NDT stands for Nondestructive Testing and depending on the industry can sometimes be referred to as NDE (Nondestructive Evaluation) or NDI (Nondestructive Inspection). NDT offers the ability to verify the integrity of a part without damaging or destroying it.
NDT is a critical component of many industries, from aerospace and oil and gas to automotive and electric utilities. Since the early 1900’s, NDT has become one of the leading technologies for a wide variety of areas, ranging from quality control of products to preventive maintenance of in-service parts.
NDT Candidates can expect high earning potential and TXNDT graduates can always attend additional classes to obtain further qualifications and increase their earnings substantially. Certified NDT Technicians should anticipate compensation packages to include full insurance benefits and substantially high wages, depending on their course of study and industry employed in.
To become certified in a NDT method, you must complete training hours, on the job training (minimum experience requirements), and pass physical, general, specific and practical exams.
Absolutely! The Non-Destructive Testing and Inspection industry has been (for the last century) and will be a growth industry for decades to come. As the infrastructure of America ages, the need for evaluation and advanced examination techniques increases. NDT and inspection are not job avenues. They are careers.
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Great question! That depends on an employer’s requirements for qualification which can be found in their written practice. Most companies written practice include a combination of training hours and examinations to qualify personnel. If written per SNT-TC-1A recommended guidelines, the following table lists those guidelines.
|Method||Level I||Level II||Total Training Hours|
Training Hours and Exams are the first two parts. On the job time in method under the supervision of a certified individual is the third and final piece to the puzzle. All the time spent calibrating, testing, reporting and observing count towards time in method. Check out TXNDT Labs for some options to work on accruing your time in method today.
The following is the SNT-TC-1A Recommended Time in Method
|Method||Level I||Level II||Total Time in Method|
Once all qualifications are met, then it becomes the responsibility of the employer to certify an employee.
You can get all levels of NDT certification through TXNDT's training program. Each level includes classroom instruction, examinations, and on-the-job training specific to your chosen NDT method.
Level one is essentially an apprenticeship, and a means of gaining supervised training in your testing method before moving ahead to level 2. In our training program, levels 1 and 2 often receive instruction together for more thorough and effective training. You can explore our course catalog to learn more about the trainings we offer at each level of NDT certification.
Level 3 NDT (also called ASNT Level 3) is the top tier of NDT certification and specialization. You must have an NDT level 3 on hand to complete any nondestructive testing at your facility. Level 3 NDTs have:
Level 3 NDT technicians lead the way in supervising, designing, and executing NDT programs. If you're a level 2 interested in pursuing level 3, we offer level 3 training. If you need level 3 support for upcoming nondestructive testing programs, we offer NDT level 3 consulting services on an as-needed basis.
Without certification, NDT technicians make between $15-30 an hour. With certification, the range broadens to between $20-$200 per hour. Earnings tend to increase based on level of certification attained, price/demand of services in a given industry using nondestructive testing, and the demands of the NDT job. TXNDT sets you up for success with training that goes above and beyond the industry standard and job placement/networking assistance after graduation.
It depends on the company's written practice, but most NDT certification lasts between 3 and 5 years. If you are not "continually working" in your testing method—performing nondestructive testing at least once every six months—your certification may lapse. Check with your certifying company or body about the conditions of your certification. TXNDT can help with recertifying in any nondestructive testing discipline.
An NDT career has many advantages, including:
When you complete NDT training and certification through TXNDT, you have the added advantage of ongoing networking and job placement assistance once you graduate with your NDT certification.
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