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October Calendar 2018

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OCTOBER 2018 MATERIALSPERFORMANCE: VOL. 57, NO. 10 21 A s part of its 75th anniversary celebration, NACE International has spent much of 2018 looking back at the history of corrosion control and the development of the industry over the past 75 years. Equally important, however, is where the industry might be going in the next 75 years. While emerging technologies and aging infrastructure should offer opportunities for growth, significant challenges also exist. These include developing a new generation of workers and leaders to replace an aging workforce; responding to shifting marketplace demands; learning how to properly use those new technologies; and much more. To maximize the opportunities and overcome the challenges, steady lead- ership and the development of future industry leaders are essential. WORK FORCE DE V EL OPMEN T Bob Chalker, CEO of NACE since 2010, sees workforce development as an immediate and critical need. "Growing the workforce is a big priority," Chalker says. "It's really interesting because as the economies now are coming back strong, we're really seeing a shortage of workers across all industries. And with an indus- try as specialized as corrosion prevention or corrosion miti- gation, it gets accelerated for us." To address that concern, Chalker believes the industry needs a tight link with academia to develop the next genera- tion of workers—and to simply raise industry awareness. "I hate to say it, but nobody starts their life by saying, 'I want to grow up to be a corrosion engineer'," Chalker says. "If they do, it's because somebody in their life directly introduced them to it. Feeding that pipeline takes an extra effort." "I'm starting to see both in the United States and outside the United States, a growing interest by universities to focus on corrosion engineering, and that's good for us," Chalker adds. "That's going to draw people into our industry that maybe hadn't thought of us before. It's a step function. You're probably not going to take somebody that has never even thought about engineering to come in here. But if someone is going to school for materials engineering or chemical engi- neering, this can be a natural next step for them." Chalker cites The University of Akron (Akron, Ohio, USA), Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas, USA), and the University of Houston (Houston, Texas, USA) as examples of institutions that either have developed or are developing corrosion-specific programs. Association Efforts However, workforce development extends well beyond introductory univer- sity programs. As an association representing the industry, NACE offers edu- cation and training programs for professional development—and Chalker says further evolution is needed there, as well. "We're going to see people come into the industry early in their career, but I think we're also going to see people enter mid- and late-career as well, which is going to require different types of learning and education models," Chalker says. "It might be a paint applicator who decides to become a coating inspector, or someone who works on pipelines that gets his certification in cathodic protection. It's really at all levels." The NACE Leadership Program prepares members to ascend as leaders both in their professional corrosion careers and within the association. Photo courtesy of NACE International.

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