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How Do I Become a Corrosion Technician?

Corrosion technician must be proficient in math and science since they study the process of rust and other damage on building materials.
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  • Last Modified Date: 29 October 2014
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In industrial settings, various materials are often exposed to moisture and caustic materials that can lead to corrosion of machine components, structural components, and more. A corrosion technician is a person who analyzes this corrosive process and formulates processes and materials to help prevent corrosion in the future. In order to become a corrosion technician, you will first need to complete a high school education or equivalent qualification, paying close attention to math and science courses. From there, you can choose from a few different paths that will help you become a corrosion technician.

It is possible to earn a college degree in engineering or corrosion engineering in order to become a corrosion technician. Such a program can take four years or more to complete, and when the program is complete, you will have the educational foundation for taking further steps to become a corrosion technician. After you graduate, you will likely need to earn certain certifications or licenses as outlined by local or regional governing agencies. Some employers will allow you to earn such certifications on the job, though in other cases you may be required to earn such certifications beforehand.

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If you do not want to earn a college degree, you may be able to take part in job training that will help you become a corrosion technician. A certification program offered by a vocational or technical school will generally give you the skills and education necessary to be hired in the field. This training can vary in duration, and it is a good idea to do some research into various job listings to find out which certifications employers are looking for. This will ensure you earn the proper certifications that are more likely to get you hired. Once you become a corrosion technician, you should expect to renew such certifications periodically or take part in professional development training.

You will need to write a resume in order to get a job as a corrosion technician. This document will give employers an understanding of your training, skills, and experience that will make you a good job candidate. In order to boost your resume, you may want to consider taking entry level positions within the construction industry or other industries that hire corrosion technicians. This will show employers you are knowledgeable about the industry and have developed skills relevant to that industry. Outline any other jobs you have held on your resume and explain how they are relevant to the position for which you are applying.

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