Corrosion Technology utilizes chemistry, electricity, physics, metallurgy and other sciences to prevent or control corrosion damage. The technician applies these sciences to control the chemical and mechanical aspects that are involved in the deterioration of properties.

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Corrosion Technology - AAS

Corrosion Technology - Atmospheric Corrosion - Certificate Level I

Corrosion Technology - Cathodic Protection - Certificate Level I

Program Information

General Requirements

 

Corrosion Technology utilizes chemistry, electricity, physics, metallurgy and other sciences to prevent or control corrosion damage. The technician applies these sciences to control the chemical and mechanical aspects that are involved in the deterioration of properties.

Corrosion Technicians have a basic understanding of electricity, chemistry, metallurgy and the properties of materials. Corrosion Technicians work both indoors and outdoors installing, maintaining, inspecting and troubleshooting all sorts of facilities such as pipelines, storage tanks, building components, industrial equipment, airplanes, ships, railcars, etc. Corrosion technicians may specialize in coating inspection, cathodic protection (use of electricity to control corrosion), chemical inhibition, material selection, or design to control the corrosion processes.

Corrosion technology is a stable occupation due to the fact that corrosion will never go away. New government regulations over the past 10 years have focused on increased corrosion control which is steadily increasing the demand for trained Corrosion Technicians. Pipeline Integrity regulations, Underground Storage Tank (UST) regulations, and Operator Qualification regulations are examples of the emphasis that is increasing the need for Corrosion Technicians.

In addition, please note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.

Program Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Students will identify and explain the various types of corrosion using the correct terminology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of corrosion control methods that are appropriate for different circumstances.
  • Apply corrosion theory to assess at least one corrosion problem and recommend a suitable remedy.
  • Match corrosion processes to the appropriate materials which include metals, plastics, ceramics, bricks, stoneware, porcelain, clay, glass, concrete, graphite, wood, etc.
  • Identify the major job markets in corrosion technology and recall the types and levels of certification in each field.

Employment

 

This career path offers two certificate programs that lead to an AAS degree in Corrosion Technology and NACE Certification. The program prepares students to carry out technician-level corrosion work that involves data collection, installations, and repairs. Certificate programs can be completed within two semesters.

  • Salaries range from $42,000 to $61,000

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