Cathodic Protection Technician
Cathodic protection technicians install, maintain and repair cathodic protection systems.
Cathodic protection technicians install, maintain and repair cathodic protection systems.
Cathodic Protection Specialist / Surveyor / Tester / Field Technician, Corrosion Technician
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Interest in precision working to conduct life tests (burn-ins) on assemblies, to install, operate and maintain electrical and electronic equipment and systems, and to calibrate equipment and instruments according to technical manuals and written instructions
Interest in compiling and collecting operational and experimental data; and in assisting in building and testing prototypes to specifications
Interest in assisting to carry out a limited range of technical functions in support of research in electrical and electronic engineering and physics
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Cathodic protection is a technique used to control corrosion of metal surfaces in structures that are in contact with soil or water, including buildings, pipelines and bridges. Cathodic protection technicians work on a variety of projects, installing, commissioning, monitoring, evaluating, maintaining, repairing and decommissioning cathodic protection systems.
There are two types of cathodic protection systems - galvanic and impressed current. Structures protected by cathodic protection systems include steel water lines, oil and gas pipelines, well casings, underground storage tanks and metal reinforcement bars in concrete buildings and bridges.
In Alberta, cathodic protection technicians can be certified as a cathodic protection technician - level one or a cathodic protection technician - level two.
Level one cathodic protection technicians:
In addition to these duties, level two cathodic protection technicians:
Cathodic protection technicians usually work a standard 40-hour week, but overtime may be required to meet project deadlines. Some also work on-call shifts and provide 24/7 emergency support. Cathodic protection technicians work in all weather conditions and must wear appropriate safety equipment, such as gloves, goggles or masks. Since many cathodic protection systems are located in remote locations, they may have to travel and spend significant time in the field.
Cathodic protection technicians may be required to lift or move objects or equipment that weigh over 20 kilograms.
Cathodic protection technicians need the following characteristics:
Most employers prefer that cathodic protection technicians have completed high school. Some employers may require completion of a relevant college or technical school program. Employers may also require a valid class 5 drivers license. Other assets would include completion of safety courses, such as First Aid or WHMIS.
Employers generally prefer applicants who have achieved a cathodic protection technician - level one or two occupational certificate, or are willing to obtain the industry skill competencies through training.
Cathodic protection is a designated occupation in Alberta. This means that certification is not required by legislation, but trainees can apply to Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training for a level one or two Alberta Occupational Certificate.
All applicants for level one occupational certificate must:
In addition to the requirements above, level one applicants who qualify based on a recognized credential must:
To qualify for level one certification based on work experience, applicants do not need to complete NACE training, but must have 1,500 hours of work experience over 18 months.
Applicants for level two occupational certificate must:
Certification based on work experience is not available for level two.
For current information about courses and enrolment requirements, check the trianing provider's calendar, visit their website or contact them directly.
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Cathodic protection technicians install, maintain, and repair cathodic protection systems. There are two types of cathodic protection systems - galvanic and impressed current. Structures protected by cathodic protection systems include steel water lines, oil and gas pipelines, well casings, underground storage tanks and metal reinforcement bars in concrete buildings and bridges. For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta's Tradesecrets website.
In Alberta, government-legislated certification is available for Cathodic Protection Technicians.
Any of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices located throughout Alberta. For a list of office locations and telephone numbers, click on "Contact Us" on the home page of the Tradesecrets website (tradesecrets.alberta.ca).
Electricians install, alter, repair and maintain electrical systems designed to provide heat, light, power, control, signal or fire alarms for all types of buildings, structures and premises. For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta’s Tradesecrets website.
Under Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act [pdf] and Electrician Trade Regulation [pdf], you must have a certificate that is recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training or be a registered apprentice to install, alter, repair or maintain electrical systems in Alberta.
The term of apprenticeship for apprentice electricians in Alberta is 4 years (four 12 month periods) that include 1,560 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training in each of the first three years, and 1,440 hours of on-the-job training and 12 weeks of technical training in the fourth year.
Apprentices must find suitable employers who are willing to hire and train apprentices, and successfully complete technical training examinations.
Electricians from other provinces and territories can work in Alberta if they hold a certificate or license recognized by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board. For more information, see the Recognized Trade Certificates page of the Tradesecrets website.
Any of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices located throughout Alberta. For a list of office locations and telephone numbers, click on “Contact Us” on the home page of the Tradesecrets website (tradesecrets.alberta.ca).
Cathodic protection technicians may be employed by:
Through on-the-job experience and additional training, they may become cathodic protection technologists, designers, specialists or managers. Some experienced technicians may operate their own cathodic protection business.
Certified Alberta cathodic protection technicians who have the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.
Cathodic protection technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2241: Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians. In Alberta, 75% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
Over 5,900 Albertans are employed in the Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.3% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 77 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As cathodic protection technicians form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for cathodic protection technicians.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.
Although salaries vary, cathodic protection technicians certified at level one can earn from $40,000 to $70,000 a year, while those certified at level two can earn from $70,000 to $100,000 a year (2014 estimates).
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High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.
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Updated Mar 17, 2015. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.