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Assessment of Corrosion Education
Short courses are primarily taught by three types of organizations: professional societies, postsecondary institutions, and private companies. Appendix D lists the organizations that are now regularly offering extramural corrosion training and education, along with some of the courses and administrative and course content details. Topics range from the basic and fundamental—as might be expected, a course entitled Corrosion Basics—to the focused and specific, such as one entitled Corrosion in Microelectronics. Corrosion is also covered in some short courses in the context of overall component design—for example, the ASME course Mechanical Insulation Design.
All the courses cover the following:
Introductory courses giving an overview of corrosion and its importance for society;
The mechanisms of corrosion, including electrochemical, pitting, and cracking and its thermodynamic and kinetic aspects;
Materials-specific classes covering both materials selection and how corrosion mechanisms vary between materials;
Corrosion control by cathodic and anodic means and by coatings;
The detection of corrosion; and
Sector-specific courses in sectors such the military, pipelines, the automotive industry, and aircraft applications.
Table 2-2 summarizes the committee’s analysis of how different levels of the workforce would benefit from the courses available.
SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
The committee has found that corrosion technologists are often trained on the job by means of short courses focused on defined sets of skills and on responses to generally known sets of conditions that are often repeated over and over again. It has also found that only a fraction of U.S. undergraduate MSE students are exposed to a course with detailed information on corrosion. The availability of such a course depends on faculty interest and expertise, as well as on how the teaching of corrosion fares in competition with other demands on the curriculum. In other design and engineering disciplines, undergraduate engineering students typically learn little about materials selection and usually have no more than one or two lectures on corrosion, often none. Whereas graduate engineering students specializing in corrosion get formal training in it, graduate MSE students are typically not required to take a course in corrosion; moreover, such courses are only offered in departments where there is a faculty member with expertise in corrosion. The availability of teachers for corrosion depends in turn on the health