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SIOUX FALLS – Curt Sonen, Team Lead for Blast and Paint at Maguire, has achieved his Level 1 Basic Coatings Inspector Certification from The Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP, formerly NACE and SSPC).
The newly revised, AMPP Coatings Inspector Program is the result of over 30 years of coating inspection certification excellence from NACE and SSPC. Organizations worldwide recognize and specify its predecessors — NACE Coatings Inspector Certification Program (CIP) and SSPC Protective Coatings Inspector® (PCI) programs. The curriculum is still extensive under AMPP and continues to provide a solid coatings foundation that strengthens the industry’s inspectors and their practices by combining classroom study, discussion, and hands-on practice.
“Curt is a great performer in the paint booth for Maguire Construction”, said Brandon Redenius, Fabrication Shop Manager at Maguire. “Curt has good knowledge of coating systems and this certification really rounds out his coatings system background. Curt started as a sandblaster and back up painter and since then he has come to master the paint and blast processes”, said Brandon. “He is well respected by his fellow coworkers and is the go-to person in the shop for coating questions. This certification is another tool that Curt added to his belt!”
The level 1 course covers the technical and practical fundamentals of coating inspection work. Students will be prepared to perform basic coating inspections using non-destructive techniques and instrumentation.
Classroom instruction is comprised of lectures, group exercises, case studies, and hands-on practical labs. Students will also participate in real-life inspection projects that are designed to apply course concepts to the job site by focusing on inspection procedures and proper instrument use, situation problem solving, inaccurate specifications, and strengthening the relationship between the inspector and other team members.
The objectives of the course are:
- Recognize how corrosion forms and the role protective coatings play in preventing corrosion
- Describe the role of the inspector as it applies to responsibilities, authority, safety, ethics, communication, and decision-making
- Differentiate surface preparation equipment, methods, and standards for solvent cleaning, hand/power tool cleaning, wet/dry abrasive blasting, and water jetting
- Identify quality control issues, recognizing design and fabrication defects and coating failure modes
- Compare and contrast different generic coating types, modes of protection, and curing mechanisms
- Differentiate coating application by type, including brush, roller, airless, conventional, and plural component spray
- Utilize job specifications, safety/product datasheets, and a variety of inspection report documentation including NCRs, daily reports, and inspection test plans
- Perform non-destructive inspection procedures for environmental conditions, visible/nonvisible contaminants, surface profile, film thickness, and holiday detection under the supervision of a qualified inspector
- Comply with the AMPP Coating Inspector Code of Conduct
For more information on The Association for Materials Protection and Performance, visit https://www.ampp.org/