ICorr recruiting – Training Scheme Manager (Cathodic Protection)

ICorr recruiting – Training Scheme Manager (Cathodic Protection)

Job Title: Training Scheme Manager (Cathodic Protection)

Location: Northampton/remote working

Company Name: Institute of Corrosion

Job Type: Part-Time

Applications: via email to admin@icorr.org, attaching CV

Closing Date: 6 December 2019

Job Description:

General

  • To act on behalf of the Institute of Corrosion (ICorr) in all matters relating to Cathodic Protection Training and Competence Assessment (the CP Scheme).
  • To report to and take instruction from the Cathodic Protection Governing Board (CPGB) and the Professional Development, Training and Certification committee (PDTC) in all activities.
  • To keep the chairs of CPGB and PDTC advised of all significant activities and to extend this advice to the President of ICorr in respect of any issues that may have significant strategic importance or expose ICorr to risk.
  • To liaise with the Professional Assessment Committee (PAC) in respect of Certification of CP personnel (Certification being the responsibility of PAC).
  • To liaise with the Corrosion Prevention Association (CPA) in respect of their marketing, booking and organising ICorr ISO L2 and L3 Steel in Concrete CP courses, in accordance with the Qualification Procedure Document (QPD), using approved ICorr Tutors and ICorr Course Packages.
  • To contribute to CPGB updates of the QPD.
  • To train and mentor a deputy in all aspects of the role, with a view to succession planning.

 

Course and Examination Packages

  • Advising on revisions and updates of ICorr REQ-DOCs, ensuring that they are interpreted quickly and consistently on behalf of both Candidates and course providers to maintain the quality and consistency of course delivery.
  • Ensuring that the inputs from CPGB and PDTC members expert in CP and the ICorr CP Tutors are addressed and collated into the emerging suite of BS EN ISO 15257 and ICorr QPD compliant Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 CP Courses in the Buried, Marine and Steel in Concrete Sectors.
  • Working with the CPGB, the Tutors and the Course Auditors in the routine audits (procedural, technical and delivery quality) of the courses, in collating, assessing, addressing and implementing improvements to the course and examination packages in accordance with a schedule set by CPGB.
  • The principal objective is to ensure that the courses and examinations meet the full requirements of the ISO 15257 and QPD, including all of the key tasks at the appropriate Levels in all Sectors, to ensure that the courses and examinations are of equal Level and rigour across all Sectors and that they are fit for purpose for the Assessment of Competence at all levels and all Sectors.
  • The objective of the ICorr CP Scheme is that it is ‘world class’ and is, in reality and in public perception, ‘best in class’.

 

Liaison with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Argyll Ruane and any other ICorr Appointed Course and Examination Providers, collectively ‘The Providers’

  • To liaise with The Providers, directly with their nominated personnel as advised from time to time, on all matters relating to:
    • The timing and location of ICorr CP courses
    • The availability of course and examination packages approved by CPGB and PDTC in good time for effective delivery to Candidates (including pre-course training)
    • The provision of ICorr approved Tutors and Examiners for all Levels and all Sectors
  • To liaise with The Providers and ICorr Editor of Corrosion Management and the web master for ICorr to ensure optimum publicity for the ICorr CP courses (and other courses delivered by The Providers).
  • To liaise with the ICorr approved Tutors (who may be contracted by The Providers) to encourage their personal marketing of the courses to their contacts in the CP and related industries in order to optimise course attendance.
  • To be the focal point of communications relating to the CP Scheme between The Providers and ICorr but to ensure that, dependent upon importance and risk, the President and the Chairs and Vice Chairs of PDTC and CPGB are kept advised as appropriate.
  • To assist The Providers and ICorr Corrosion House in the transfer of the necessary information in respect of Dispensations that may be requested for entry into Level 3 Training and Assessment from Candidates not certificated to Level 2. Dispensation requests, with the relevant information for assessment, shall be sent to PDTC Chair or delegated nominee, for decision.
  • To monitor and review course feedback forms supplied by the Providers via ICorr Corrosion House, acting as a focus for complaints from Candidates and ensuring that these are handled promptly, with particular reference to examination marking.
  • To monitor monthly course delivery, examinations and failed Candidates and to report these data to PDTC meetings on a regular basis.

