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Corrosion is a multidisciplinary issue affecting almost all industrial sectors around the world. Losses due to corrosion are enormous and the economic impacts are significant, highlighting the dire need for a proactive approach to corrosion prevention and control. However, the lack of knowledge and experience in corrosion and corrosion protection among local technical managers, designers, engineers, and technicians remains one of the main obstacles to effective action in the industry.


Participants will be awarded a WSQ Statement of Attainment electronic certificate (e-Cert) for passing any individual module of their choice. Visit here for more information about the e-Cert.


Module 1 | Implement Fundamentals of Corrosion and Corrosion Prevention


SkillsFuture Course ID:
CRS-Q-0021940-PE
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This module covers the fundamentals of corrosion-related issues in the industry and is designed to equip participants with the basic fundamentals of corrosion and its evaluation. It mainly covers the following three key topics:

Corrosion Fundamentals and Consequences
This includes the dangers associated with corrosion, different types of corrosion and their mechanisms, and the basics of the corrosion process.

Overview of Corrosion Control and Rectification

This session starts with an introduction to corrosion control methods, followed with details of surface preparation according to standards, coating application, quality control/inspection, and corrosion rectifications. Case studies on corrosion problems arising from coating failures will also be shared during classroom lectures.

Corrosion Characterisation and Testing

This section covers corrosion testing and characterisation techniques and procedures in industrial practices. Participants will get the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences via laboratory sessions and field tests commonly used for corrosion testing/investigations. Relevant international standards for field and laboratory accelerated tests will also be studied.

The comprehensive structure of this module incorporates classroom lectures, hands-on experimental work, and suitable case studies to represent a wider cross-section of the rudiments and evaluation of corrosion.
    


The module will be beneficial to technical managers, designers, engineers, and technicians dealing with corrosion-related issues at their respective fields of employment. Given the interdisciplinary nature of this subject, the personnel could be from any of Singapore’s industrial sectors including, but not limited to, oil and gas, marine, chemicals, food and beverages, manufacturing, infrastructure (power, water, roads, and transport), and construction, etc.
 

The module will equip participants with the basic knowledge and skills critical for the evaluation of real-time corrosion-related issues and for specifying pertinent remedies/preventive approaches to combat the problems. This will help them to not only upgrade their professional skills, but also enhance their career growth opportunities.

For companies, the benefits of having a more knowledgeable workforce are three-fold: For companies, the benefits of having a more knowledgeable workforce are three-fold: It would help reduce potential operational failures/damages, improve overall efficiency, and increase operational savings.


Mr Andy Foo Kia Teng has more than 18 years experience in the coatings industry handling coatings inspection and supervision, production, and sales management. He joined Elcometer Instruments in 1989 and has since been involved in sales, product training, paint testing, and coating inspection in the field as well as in laboratories. He has been a member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) for more than 25 years and is a trustee with the Singapore Founding Chapter of NACE and the Corrosion Association of Singapore. Andy is a NACE-Certified Coating Inspector Level 3.


Dr Sudesh Wijesinghe is a scientist in SIMTech’s Surface Technology Group, specialising in the areas of corrosion and electrochemistry. Sudesh received his PhD from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2005 and went on to work in the department as a Research Fellow until 2008. Following this, he joined SIMTech with an interest in developing capabilities in corrosion testing and research. Sudesh is the Team Leader of Corrosion Characterisation and Protection Team in SIMTech. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NUS.

View Dr Sudesh's researcher portfolio here.

 


Module 2 | Apply Advanced Coating Technologies for Corrosion Prevention


CRS-Q-0022862-MF     
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This course module aims to provide students with knowledge of advanced coating technologies for corrosion prevention. The module covers electrochemical, sol-gel, vapour, thermal and plasma based coating processes together with their applications in corrosion prevention. This will enhance the participants’ knowledge and skills on advanced coatings technologies for corrosion prevention which is essential for different industrial sectors and users. The module is structured to enhance both the knowledge and skills of participants with lectures, case studies, hands-on-sessions and experimental work on advanced coating technologies conducted in the well equipped process and testing laboratories at SIMTech. Case studies of real corrosion problems in different industrial applications will also be used to enhance students understanding on the advantages of advanced coating technologies for corrosion prevention. 

