SSPC/DoD Release Two New Aerospace Coating Applicator Training Courses – SSPC
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February 22, 2019

In partnership with the Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is pleased to announce the release to two new coating applicator training programs for aerospace engineers and aircraft maintenance technicians who plan, design, and maintain military aircraft.

The first course, “Aerospace Engineer Coating Application Training” is designed to familiarize engineers with corrosion mitigation, coating application and coating inspection practices in order to support corrosion prevention and control during the lifecycle of Department of Defense systems. This course will primarily benefit engineers involved in the planning and design of corrosion prevention for military aircraft.

The second course, “Aerospace Maintainer Coating Application Training” is constructed to familiarize aerospace maintainers with corrosion mitigation and coating application practices necessary to reinforce corrosion prevention and control during the sustainment lifecycle of DoD systems. The “maintainer” course differs from the “engineer” course in that it is targeted toward service members who perform maintenance and repair work on military aircraft. This course also fulfills the training requirement for the “SSPC Aerospace Coating Application Specialist Program (ACAS)”.

“These two courses provide the military departments with programs that meet the highly specialized needs of the civilian engineers who design and engineer corrosion control products and processes that are vital to DoD aircraft operated by the Departments of Army, Navy, and Air Force,” said Walter Juzukonis, the U.S. Air Force Deputy Corrosion Prevention and Control Executive. “These state-of-the-art training courses enable a formal and more effective transfer of knowledge during one-on-one interactions with corrosion subject matter experts.”

This training is available to U.S. Army, U.S. Marine, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard personnel as part of the DoD Corrosion Office’s mission to educate the corrosion prevention and control workforce.

For more information about funding or to register for either course, please contact Jennifer Merck at or 412-281-2331, x2221.

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The DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, under the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness, develops and recommends policy guidance on corrosion prevention and control (CPC) for the DoD. The Corrosion Office also coordinates CPC activities among the armed services and provides guidance, training, and other mission-critical activities aimed at improving corrosion maintenance on military weapon systems and infrastructure. Combating corrosion effectively yields several major benefits to national defense. The DoD estimates that the corrosion of military weapon systems and facilities costs the Army, Navy, and Air Force more than $20.0 billion per year. Visit