- Why Choose NDT
Why Should You Go into Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation?
If you are interested in using your hands as well as your mind in a dynamic and growing industry, Non-Destructive Test (NDT) and Evaluation may be for you. LBCC's Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation associate degree program provides hands-on training for a well-paying career that also helps make the world a safer place!
Whether driving a car or boarding a plane, the strength or structural integrity of the parts holding everything together imperative for the safety of all involved. In much the same way as a dentist checks your teeth for fractures using x-rays and other tests, NDT Technicians check parts and materials for defects, ensuring the parts are safe and structurally sound without destroying them.
NDT Technicians inspect, test, and evaluate materials, components, or assemblies for flaws or differences in characteristics that may lead to failures. They play a critical role in ensuring our transportation, bridges, buildings, and infrastructure are sound and help to prevent accidents- potentially saving lives.
In LBCC's NDT program, students get hands-on training with state-of-the-art equipment including ultrasonic phase array 3D imaging, radiography, penetrating dyes, magnetic particle inspection, and visual inspection to find surface and sub-surface flaws and anomalies.
Graduates of this program will be Level I certified in accordance with the American Society for Nondestructive Testing standards, the world's largest technical society for, nondestructive testing professionals. Opportunities exist for NDT technicians who want to move up in the industry to a Level II or III technician.
All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon. For more information go to our Career Coach page.
"NDT plays a big role in keeping our world safe and is used to test many of the things that you come in contact with everyday. Nondestructive testing means parts and materials are tested or inspected without causing damage to them. NDT methods are used to make sure that important parts on airplanes, trains, and automobiles are free of defects that could lead to an accident. NDT is also used in many other industries to make sure that parts do not have defects that would lead to unhappy customers. As a career field, non destructive testing offers many opportunities, and there is a big demand for technicians and engineers trained in NDT." - National Science Foundation
Industries that employ NDT technicians include:
- Construction & infrastructure
- Power generation
The job outlook for NDT Technicians is good, with local career opportunities at industries such as ATI Cast Products, Selmet Inc., WestPro Labs, and others.
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