  • Mangers, engineers, technicians working on coating development and distribution/marketing as well as equipment/facility maintenance
  • Managers, engineers and technicians of Singapore authorities who are tackling corrosion and prevention related work
  • Production/process directors and managers in decision-making roles for maintenance and upgrading of infrastructure and equipment

At the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Select and justify a suitable cathodic protection process for specific industrial applications
  • Describe different anodising processes and their applications for corrosion resistance
  • Use coatings in corrosion prevention, including the application of nanomaterials in coatings
  • Select cleaning methods prior to coating application
  • Identify coating deposition and curing methods
  • Understand basic operations in various coating depositions.
  • Perform coating test and characterisation with standard methods

All the coatings and processes taught in the module will be mainly based on technologies developed in SIMTech, with hands-on experiments in the labs. The module will cover three broad areas:

Electrolytic and Chemical Coating Processes for Corrosion Prevention
It will cover chrome-free conversion coatings, advances in acceptable industry practices on cathodic protection, passivation and anodising, electro and electroless plating processes.

Sol Gel Process-based Coatings
This will cover a number of organic/inorganic hybrid nano-composite coatings applicable to corrosion prevention and its relevant processes.

Vapour/Thermal and Plasma Process-based Coatings
It will cover coatings and processes by PVD, CVD, thermal spray, and plasma treatment.

  Dr Huang Zhaohong received his PhD from the National University of Singapore. At SIMTech, he has been engaged in surface engineering, rapid prototyping and tooling, thin film electronic devices by Physical Vapour Deposition, and micro-fabrication by photolithography as well as electrochemical processes. His current research areas cover electrochemical processes and their industrial applications for green energy, high-precision engineering, as well as solid/liquid waste treatment.

View Dr Huang Zhaohong's researcher portfolio here.

Dr Sandor Nemeth earned his PhD at Syracuse University, USA. He worked in Texaco R&D Department, Ethyl Petroleum Additives Inc., and Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, USA before his move to Singapore. Dr Nemeth spent over three years at the Singapore Productivity and Standards Board working on polymer and coating related assignments and joined SIMTech in 2001, focusing on the development of functional coatings, especially sol-gel coatings.

View Dr Sandor Nemeth's researcher portfolio here.

Mr Aw Poh Koon is a Senior Research Engineer at Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology. He received his MEng and BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the Nanyang Technological University and the University of Leicester respectively. His research interest is focused on process development and characterisation of thermoplastic, metal and ceramic coatings by Spray and Vapour Deposition Technologies. As one of the pioneers who developed the novel technique of processing and application of polymeric material by thermal spray process that was successfully implemented in the industries, he continues as a project leader recently on further development work. He is also currently working on Physical Vapour Deposition thin film development for application in precision engineering components and sport equipment.

View Mr Au Poh Koon’s researcher portfolio here.


Module 3 | Apply Electrochemical Processes and Coatings for Wear and Corrosion Protection


CRS-Q-0026686-PE 
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This module aims to provide students with knowledge of advanced electrochemical process and coating technologies with special emphasis on corrosion and wear protection. The module covers the commonly-used electrochemical processes including electroplating, electroless plating, anodising, and other passivation processes for metals. At the same time, it covers the coatings that can be produced with such technologies for corrosion and wear protection applications.

The module is structured to enhance both the knowledge and skills of participants in electrochemical processes and coatings through lectures and lab sessions conducted at SIMTech’s well-equipped process and testing laboratories. Case studies of coatings and coating processes in different industrial applications will also be used to enhance students’ understanding of the fundamentals and potential failure mechanisms of relevant coatings.
 


  • Managers, engineers, technicians working on electrochemical process/coating development and distribution/marketing as well as equipment/facility maintenance
  • Managers, engineers, and technicians of various organisations who undertake corrosion and wear prevention related work
  • Production/process directors and managers in decision-making roles for maintenance and upgrading of infrastructure and equipment related to electrochemical processes


At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe different electrochemical processes and their applications
  • Select appropriate electrochemical processes for coating application
  • Know basic requirements for implementing relevant electrochemical processes
  • Understand basic operations in various electrochemical coating depositions
  • Perform coating tests and characterisations with standard methods
      


Many of the coatings and processes taught in the module are based on technologies developed at SIMTech. The module will cover three broad areas:

Electroplating Processes and Coatings
It will cover plating processes for common metals, brush plating, and precision electroforming. Special processes will be highlighted for alloy plating and metal matrix-based composite coatings.

