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Veterans Get Corrosion Career Training

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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U.S. military veterans are becoming certified in cathodic protection with the help of a $2,500 grant from Consumers Energy, an electric and natural gas utilities company in Michigan.

The grant went to NACE's Detroit section, which designed the workforce development program and raised funds to make the training free for the veterans they recruited to participate.

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Consumers Energy provided a $2,500 grant through its foundation to help 13 veterans become certified in cathodic protection. NACE designed the workforce development program.

After receiving classroom training at Fort Custer, 13 veterans are getting hands-on training at Consumers Energy's facility in Climax, MI, to learn how corrosion prevention improves the integrity of steel and keeps pipeline safe.

'Immediately Employable'

Veterans who successfully complete the training will receive a certification that "makes them immediately employable in the corrosion industry," said Frank Rampton, NACE chair of public affairs.

"The training from NACE is completely free to the veterans, including food and lodging, thanks to generous contributors. Plus, the use of Consumers Energy's natural gas facility was critical to making this cathodic protection training session possible," Rampton said.

According to NACE, the average salary for corrosion professionals in Michigan is nearly $85,000.

Veteran Career Development

"We are excited to support this workforce development effort to prepare Michigan veterans for careers valued in the energy sector," said Carolyn Bloodworth, secretary/treasuer of the Consumers Energy Foundation.

"Our promise is to care for the communities we serve, and that includes training and developing Michigan's workforce."

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Veterans who successfully complete the training will receive a certification that "makes them immediately employable in the corrosion industry," NACE said.

The foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy. It provides funding for a variety of areas, including education, community, civic and cultural development, social services, the environment, and emerging issues.


Tagged categories: Cathodic protection; Corrosion protection; NACE; North America; Pipeline; Program/Project Management; Utilities; Worker training

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