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Jobs in NDT: Can I Provide Non Destructive Testing as an Independent Contractor?

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While it can be a headache during tax season, freelancing and independent contracting can be quite alluring job opportunities. According to SureHand, roughly 10 percent of Level 2 certified NDT technicians operate independently.

Contracting outside of a traditional company allows each individual technician to determine their own hours, allowing for more control over compensation and overall autonomy with projects.

While freedom and agency in nondestructive testing projects can offer flexibility, working through a larger company has a number of benefits.

By contracting testing through a nondestructive testing services provider, you reap the benefits of a number of technicians who have a variety of experiences and can share expertise. You also have the added benefit of previous clients who can vouch for your strength and reliability as a company.

NDT companies are also much more likely to have sophisticated insurance policies and quality assurance processes to best protect clients and technicians working with sensitive materials.

Whatever method you choose-- contracting independently or through a company-- there are a few important things to consider.

Level III NDT Services

As an NDT technician, you should be prepared to fully provide all services necessary, up to Level III.

Level III technicians demonstrate considerable skill in their field and have the training and certification necessary to both perform their jobs and instruct others. Without the support of a reputable company behind you, you might be hard-pressed to find work if you have any less that Level III nondestructive testing certification.

A technician providing Level III services should possess the following to be considered reliable:

  • A degree in engineering or science from a university or college with a minimum one year of Level II experience in the specific NDT discipline(s)
  • At least two years of science or engineering study at a college, university, or technical school passed, with two years of Level II experience in the specific NDT discipline(s)
  • Four years of Level II experience in the specific NDT discipline(s)

NDT Training and Certification

If you want to work as an independent contractor, it is vital that you receive your nondestructive testing certification from a trusted organization.

At TXNDT, we have a storied career of equipping and empowering technicians to become experts in their field, providing hands-on training and real world experience from the beginning.

Technicians certified through TXNDT’s NDT courses receive training from experienced professionals who guide each emerging technician through the evolving world of nondestructive testing and prepare them for their entrance into an exciting and multifaceted career.

If you’re an engineer looking for ways to develop your skills and broaden your horizons, NDT training is the perfect place to start. Whether you want to start training to later contract independently, or become a more skilled technician as a part of a large corporation, TXNDT is the right choice for NDT courses.

From introductory NDT courses to NDT level 3 certification, we ensure that personnel are qualified and equipped to best serve their job functions and stay aware of any and all compliance needs and specifications.

If you or your staff are looking for ways to expand your skills and broaden your career opportunities through nondestructive testing courses, give us a call to day at (281) 231-0001 or check out our website for more information.