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 coursework are established in accordance with the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT): Recommended Practice SNT-TC-1A. The certificate offerings are broken into a basic and advanced certificate, enabling students to pursue their desired level of expertise in the non-destructive testing field. The current offerings are directly relevant to both welding and nuclear technology associate of applied science degree majors.
Non-destructive 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. The courses are in accordance with SNT-TC-1A that has been 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 gains a general knowledge of how to apply NDT testing methods and develops 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- destructive testing technicians worldwide. More opportunity exists for NDT professionals today than ever before. The American Society for Nondestructive Testing is one the world’s largest technical societies for non-destructive testing professionals.
Graduates of this program will be prepared for entry-level employment in the following areas:
- NDT technician
- Non-destructive testing evaluator
- Nuclear engineering technician
- Quality control technician
- Welding inspector