 

Liaison and Advice to Intending Candidates

  • Many Candidates for the ICorr CP Scheme have questions relating to which Sectors or Levels are appropriate for them and at what Level they should enter the Scheme. These questions are addressed by Candidates to both ICorr Corrosion House and to The Providers. The CP Scheme Manager shall act as the focal point for these and shall draft appropriate responses to be delivered by ICorr or The Providers.
  • To liaise with CPGB and both Corrosion House staff and The Providers’ staff to provide clear guidance that can be delivered accurately to Candidates in order to minimise the volume of enquiries being passed to the CP Scheme Manager.

 

Potential Extensions to the CP Scheme

  • To liaise with CPGB, PDTC, The Providers and the market to identify potential additional opportunities for the ICorr CP Scheme. These may include additional Level 1 courses (Steel in Concrete and Marine), CP Awareness courses for managers, CP Design courses (perhaps without Certification) at Level 4. None of these can be addressed at present, due to limited resource, but the opportunities shall be logged with CPGB and PDTC for their consideration for their possible progression from 2020.

 

Liaison with the Surface Treatment Scheme Manager

  • By direct liaison with the ICorr Surface Treatment Scheme Manager and through PDTC to work to ensure optimum alignment of the ICorr CP and Surface Treatment Schemes to the mutual benefit of the Schemes.

 

Requirements

  • Experience at senior level in the cathodic protection industry
  • ISO Level 4 certification in at least one CP sector
  • Availability on a part-time basis (nominally one day per week)
  • Ability to manage time effectively and prioritise tasks

 

Desirable

  • ISO Level 4 certification in multiple CP sectors
  • Knowledge of Institute of Corrosion training activities
  • Strong relationships with key industry stakeholders
  • Background in training and certification
Presidents Visit to ICorr Aberdeen

Presidents Visit to ICorr Aberdeen

The 3rd Technical Meeting of the 2019/2020 Aberdeen Branch Session, was held on 29 October. This was a double header event with Dr Gareth Hinds, the current ICorr President speaking about “Growing the Institute Membership, and the ICorr Awards”, and later on, Matt Streets of RAWWATER: presenting “An understanding of Reservoir Souring and Mitigation”.

Dr Gareth Hinds started his presentation by posing the question: How can the Institute of Corrosion adapt to thrive in a rapidly changing world?  He reminisced that he had first attended an Aberdeen Branch meeting 13 years ago and complimented the branch for being one of the strongest and most active of the regional branches. He went on to say that since then he has learned a lot about what its members can give to the Institute and what they can expect to get from it in return.

He described the history of the Institute and the benefits of Membership, and stated his belief that the more one puts in, the more one will get out of being a member.

Gareth reminded the audience of the history from when ICorr started as the British Association of Corrosion Engineers in 1959 and the many name changes and location changes that it went through up to present day, when the Institute recently purchased its own headquarters building in Northampton.

The President went on to explain the different types of ICorr Membership touching on the plans to change individual membership to “Affiliate” and other planned changes. He also touched on the challenge to get student members to stay, and by empowering younger members, for example to take part in the young engineers programme which has as a prize a free trip to the NACE conference in the USA, and free ICorr and NACE memberships. 

Gareth continued by highlighting key Membership benefits which he stated were networking, career development, visibility and financial rewards. He also gave the audience an update on the situation with the Engineering Council caused by the sudden failure of the Society of Environmental Engineers (SEE) in that the Institute hopes to combine with the Society of Operational Engineers (SOE) to continue to award Chartership (CEng) status through the Engineering Council.

It is expected that a new agreement will proceed next year with SOE and ICorr head office will be in touch with all ICorr chartered engineers affected to confirm this.

He described the brand refresh which will be taking place at the start of next year 2020 when the ICorr website and all paperwork etc. will be revised to make the image of the Institute more modern.  Pictures of rust and corrosion will largely be replaced by pictures of gleaming new infrastructure (of natural metallic colours / alloys) and similar modern metallic hardware. Gareth told how the Institute had undergone digital modernisation and members can now pay their subscription online on the website.

The visiting President said that the Institute of Corrosion was once again looking to influence governing bodies as they had in the 70s, when they had been very influential in getting CAPCIS in Manchester and the National Physical laboratory setup.

Gareth’s most comprehensive presentation was both enlightening and uplifting, showing his clear vision for the future of the Institute of Corrosion under his leadership.

In the second (technical) presentation of the evening Matt Streets of RAWWATER discussed to the large audience how, as all oilfield reservoirs have different souring propensities, operators must view all injector/producer (I/P) pairs as unique in regard to H2S gas production, as well as control and mitigation strategies.

