Realistic, Hands-On Training

Polaris Hands-on 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 Hands-On Training (HOT) unit is manufactured to ASME standards with steel, not PVC, 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.

HOT MODEL 1 – Operations Fundamentals Trainer

Learn the fundamentals of temperature, flow, level, and pressure from over 100 exercises, scenarios, and procedures available for the Polaris Hands-On Training (HOT) Model 1. The HOT Model 1 unit includes:

  • Centrifugal pumps
  • Shell and tube heat exchanger
  • Fan-type air cooler
  • Electric heater
  • 300-gallon feed and product tanks
  • Chemical injection tank
  • Safety shower
  • Gauges, valves, sensors, controllers
  • Emerson Delta V Distributed Control System (DCS)

HOT Model 3 – Glycol Distillation Trainer

Polaris HOT 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 and overhead receiver
  • Boiler and boiler feed drum
  • Gauges, valves, sensors and controllers
  • Emerson Delta V Distributed Control System (DCS)


Simtronics Virtual Field Operator
for the HOT Model 1

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:

Systran Process Equipment Animations
Bundle for HOT Model 1/3

Using the simulator and virtual field operator, students familiarize themselves with the operation of the Hands-On Training (HOT) unit and practice procedures in a computer lab, before going out to work on the actual process 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 or basic operator training program. For education, please contact the following representative for your state below:

Region Representative Territories
Midwest, West Advanced Technologies Consultants, Inc.
Arizona, California, Illinois Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington
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, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
All Other States and Industry Systran, Inc.
Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming