ROLLA, MO - Missouri S&T (formerly UMR), Rolla, MO, is offering three short courses in the spring and summer of 2013.

"Introduction to Paint Formulation," offered May 6-10, 2013, provides a fundamental knowledge of how to approach a starting formulation and troubleshoot it. The course involves both lecture and laboratory work.

"Basic Composition of Coatings," offered March 25-29, 2013, is intended for new personnel in the coatings profession. It targets the components of coatings (resin, pigments, extenders, solvents and additives), testing and specifications, general formulation, and manufacturing methods. It is primarily a lecture course with several laboratory demonstrations.

"Introduction to Coatings Composition and Specifications," offered July 17-19, 2013, is designed for the new coatings person in areas such as sales, marketing or production. It is not as heavily technical as is the other two courses, giving participants the fundamentals needed to work in this industry and to communicate more clearly.

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