Non-Destructive Testing Specialists

Test the safety of structures, vehicles, or vessels using x-ray, ultrasound, fiber optic or related equipment.

Median Annual Wage: $61,580

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (55%); Post-secondary certificate (17%); Less than high school diploma (7%)

Projected Growth: Little or no change (-2% to 2%)

Related Job Titles: Non-Destructive Testing Specialist; Quality Manager; Non-Destructive Testing Technician; Quality Engineer; Non-Destructive Testing Services Director; Non-Destructive Testing Supervisor

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  • Interpret the results of all methods of non-destructive testing (NDT) such as acoustic emission, electromagnetic, leak, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, neutron radiographic, radiographic, thermal or infrared, ultrasonic, vibration analysis, and visual testing.
  • Select, calibrate, or operate equipment used in the non-destructive testing (NDT) of products or materials.
  • Examine structures or vehicles such as aircraft, trains, nuclear reactors, bridges, dams, and pipelines using non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques.
  • Make radiographic images to detect flaws in objects while leaving objects intact.
  • Identify defects in solid materials using ultrasonic testing techniques.
  • Conduct liquid penetrant tests to locate surface cracks by coating objects with fluorescent dyes, cleaning excess penetrant, and applying developer.
  • Prepare reports on non-destructive testing (NDT) results.
  • Document non-destructive testing (NDT) methods, processes, or results.
  • Produce images of objects on film using radiographic techniques.
  • Visually examine materials, structures, or components using tools and equipment such as endoscopes, closed circuit television systems, and fiber optics for signs of corrosion, metal fatigue, cracks, or other flaws.
  • Supervise or direct the work of non-destructive testing (NDT) trainees or staff.
  • Map the presence of imperfections within objects using sonic measurements.
  • Develop or use new non-destructive testing (NDT) methods such as acoustic emission testing, leak testing, and thermal or infrared testing.

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Non-Destructive Testing Specialists.

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