DoD Offers Free SSPC, NACE Training
SSPC and NACE will provide free courses in corrosion prevention and mitigation this year to Department of Defense personnel, thanks to funding from DoD's corrosion office.
Under the plan, active-duty and civilian DoD personnel may take any of 65 NACE or SSPC courses pertaining to basic corrosion, protective coatings, cathodic protection and coatings inspection without cost through Dec. 31, the DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office announced.
DoD is the U.S.'s largest employer, with more than 2.1 million employees.
"We encourage anyone who works on DoD equipment, facilities or infrastructure to take advantage of the chance to improve his or her knowledge in preventing and mitigating corrosion," said Daniel J. Dunmire, director of the office.
The DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office develops and recommends policy guidance on corrosion prevention and control (CPC) for the DoD, coordinates CPC activities among the armed services, and offers guidance for improving corrosion maintenance and training, among other initiatives.
Founded in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1950, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is a non-profit association focused on the use of protective coatings for the preservation of infrastructure, industrial and marine assets.
To inquire about funding for SSPC courses, contact Jennifer Merck at email@example.com or 412-281-2331 ext. 2221.
NACE International, established in 1943 and headquartered in Houston, TX, is a global authority for corrosion control solutions.
"We encourage anyone who works on DoD equipment, facilities, or infrastructure to take advantage of the chance to improve his or her knowledge in preventing and mitigating corrosion," said Daniel J. Dunmire, director of the DoD Corrosion Office.
3,500 Students, 10 Years
SSPC and NACE have educated nearly 3,500 students since the Corrosion Office awarded its first contract for training and certifying military personnel in 2005.
These professionals have come from a variety of armed services, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which employs coating inspectors in its quality assurance program.
"The availability of DoD funding for training and certification courses in industrial coatings provides an outstanding resource for the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure that our quality assurance staff is exceptionally knowledgeable," said John L. Pariseau, a QA specialist with the Corps.