Profession corrosion technician

Corrosion technicians monitor the integrity from a pipeline and provide repairs to it if needed. They ensure that the pipelines are properly connected and are in line with the health and safety regulations. Corrosion technicians inspect cathodic protection systems and pipeline connection points for corrosion. They may also assist in the designing of pipelines, analyse soil and write reports on technical issues.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

  • Physics

    Have a wide background of physics which is the natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through space and time, along with related concepts such as energy and force.

  • Types of pipelines

    Know various types of pipelines and their different usages. Differentiate between pipelines used to transport goods over short and long distances, and understand their respective feeding systems.

  • Risk management

    The process of identifying, assessing, and prioritising of all types of risks and where they could come from, such as natural causes, legal changes, or uncertainty in any given context, and the methods on dealing with risks effectively.

  • Corrosion types

    The various types of oxidation reactions with the environment, such as rusting, copper pitting, stress cracking, and others.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Chemistry

    The composition, structure, and properties of substances and the processes and transformations that they undergo; the uses of different chemicals and their interactions, production techniques, risk factors, and disposal methods.

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.

  • Quality assurance methodologies

    Quality assurance principles, standard requirements, and the set of processes and activities used for measuring, controlling and ensuring the quality of products and processes.

Skills

  • Recognise signs of corrosion

    Recognise the symptoms of metal showing oxidation reactions with the environment resulting in rusting, copper pitting, stress cracking, and others, and estimate the rate of corrosion.

  • Manage health and safety standards

    Oversee all personnel and processes to comply with health, safety and hygiene standards. Communicate and support alignment of these requirements with the company's health and safety programmes.

  • Repair pipelines

    Conduct maintenance and repair work on pipelines to prevent or remedy damages using, if necessary, remote-controlled robots.

  • Collaborate with engineers

    Work closely and communicate with engineers on designs or new products.

  • Inspect pipelines

    Walk flow lines to identify damage or leaks; use electronic detection equipment and conduct visual inspections.

  • Write technical reports

    Compose technical customer reports understandable for people without technical background.

  • Ensure compliance with environmental legislation

    Monitor activities and perform tasks ensuring compliance with standards involving environmental protection and sustainability, and amend activities in the case of changes in environmental legislation. Ensure that the processes are compliant with environment regulations and best practices.

  • Execute analytical mathematical calculations

    Apply mathematical methods and make use of calculation technologies in order to perform analyses and devise solutions to specific problems.

  • Write work-related reports

    Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.

  • Create solutions to problems

    Solve problems which arise in planning, prioritising, organising, directing/facilitating action and evaluating performance. Use systematic processes of collecting, analysing, and synthesising information to evaluate current practice and generate new understandings about practice.

Optional knowledge and skills

mechanics use personal protection equipment keep records of work progress conduct soil sample tests prepare chemical samples types of metal laboratory techniques analytical chemistry assess environmental impact perform laboratory tests soil science use ict systems detect flaws in pipeline infrastructure production processes chemical processes inorganic chemistry perform scientific research soil structure use a computer create designs for pipeline engineering design principles