NDT Training, The Benefits in Today's Economy

August 22, 2016



What is NDT?

NDT stands for Non-destructive Technology. Non-destructive refers to a type of inspection or testing that does not damage the product being inspected. NDT is used in a wide range of industrial activity, with new NDT methods and applications being continuously developed. NDT methods are routinely applied in industries where the failure of a component would cause significant hazard or economic loss, such as in transportation, pressure vessels, building structures, piping, and hoisting equipment. Because NDT does not permanently alter the article being inspected, it is a highly valuable technique that can save both money and time in product evaluation, troubleshooting, and research. In most cases, NDT does not require the product to be opened or taken out of service (as most NDT methods are portable). This is particularly useful in industries such as oil and gas and aerospace.

NDT provides an additional level of insurance and safety to all metal products that are created. There are specific standards that steel needs to maintain, and these standards are particularly important in high liability industries such as aerospace. NDT ensures that these minimum specifications are maintained.

Why choose to be an NDT technician?

To become an NDT technician is a very important career choice! An NDT technician helps to protect people and industries from defects and potentially negligent or dangerous products.  NDT plays a crucial role in everyday life and is necessary to assure safety and reliability. Typical examples are found in aircraft, spacecraft (shuttle), motor vehicles, pipelines, bridges, trains, power stations, refineries, buildings and oil platforms which are all inspected using NDT.

How to become a technician

NDT Training is a very important tool for any person interested in the NDT world. NDT training is provided in several parts.

1.      Generally, for the new initiate, there is a 40 hour (one week) course that must be taken (either in class or online).

2.      Once that is acquired, the student must get on-the-job or “practical” training. This means that once an employer hires you on, you need to work as an “apprentice” of sorts, for a few hundred hours to gain competency with the equipment.

3.      Once you’ve acquired both of these, you can apply for certification within your country or region.

4.      There are two options for certification: 1) National Certifications (ASNT, CGSB, PCN, etc.) or 2) Company Certification (SNT-TC-1A). The company certification allows you to be certified in-house by a Level III within your company if it is displayed in your company’s written practice and procedure documents. However, the disadvantage is that if you leave the company, the certification may not go with you. Also, certain clients require the National Certification as it is often a more standardized process that generally has more rigorous requirements.