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How to become a Corrosion Control Technician

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What does a Corrosion Control Technician do?

Corrosion control technicians are investigators. They use their knowledge of the ways in which different materials react with their environment to measure levels of corrosion damage and produce evaluation reports, often under the guidance of an engineer.

Technicians work in areas where the satisfactory performance of certain materials, often metals but also plastics and concrete, are vital to the safety or performance of a structure. This includes oil refineries, oil rigs and within the shipbuilding, aerospace and chemical processing industries.

Technicians must recognise the operating conditions and environmental situations which can cause corrosion and take the necessary preventative action. In most instances there will be set procedures, which the technician must follow. Using complex instrumentation, they monitor corrosion levels. They collect data and then report to a professional corrosion engineer to decide the appropriate action needed to resolve the problem.

Some technicians are trained to carry out their work underwater, surveying structures using remote operating vehicles. Technicians also run special tests in laboratories and use computers.

What's the working environment like working as a Corrosion Control Technician?

Hours are determined by the urgency of a job and will often be irregular, involving overtime, nights and weekends. Periods of time may be spent away from home working in inaccessible areas.

Fieldwork takes place outdoors, in all weathers, although some testing may take place in laboratories. The work is physical and involves the use of heavy equipment. There is also a lot of bending and lifting and conditions vary from working in cramped areas to working at great heights. The work may involve climbing ladders, crawling through pipes and visiting places which are difficult to access, such as off-shore oil rigs.

What does it take to become a Corrosion Control Technician?

To be a corrosion control technician you should:

  • have practical and scientific skills
  • have an ability to work methodically, often to set procedures
  • have normal colour vision and good hand-to-eye co-ordination
  • be able to work safely with potentially dangerous equipment and work unsupervised or as part of a team
  • have a thorough understanding of the basics of corrosion, knowledge of welding and different metals.

Corrosion Control Technician Career Opportunities

Many of the traditional employers such as the oil and gas industries sub-contract the work to specialist companies, and maintain just a small group of elite technologists. Many universities use their academic experience to offer a consultancy service to industry.

The chemical processing, aerospace, shipbuilding, construction and civil engineering industries are the other main employers, together with the firms that provide specialist services.

Promotion prospects vary from company to company. Higher qualified technicians may progress to managerial levels or became corrosion engineers. Self-employment and consultancy work is a possibility for more experienced technicians.

Further information

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Engineering Careers Information Service *
EMTA House
14 Upton Road
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD1 7EP
Tel: 0800 282167
www.emta.org.uk

The Welding Institute Training and Examination Services
Granta Park
Great Abington
Cambridge
CB1 6AL
Tel: 01223 891162
www.twi.co.uk

The Institute of Corrosion
4 Leck House
Lake Street
Leighton Buzzard
Bedfordshire
LU7 9TQ
01525 851771
www.icorr.org
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