During 2012-2013, the Institute of Corrosion embarked on a new initiative to address a perceived shortage of young entrant engineers showing an interest in materials and corrosion. The initiative was developed by a group of senior ICorr members, who formulated a programme covering corrosion control and related subjects such as coatings, materials selection, cathodic protection, painting and coating, inhibition and NDT, and recruited expert speakers to deliver it. As part of the programme, the young engineers were split into teams of 4 and given case studies to consider, and then present their conclusions at a London Branch evening meeting held at the Royal Overseas League. The event was a great success, with over 140 members and other interested parties attending the meeting.
Given the success of this first programme, the same group of ICorr members agreed to repeat the event bi-annually. The second training programme was therefore run during 2015 with the support of BP, who also agreed to sponsor a prize for the best team case study presentation, consisting of a visit to the NACE national conference in Vancouver at the beginning of 2016, with conference registrations being generously provided by NACE HQ. The prize was won by the team consisting of Christian Bridge, Na Mi, Harriet Wade and James Warren, with a presentation on their findings and solution to a glycol boiler failure. The group were accompanied on the Vancouver visit trip by Sarah Vasey Vice President of ICorr and Trevor Osborne the Immediate Past President, the other key member of the organising team David Mobbs could not attend due to pressures of business. Their report on the NACE conference is on pages 14-15 of the magazine.
The next Young Engineers programme is planned for 2017, and further details will be published in the magazine and on the website.