Corrosion Engineering Technology

Rusty PipesThe Associate of Applied Science (AAS)in Corrosion Engineering Technology prepares students to evaluate corrosion of materials in the field and apply strategies for mitigating corrosion. The program strives to balance classroom instruction with relevant field and lab work. In completing the AAS in Corrosion Engineering Technology, students will also be prepared to pass certification tests in Basic Corrosion and Cathodic Protection offered by NACE (formerly known as the National Association of Corrosion Engineers).

The Department of Defense has provided funds that will directly support the degree.

Corrosion Engineering Technology Information Sheet


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Career opportunities

An individual with an AAS degree in Corrosion Engineering Technology can find employment in any industry that is impacted by material degradation — including the oil and gas, chemical processing, and construction industries.

The Center for Marketing and Opinion Research in 2013 found that local employers have a definite need for employees with an Associate Degree in Corrosion Engineering Technology. The Department of Labor and Statistics indicates that starting salaries will be greater than $55,000 per year.


Our faculty

Our faculty in corrosion engineering technology . . .

  • offer expertise to support the technical aspects of the program.
  • incorporate real engineering design challenges into courses.
  • collaborate on research with students and colleagues at The University of Akron, other schools, government agencies, and private industries.

Core courses

2850:120 Corrosion Engineering Technology Fundamentals 1 (3 credits)

Prerequisite: 2820:111. Introduction to corrosion engineering topics such as economic impacts of corrosion, different types of corrosion, their recognition and prevention, parameters affecting corrosion, and methods of corrosion control.

2850:121 Corrosion Engineering Technology Fundamentals 2 (4 credits)

Prerequisite: 2850:120. Students gain a basic understanding of different steps and methods required for combating corrosion in different industries. These methods include proper design, material selection, application of protecting coatings, use of inhibitors, and cathodic and anodic protection. (1 credit lab; 3 credits lecture)

2850:220 Strategies for Corrosion Prevention (4 credits)

Prerequisite: 2850:121. Corequisite: 2820:163. This course focuses on the control of corrosion by applying coatings and cathodic protection. (1 credit lab; 3 credits lecture)

2850:221 Corrosion Engineering Technology Projects (4 credits)

Prerequisite: 2850:220. This course focuses on corrosion/failure analysis and corrosion mitigation. Progress reports, oral, and a formal written report required. Discussion of regulatory compliance and resource acquisition and allocation. (2 credits lab; 2 credits lecture)