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NDT Training Opportunities

Why Pursue NDT Training

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) is recognized as a critical component for the safe operation of nearly every major industry worldwide. Certified NDT Technicians perform inspections all over the world, working in exciting industries like aerospace, extreme construction, offshore drilling, manufacturing, even motorsports and theme parks.

The NDT industry has been growing steadily for over a century. In 2014, the unemployment rate for NDT professionals was only 3.5%. As American infrastructure ages and as new quality standards and expectations are introduced, the need for NDT evaluation and inspection techniques continues to increase.

Opportunities range from being an NDT technician, to an engineer, to management to running your own NDT services business. 

If the idea of working in a hands–on, high–tech career experiencing global growth appeals to you and if you’re looking for a career where your efforts can make a real difference in people's lives, consider NDT.

The NDT Training Process

NDT certification is critical as NDT personnel make judgments that can have significant safety and/or financial consequences. NDT professionals and their clients must have confidence in the results of their work. Personnel are typically certified to different levels of competence within each of the NDT methods they work with.

  • Level I technicians are only qualified to perform specific calibrations and tests. Acceptance or rejection determinations allow little or no deviation from the procedure. Level I technicians are supervised and directed by higher level personnel. Note that the Level I position is not the trainee level, but the first level a trainee is granted once they demonstrate their ability through specific tests.
  • Level II technicians can set up and calibrate equipment, conduct inspections according to established procedures, and interpret, evaluate and document results in all of the testing methods they hold a certificate in. The Level II technician can provide on the job training for Level I personnel and act as a supervisor. The Level II technician can also organize and document inspection results. They are required to be familiar with all applicable codes, standards, and other documents controlling the NDT method being used.
  • Level III technicians can establish techniques and procedures; interpret codes, standards, and specifications; and decide on the specific non-destructive testing methods, techniques, and procedures to be used. They must also be knowledgeable about materials, fabrication, and product technology. Level III technicians are responsible for training and examining Level I and Level II's. Level III technicians are usually in supervisory or management positions, or are owners of a testing laboratory or NDT consulting firm.

NDT Training Near You

NDT training and certification programs are available from a variety of different types of educational institutions:

      • vocational and technical schools generally offer a course of study leading to a diploma or an associate’s degree
      • junior colleges generally offer a course of study leading to an associate’s or bachelor’s degree
      • senior colleges generally offer courses of study leading to a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree
      • industrial/corporate institutions offer professional training, which may or may not include some form of certification or diploma

Explore the NDT training programs available from these institutions near you:

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