Hands On Trainer Units from Polaris

There are three different Hands on Trainer (HOT) units available to support operator training. All three units are fully functional, allowing students to learn industrial equipment in a safe environment.

Hands On Training Process Equipment from Polaris
Hands On Training Process Equipment from Polaris

Hands on Training Units from Polaris

There are three different Hands on Trainer (HOT) units available to support operator training. All three units are fully functional, allowing students to learn industrial equipment in a safe environment.

Teach Operator Skills with a Hands On Trainer Unit

Hands On Trainer Units Students Learning

Polaris Hands On Trainer (HOT) Units give new operators the opportunity to learn, practice, and certify on real-world operator skills in a safe, yet realistic industrial environment. 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.

HOT Units Help Build Knowledge and Skills

Operators learn to perform: 

  • Startup, shutdown, and emergency procedures 
  • Equipment and process troubleshooting 
  • Effective rounds and shift handover 
  • Equipment lineups 
  • Energy isolation (LOTO) of equipment and systems 

Each Hands-On Trainer (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. 


Polaris Hands On Training Unit 1

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: 

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

HOT MODEL 3 — Glycol Distillation Trainer 

Learn the fundamentals of distillation by separating a binary mixture of water and glycol in a learning environment. Operators learn unit startup and shutdown, continuous operations, and quality control with the robust curriculum and procedures that accompany the POLARIS Hands On Training 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) 
Hands On Training Unit Glycol Unit from Polaris

Take a virtual walk through the HOT Model 1 and HOT Model 3!

These units are located at Lamar State College Port Arthur. The first unit that comes into view is the HOT 1, and then if you pan the camera around you will see HOT 3. Click and drag to move the camera around. Click once to move the location of the camera.

Polaris Hands On Trainer LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas)

HOT LNG — LNG Operations Trainer

Learn the fundamentals of LNG operations. This unit emulates refrigeration, compression, vaporization, and processes used by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities. Operators learn unit startup, shutdown, and continuous operation using the procedures that accompany the unit. The HOT LNG Hands On Training unit includes:

  • Compressors (2)
  • Heat Exchangers (3)
  • Pump
  • Water Heater
  • Vessels
  • Control Valves
  • Gauges, valves, sensors and controllers
  • Emerson Delta V Distributed Control System (DCS)

Hands On Trainer Curriculum and Training Aids

Hands On Trainer Unit from Polaris with Students

The Polaris HOT units come with comprehensive training materials including: 

  • Process and control descriptions 
  • Operating procedures (pre-startup/startup, shutdown, emergency) 
  • Equipment identification 
  • Equipment lineups 
  • Energy isolation 
  • Round sheets 


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 Hands-On-Training (HOT) unit, practice procedures, and perform troubleshooting, before going out to work on the actual process unit while Process Equipment Animations help learners visualize the internal workings of the equipment, supplementing the curriculum for the HOT units. 


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.

Advanced Technologies Consultants, Inc.



Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington 

Simtronics Corporation



Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont 


Technical Education Solutions

Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia


Southern Education Systems 



Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia 

Systran, Inc.


Contact Us

Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming 

Polaris HOT Unit FAQs

Systran currently offers 3 different Polaris Hands On Trainer (HOT) units for purchase: Fundamentals, Glycol Distillation, and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG)

Yes! Each unit comes with operating manuals, procedures, and exercises to help teach students in a controlled industrial environment.

They will learn startup/shutdown/emergency procedures, equipment/process troubleshooting, effective rounds, shift handover, equipment lineups, and energy isolation (through lockout tagout) of equipment and systems.

Yes! We can provide Simtronics dynamic process simulations with workbooks, a 3D virtual field operator, and Systran’s process equipment animations.