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Assessment of Corrosion Education
engineers in terms of the impact of the current system on two sectors: government and industry.
As discussed in Chapter 2 in relation to the so-called corrosion workforce pyramid, the corrosion workforce can be divided into a number of categories relevant to this report.
Technologists needed to perform repeated crucial functions, such as paint inspectors and specifiers, and cathodic protection designers and installers.
Undergraduate engineering students in MSE who upon graduation should be knowledgeable in materials selection;
Undergraduate engineering students in other design and engineering disciplines such as mechanical, civil, chemical, industrial, and aeronautical engineering; and
MSE graduate students who upon graduation should be very knowledgeable in materials selection and in some cases will go on to be experts in the field of corrosion.
The committee has found that corrosion technologists are often trained through the supervised performance of repeated and predictable corrosion tasks (on-the-job training), in conjunction with short courses and associate degrees offered by a few community colleges. The tasks performed by these corrosion technologists often require implementation of standardized practices. This training generally equips an individual to recognize a fairly well-behaved set of conditions and teaches how he or she would go about selecting the preferred solution. However it does not impart enough understanding so the individual could apply a body of knowledge to a situation he or she had not encountered before.
The committee has found that at only a fraction of the MSE departments across the country do undergraduate MSE students take a course with some detailed corrosion content. The availability of such a course depends on faculty interest and expertise and how well corrosion competes with other subjects demanding a slot in the curriculum. In other design and engineering disciplines, undergraduate engineering students typically take one course, a survey course, in materials. But they learn little about materials selection and usually would have attended no more than one or two lectures on corrosion, if that.
Whereas graduate engineering students specializing in corrosion get formal training in corrosion, graduate MSE students are typically not required to study it, and a corrosion course is offered only in departments where a faculty member has expertise in corrosion. The drop in U.S. publishing in corrosion science and engi-