This is a course of study that will cover the basic concepts of the five major non-destructive testing (NDT) methods: visual testing (VT), liquid penetrant testing (PT), magnetic particle testing (MT), ultra sonic testing (UT), and radiographic testing (RT). The classroom hours, grading criteria and test composition associated with this course work will be established in accordance with The American Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT): Recommended Practice SNT-TC-1A. The courses are derivative of the existing nuclear engineering technology associate degree program and have direct relevance to our existing welding technology associate degree program.
Non-desctructive testing involves the inspection, testing or evaluation of materials, components and assemblies for materials' discontinuities, properties and machine problems without further impairing or destroying the parts serviceability. Universally, the term NDT applies equally to the NDT inspection methods used for evaluation.
Special Knowledge and Training Required for Evolving Industry
It is recognized that the effectiveness of non-destructive testing application depends upon the capabilities of the personnel who are responsible for and perform NDT. SNT-TC-1A has bee prepared by ASNT to establish guidelines for the qualification and certification of NDT personnel whose specific jobs require appropriate knowledge of the technical principles underlying the non-destructive tests they perform, witness, monitor or evaluate. Through course progression, the student gain a general knowledge of how to apply NDT testing methods and develop a deeper understanding of how non-destructive testing impacts the world in which we live.
Significant Job Growth Projected
There is a need for highly trained and certified non-desctructive testing technicians worldwide. More opportunity exists for NDT professionals today than ever before. The American Society for Nondestructive Testing is the world's largest technical society for non-destructive testing professionals.
Graduates of this program will be prepared for entry-level employment in the following areas:
- NDT Technician
- Quality Control Technician
- Non Destructive Testing Evaluator
- Nuclear Engineering Technician
- Welding Inspector