Thursday AM January 8th, 2009

The nation's first freestanding corrosion training center opens this morning in Houston. Ed Mayberry reports.
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The National Association of Corrosion Engineers, which advances corrosion education, opens a new $2.4 million international training center on South Creek Drive, near I-10 and Barker Cypress Road, this morning.  Tony Keane is with NACE International.

"This is probably the only free-standing facility that's just dedicated strictly to corrosion education.  It's a 15,000-square-foot facility that has state-of-the-art classrooms, and what we specialize in is technical training, both in cathodic protection, wich is a technology to prevent corrosion, and then also coatings inspection, where we certify individuals to inspect a coatings application and surface preparation."

The effects of corrosion cost the United States over $276 billion each year.  The industry is expected to stay strong as companies place an even greater focus on asset protection and asset preservation.  Despite the ongoing demand, relatively few candidates are entering the field.  That means prospects are good for job seekers.

"The corrosion industry itself is really not considered or isolated as an industry sector that's measured because we're components of the utility industry, we're components of the oil and gas industry, so, however, what we are seeing is that we get representatives and technicians and engineers that are coming in from all industries, to become more aware of the impacts of corrosion and how they can prevent it.  Corrison continues no matter what the economy does, and because of the liability issues that are associated with it in many industries, it's something that is very important and is very costly."

According to an industry study, 30 per cent of the nation's water supply is lost each year due to corrosion. 

Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.

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Ed Mayberry has worked in radio since 1971, with many of those years spent on the rock 'n' roll disc jockey side of the business...