The following and very detailed RAWWATER presentation by Matt Streets described how a predictive oilfield souring model can be used to help forecast if, when, and to what extent, an oilfield will sour.  

He explained how the model describes the cooling of an oilfield due to water-flooding and the subsequent growth of sulphate-reducing microorganisms, resulting in sulphide production at the topsides facilities.

Outputs from the model can be used to inform and influence key operational decisions and have provided huge cost savings for operators through cost-effective material selection and chemical dosing.

Matt’s presentation included a detailed review of the science that was used to produce the model and how the output from it can be used by Oil and Gas operators to plan to minimising costly problems caused by reservoir souring and thereby maximise their operating profits

At the end of his presentation Matt answered questions from the Audience on topics such as where the model input data came from, how critical seawater breakthrough was to the modelling, how many core samples were required to confirm that they had not been contaminated, the viability of injecting alternative food stock to the reservoir and about re-educating Oil and Gas operational personnel after several recent ownership changes. 

At the close of the meeting, the Aberdeen branch chairman, presented both of the speakers with a Certificate of Appreciation from ICorr Aberdeen Branch.

UK ICorr President Dr Gareth Hinds and Matt Streets (of RAWWATER) receive their Certificates of Appreciation

Activities continued afterwards at the Norwood Hall Hotel nearby, with further fruitful discussions on Aberdeen Branch Development, improved HQ integration and many other issues.

The Branch is very grateful to Gareth for making the long journey north and for his great enthusiasm and interest in our Branch Activities.

Full details of all future branch events can be found on the diary page of Corrosion Management Magazine and on the ICorr Website, or on this link:

Copies of the majority of past branch presentations 

Branch photo gallery for these events 

 

Discussions with the New President continued late into the Night at Norwood Hall nearby. Seated Left to Right are: (New Committee Member), Dr Olubayo Latinwo, Hooman Takhtechian, (Internal Secretary), (Event Co-ordinator), Stephen Tate, (2019-2020 Session Chair), UK ICorr President Dr Gareth Hinds, Alistair Seton, (Past Chair / New External Secretary), Zahra Lotfi, (University Liaison and CPD Officer), Mei Ling Cheah, (New Committee Member), Dr. Yunnan Gao, (Immediate Past Chair / New Website Officer).

New Sustaining Member – HRS Ltd

New Sustaining Member – HRS Ltd

HRS offer high quality, innovative and cost-effective solutions to the railway industry. Their aim is to provide a bespoke professional service that incorporates delivering a project on time, safely and within budget, and they have a proven track record of a wide range of services within the industry.

HRS specialise in infrastructure maintenance, from design through to build, offering CAD designs and site surveying as a package, with fabrication completed to EXC2-3. Hard work and determination in this field brings their customers back time after time, and the goal is to create and form long term relationships with them, based on mutual trust and cooperation, and looking to meet, or exceed expectations, not under-promising, but over-delivering.

They have recently completed various projects refurbishing, renovating and strengthening bridges to a very high standard across the south east.

They are a RISQS accredited contractor and their aim is to grow by reputation, assisting and advising customers regarding compliance, whist maintaining the safety of those under their care.
The Company is committed to developing a forward-thinking approach with continual personal development of staff at the heart their strategy.

New Sustaining Member – ERIMUS Insulation

New Sustaining Member – ERIMUS Insulation

ERIMUS insulation was formed as an Insulation Engineering Consultancy and an Insulation contractor.

The energy and process industries can have an enormous environmental impact on our planet. One way to combat this is by the simple design and installation of robust insulation systems. This will save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and ERIMUS are set up to do just that.

ERIMUS also offer; high quality professional independent technical services/advice through any, or all, aspects of; thermal (hot, dual purpose, cryogenic) and acoustic insulation, protective coatings/linings, along with passive fireproofing requirements for any project or, maintenance programme. Such services can include material selection and determining the quantities needed to suit the local environment of the project/works.

Local Branch News – Midland Branch

The preparations are well advanced for the AGM on the 31st Oct 2019 at Birmingham, which promises to be an interesting event. Prior to this, the branch meeting has presentations from four world leading corrosion professionals, including Dr Markus Büchler who is presenting on CP criteria. Other presentations include:

Trevor Osborne, ICorr: 50 years of Offshore Corrosion Control Experience

Brian Wyat, ICorr: Cathodic Protection of Offshore Renewable Energy Infrastructure

Chris Wozencroft, Corrosion Engineering UK: Differences between CP for Pipeline, Marine and Civil Structures

Full details of the presentations and the AGM are on the ICorr website