Electroless Plating Processes and Coatings
The emphases will be on electroless nickel plating, immersion plating of precious metals, and electroless nickel-based composite coatings.

Passivation Processes for Metals
It will cover chemical conversion coating processes, aluminum anodising, and plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) processes for magnesium.


Dr Huang Zhaohong received his PhD from the National University of Singapore. At SIMTech, he has been engaged in surface engineering, rapid prototyping and tooling, thin film electronic devices by Physical Vapour Deposition, and micro-fabrication by photolithography as well as electrochemical processes. His current research areas cover electrochemical processes and their industrial applications for green energy, high-precision engineering, as well as solid/liquid waste treatment.

View Dr Huang Zhaohong's researcher portfolio here.
   

Dr Qi Guojun received his DEng from Tohoku University, Japan. Currently a Senior Scientist with the Surface Technology (STG) at SIMTech, his research interests include surface finishing by wet chemical processing (such as electroplating, electroless plating, electropolishing, chemical polishing, and anodising), surface microstructuring, electronics and MEMS packaging, electrochemical sensing, and resource recovery and recycling.

View Dr Qi Guojun's researcher portfolio here.
 


Dr Dong Xuecheng received his PhD from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio USA. A Scientist with the Surface Technology Group at SIMTech, his research interests include surface finishing by wet chemical processing (such as anodising, electroplating, conversion coating), surface microstructuring, electrochemical characterisation, and thin-film characterisation.

      

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  • Applicants should possess a degree in any discipline or a diploma with a minimum of 3 years of related working experience.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.

The fee for each individual module is S$3,000 before course fee funding and GST.

PE WSQ Course on
Corrosion Protection

Fee Per Module (Inclusive of 7% GST)

Singaporeans

Singapore Permanent Residents

Foreigners

Full Course Fee

NA

NA

S$3210.00

[a] Nett Course Fee
(after 70% course fee funding)

S$963.00

S$963.00

NA

[b] Nett Course Fee for SMEs
(after 70% course fee funding)

SMEs are entitled to claim S$600 per trainee (under the Enhanced Training Support for SMEs scheme) through SkillsConnect, subject to eligibility criteria

S$963.00



(S$600.00)


S$963.00



(S$600.00)


NA

[c] Nett Course Fee under SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (>=40 years old)(90% course fee funding)

S$363.00

NA

NA

[d] Nett Course Fee under Workforce Training Support (WTS) scheme
(95% course fee funding)

S$213.00

NA

NA

NA = Not applicable
Please note that fees and funding amount are subject to change.

[a]

All Singaporeans and Permanent Residents aged 21 years and above can enjoy course fee funding of up to 70% of the course fee.

[b]

Singaporean or Permanent Resident employees fully sponsored by SMEs can enjoy course fee funding support of up to 90% of the course fee under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) scheme, subject to eligibility criteria.

Application for the enhanced funding will be administered through SkillsConnect. SMEs can submit applications and claims through the online SkillsConnect platform and enhanced funding will be awarded to those who meet the eligibility criteria.

[c]

Singaporeans aged 40 years and above can enjoy course fee funding of up to 90% of the course fee under the SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (SFMCES).

[d]

Singaporeans aged 35 years and above with earnings not more than S$2,000 per month can enjoy course fee funding for 95% of the course fee under the Workfare Training Support (WTS) scheme.

[e]

Singaporeans aged 25 years old and above are eligible for SkillsFuture Credit which can be used to offset course fees.

*Note: The course participants must also meet the following criteria to qualify for the course fee funding:

·       Achieve at least 75% course attendance; and

·       Take all assessments

    Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology

    2 Fusionopolis Way, Innovis Level 8
    Singapore 138634

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    For technical enquiries, please contact:

    Module 1 | Implement Fundamentals of Corrosion and Corrosion Prevention
    Dr Sudesh Wijesinghe,
    Email: sudeshw@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg


    Module 2 | Apply Advanced Coating Technologies for Corrosion Protection
    Dr Huang Zhaohong,
    Email: zhhuang@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg


    Module 3 | Apply Electrochemical Processes and Coatings for Corrosion Protection
    Dr Qi Guojun,
    Email: gjqi@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg


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