BrettEdCEFJun2018We’re proud to announce that Brett Ellerbrock, Technical Sales, has recently received his Certified Electroplater-Finisher (CEF) certification. He joins 1,700 other surface technology professionals who have, to date, received this esteemed designation from the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF).

“The knowledge I obtained through this program is applicable every day in our industry,” Brett says. “It gives me a better understanding of the potential and limitations of each coating process we provide at General Magnaplate.”

“This certification is the only one recognized worldwide in the plating industry,” adds Ed Aversenti, President & COO. “It shows a commitment to education and accountability within our industry.”

The CEF Process

The goal of the CEF program is to expand engineers’ knowledge of electroplating and other surface finishing processes. The five-day course, which ran in Cleveland, Ohio, from June 4th to 8th, included 40 hours of seminars on a range of topics, including chemistry, electricity, electrochemistry, metallic corrosion, part fabrication, preparation and testing, as well as various plating processes for metals. At the conclusion of the course, Brett successfully passed its rigorous 2.5-hour exam.

“I now have a much better understanding of the metal finishing industry as a whole,” Brett says. “My hope is that I’ll be able to look at our own systems with a more critical eye—ensuring we continue to make the quality products our company was founded on.”

Brett first came to General Magnaplate as a management trainee in 2012. His recent CEF certification complements his other degrees in materials engineering: Brett holds a BS in Ceramic and Materials Engineering from Rutgers University (2006), as well as an MA in Materials Science and Engineering from Clemson (2010).

“General Magnaplate has invested in Brett because we consider him part of our management team—both now and in the future,” Ed says. “He is one who excels and has a thirst for knowledge.”