Young Engineers Programme (YEP)

Aberdeen held its first YEP session online, on 27 January 2022, chaired by Hooman Takhtechian. There are 24 participants in the scheme selected from over 50 applicants meeting the YEP criteria. These come from a diverse range of disciplines, CP, CUI, FM, Materials, Process Engineering, Reliability / Maintenance, RBI, Subsea and Welding, thus bringing a wide cross-section of experience, cultural and networking opportunities for this year’s programme.

The chair congratulated all the successful candidates and encouraged them to also participate also in the branch technical meetings and ICorr events nationally, as far as possible. All YEP participants also have the opportunity to attend the branch ACF – Annual Corrosion Forum on Tuesday 30th August 2022, with this year’s theme being the “Role of materials selection, corrosion management and asset integrity/management in the Energy Transition and Net Zero Target industry sectors.

YEP Candidates and Course Organisers.
Steve Paterson, formerly Principal Technical Expert Upstream Materials for Shell Projects & Technology, got things off to an excellent start with a very comprehensive presentation covering corrosion control fundamentals and all aspects of corrosion management including, the impacts of corrosion, deterioration mechanisms, electrochemistry, materials, mitigation, modelling, passivity, kinetics and thermodynamics, along with several examples of corrosion failures. This generated many interesting questions and requests for further reading material.

The branch continued with its YEP on 8 March with an in-person meeting when Stephen Tate (ICorr Vice Chair) presented Integrity Management, and provided many experienced based examples of loss of integrity due to corrosion and erosion in, offshore fixed and floating facilities, oil and gas process systems, land-based structures and pipelines, stressing the need to ensure that all production facilities remain safe and legally compliant. A range of in-service failure specimens were made available to attendees, including removed flowline sections, choke valve sections and other piping specimens.

Subsea 7 have kindly loaned their Westhill training facilities for the YEP in-person events and the Aberdeen committee is extremely grateful to Brian Welsh – Subsea 7 Training Coordinator, for making this possible along with Amir Attarchi who managed all the catering on the night. David Mobbs has also been regularly supporting the Aberdeen YEP for us, which is very much appreciated.


YEP Session 1 presenter Steve Paterson -YEP Mentor and Case Study Leader.

YEP Session 3 – Integrity Management with Stephen Tate at Subsea
7 Training Centre.

Young Engineers Programme (YEP)

Young Engineers Programme (YEP)

Aberdeen branch has now launched the 2022YEP which will run for a full year from January.

The branch received 50 applications for this session, and after a thorough review by branch committee members, 20 applicants were selected for the programme and 3 were selected as reserves. Also 15 applications were found suitable for future YEP programmes and were advised to re-apply for YEP 2024. The first session was held on 27th January by Zoom due to the current uncertainties regarding the COVID restrictions in Scotland. At present the February talk is likely to be similarly organised online, although it is hoped to hold subsequent presentations in-person.

The full 2022 syllabus is given  below.




Session 3 – NDT / Corrosion Monitoring


Jim McNab (Oceaneering)

Session 4 – Coatings & Linings


Michael Young (ROSEN)

Session 5 – Case Studies


Steve Paterson

Session 5.1 – Presentation Skills


Olubayo Latwino

Session 6 – Corrosion Under
Insulation and Fire Protection


Clare Watt (KAEFER)

Session 7 – Cathodic Protection


ROSEN (speaker to be confirmed)

Extra session – Annual Corrosion Forum (Whole day)


Various Speakers

Session 8 – Production Chemistry


Ben Smith (BP) (TBC)  Olaf Niemeyer (Shell) (TBC)

Session 9 – Integrity Management / FFS


Stephen Tate / Pieter Viever (Oceaneering)


Session 10 – Presentation of Case Studies


Panel of Judges

As the 20 participants will be split into 5 groups, the branch has identified 5 mentors to support them during their case study preparations. The following 4 mentors have are already confirmed, and one more needs to be identified. 

Steve Plant, Managing Director, PIM

Bruce McKenzie, Technical Manager, Oceaneering

David Hillis, Material and Corrosion TA, TotalEnergies

Yunnan Gao, SME & Deputy Technical Manager, Stork

For the case study presentations, two judges have been confirmed, Chris Williams from BP and Susan Cushnaghan from Shell, and the branch are in the process of confirming the third judge.  The prize for the best case study presentation has been sponsored by BP, and it is hoped to have a further prize sponsored.

Young Engineers Programme (YEP) 2022

Young Engineers Programme (YEP) 2022

Following the great success of its 2018 and 2020 Young Engineer Programme in London, the Institute of Corrosion will now be running a YEP from January to November 2022, in Aberdeen.  The ICorr Young Engineer Programme (YEP) is second to none and delivers a technical competency framework that’s consistent with the Institute of Corrosion’s aims and professional standards, to help prepare graduates for entry into the Corrosion Science and Engineering industries, with a broad range of knowledge. As well as providing an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, the programme offers participants a solid foundation and a stepping-stone, as the first stage in achieving MICorr and CEng status.

This is a training programme aimed at young Engineers (graduates) from a range of disciplines who have a specific interest in Corrosion Management.

The programme consists of a series of mainly evening lectures spread out over a 12-month period with required attendance every month from January to November. In May 2022 the group will be split up into teams and appointed a mentor to assist them with a Case Study which will be a real corrosion problem that has required a solution. Each team will then present their case study to the Institute of Corrosion at the Aberdeen Branch meeting in November with invited guests from academia and industry. Each presentation will be judged, and the winning team will be awarded an expense paid trip to the AMPP 2023 Conference (formerly NACE) in USA.

Application for participating in this programme is now closed and the committee are in the process of selecting and enrolling around 20 participants.

Lecturers, mentors and organisations supporting the programme will all be professional volunteers however, we are still looking for sponsors to cover the following costs (fully or partially),

1. A second award for one engineer as selected by the judges due to their outstanding performance (one award is already sponsored by BP).

2. Sponsor for the venues / catering in Aberdeen for 9 lectures and competition event.

The YEP 2022 sponsors logo will appear on all the programme materials, including, posters, flyers, training material and application forms distributed to the companies in the ICorr mailing list.

Any interest in sponsorship, or queries, should in the first instance be addressed to: Hooman Takhtechian, Aberdeen Branch Chair,

Young Engineers Programme

The May meeting of the Young Engineers programme was held at the CB&I offices in London on the 16th May. The topic was coatings which was presented by David Mobbs and was warmly received by the enthusiastic audience. The presentation covered the high priority areas of coating including the requirement to qualify products to standards, the standards and what they mean, the testing methods required to achieve this qualification, and also looked at some case histories of coating applications good and bad.

Prior to the presentation the case study for the programme was presented to the delegates by Richard Carroll of Shell, who highlighted the importance of working together in the teams to deliver the required information as detailed in the document. In a change to previous years there will be only one case study for all the teams with each team giving a presentation in a competition to be delivered at the November ICorr London branch meeting.
This year the case study covers a number of areas in which the students are being trained including, materials, coatings, CP, failures, and the management of change. The mentors this year are John Boran, Rob Doggert and Chris Googan, and the teams will meet their mentors in the coming weeks to get started on the case study. A Linkedin page and drop box, have been set up for the teams to help them with this process.
The next meeting on Painting, Fire Protection and Linings will take place on the 29th June again being held at CB&I offices on London.

Again we would like to thank our hosts CB&I especially Sadegh Parvisi for organising the venue, our sponsors BP and our speakers, organising committee and delegates without whom we would not be able to stage this event.

Young Engineers’ Programme 2020 – 12th November

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