Overview of Corrosion Technology
Corrosion costs the U.S. over $300 billion per year and also produces significant safety, environmental, and financial consequences. Corrosion control is therefore important to company profits and is required by government regulatory agencies such as the EPA, DOT, and OPS.
Corrosion technology utilizes chemistry, electricity, physics, metallurgy and other sciences to prevent or control corrosion damage. Careers in Corrosion Control
therefore apply these sciences to control
the chemical and mechanical aspects that
are involved in the deterioration of properties, which we call “Corrosion.”
Students who major in Corrosion Technology may also qualify for Department Scholarships provided by several companies and individuals.
What do graduates of the program do?
Corrosion technicians must 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 accomplish their goal of controlling corrosion processes.
Record keeping is a large part of good corrosion control and is required by many of the governing agencies.
What is the job outlook for graduates?
Corrosion technology has been 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.
Kilgore College is currently the only school which has a 2-Year Degree in Corrosion Technology, therefore, finding employment is further enhanced for graduates.
What kind of salary can graduates expect?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the national median salary is $64,860. Local salaries vary.
How long does it take to complete the program?
A full-time student who has graduated from high school and requires no remedial coursework can complete the Associate Degree in four semesters which is normally two years. This includes a summer internship, which is accomplished between the second and third semester. The certificate requires only two semesters which can be completed in one year plus any remedial courses, if needed.