Realistic, Hands-On Training

Polaris Hands-on Operations Training (HOT) units give new operators the opportunity to learn and practice real-world skills in a safe, yet realistic industrial environment. Students master the critical competencies required to safely operate process equipment.

HOT units are purpose-built to support Process Technology (PTEC) and Basic Operator Training (BOT) requirements using industrial equipment, piping, and instrumentation. Each unit comes with detailed operating manuals, procedures, and structured training exercises.

Three Hands-On Trainer models are available:

  • HOT Model 1
  • HOT Model 3
  • HOT Model LNG
Polaris HOT Unit
Polaris Hands-On Training Unit at Mississippi Gulf Coast CC


Operators learn to perform:

  • Startup, shutdown, and emergency procedures
  • Equipment and process troubleshooting
  • Effective rounds and shift handover
  • Equipment lineups
  • Practice teamwork and effective communications
Each HOT unit is manufactured to ASME standards, using state-of-the-art industrial components and a fully functional DCS. The durable design ensures the unit provides reliable service in indoor or outdoor environments.


Learn the essentials of temperature, flow, level, and pressure from over 100 exercises, scenarios, and procedures available for the Polaris HOT Model 1. The HOT Model 1 includes:

  • Centrifugal pumps
  • Shell and tube heat exchanger
  • Fan-type air cooler
  • Electric heater
  • 300-gallon feed tank
  • 300-gallon product tank
  • Chemical injection tank
  • Safety shower
  • Gauges, valves, control loops
  • Emerson Delta V DCS

HOT Model 3

Polaris H.O.T. Model 3
Learn the fundamentals of distillation by separating a binary mixture of water and glycol. Operators learn unit startup and shutdown, continuous operation, and quality control with the robust curriculum and procedures and accompany the Polaris HOT Model 3.
The HOT Model 3 includes:
  • Centrifugal pumps
  • Vacuum pump (liquid ring compressor)
  • Vacuum tower
  • Reboiler
  • Overhead condenser
  • Overhead receiver
  • Boiler
  • Boiler feed drum
  • Gauges, valves, control loops
  • Emerson Delta V DCS



The Polaris HOT units come with comprehensive training materials including:

  • Process description
  • Process control description
  • Operating procedures
  • Round sheets
  • Exercises and scenarios

Additional training aids are available to support the HOT models:


Using the simulator and virtual field operator, students familiarize themselves with the operation of the HOT unit and practice procedures in a computer lab, before working on the HOT unit.


A representative is ready to meet with you to discuss your needs and assist you with finding the right solution to support your process technology instruction or basic operator training.

For education, please contact the following representative for your state:

Region Representative Territories
Midwest, West Advanced Technologies Consultants, Inc.
Arizona, California, Illinois Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas
Northeast Simtronics Corporation
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont
Southeast Southern Education Systems
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
All Other States and Industry Systran, Inc.
Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming