brings to our neighbors’ lives and the community. According to an economic impact study, every refinery job in California supports 15 more jobs in the economy. This bears out in the Rojas family. Their other sibling Moses works for a contract company that also supports refinery activities.
Like many Refinery employees, the Rojas brothers speak passionately about the value their jobs bring to their lives. Rudy recounted how through his dad, he and his siblings were exposed to refinery jobs at an early age, which led them to consider working in the industry as soon as they were able. Looking back, he reflects on how this decision had a life-changing impact.
“We lived in a tough neighborhood,” Rudy shared candidly. “I believe that working here, with the strict procedures and safety protocols, kept me and my brothers from going down the wrong path in life. To this day, my mother says our refinery jobs are a blessing because with our jobs we matured faster, were able to create a good life for ourselves, buy our own homes and provide for our families. These experiences led us to a position where we can now help others – and that’s why our family volunteers when they can.”
Sal, who also volunteers at the Long Beach Veterans Hospital, added, “Lots of non-profits rely on volunteers. Without them, lots of things would not be possible.”
Indeed, through employees such as the Rojas brothers and others who participate in TORC’s WIP program, Refinery employees have supported the meaningful work many nonprofits perform to make a positive impact on the lives of those they serve.