Corrosion Technology

Bridge construction. Rusty metal piers of the unfinished bridge across the Dnieper in Kyiv (Ukraine).

 Welcome to this new program!

This two-year Associate of Applied Science degree prepares students for entry-level employment as a Corrosion Technician in the fields of manufacturing, oil & gas, government, pipeline maintenance and general corrosion management. Students will learn in state-of-the-art industry labs and classroom settings using industry recognized equipment while preparing to sit for NACE certification exams. Courses include a capstone project and internship experience.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • Utilize basic knowledge of mathematics, electricity, chemistry, physics, metallurgy and the properties of materials to prevent or control corrosion
  • Apply corrosion theory to prevent, assess and correct corrosion problems
  • Install, maintain, inspect, troubleshoot and remedy corrosion problems
  • Adhere to safe work practices and ensure compliance with company and regulatory requirements pertaining to corrosion applications
  • Identify and address electrical reactions
  • Identify and safely use cathodic testing equipment
  • Identify and apply coatings and linings
  • Interpret, produce and explain technical reports and perform field surveys
WHAT IS CORROSION

Corrosion is a naturally occurring phenomenon commonly defined as the deterioration of  a material (usually a metal) that results from a chemical  or electrochemical reaction with its environment (Corrosion Basics, An Introduction, L.S. Van Delinder, ed. (Houston, TX: NACE, 1984)).

Corrosion costs the U.S. over roughly $279 billion per year and can cause dangerous and expensive damage to everything from vehicles, home appliances, water and wastewater systems, to pipelines, bridges and public buildings.  Corrosion control is important to company profits and is required by government regulatory agencies such as the EPA, DOT and OPS.
Two broken plumbing pipe almost completely blocked with vibrant orange rust.

CORROSION TECHNICIAN

Corrosion Technology includes energy infrastructure, transportation systems, national defense and more. A successful corrosion technician installs, maintains, inspects, troubleshoots facilities and documents issues with as many details as possible. Corrosion repair defects can be solved faster — with less equipment down time — with proper documentation of the resolution process. Future repairs can be avoided with preventative maintenance administered by the technician, based on past documented problems.

Corrosion Technicians have a basic understanding of electricity, chemistry, metallurgy and the properties of materials. Careers in corrosion apply these sciences to detect and control chemical and mechanical deterioration. 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. It is a rapidly growing field as a result of crumbling infrastructure, reliance on energy, and many corrosion technicians near retirement. 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.
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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
  • Department of Transportation
  • Gas and oil industry
  • Dairy industry
  • Pipelines
  • Electric, cable, telephone companies
  • Utilities such as water and wastewater
  • Facility maintenance
  • Auto, vehicle and heavy equipment industry
  • Wind energy
  • Bridge and welding inspector
  • Metallurgy and polymers
  • Fuels Industry
  • Government agencies

The average pay is $23.49/hour or $59,119 annually.

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To learn more about admissions, cost of attendance, financial aid and to apply for the program, click here.

For more information about the Corrosion Technology program:

Traci Masau
Workforce Navigator
406-377-9418
[email protected]

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