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Non-Destructive Testing Specialists

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

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Currently Employed: 2,300

Projected Annual Job Openings: 220

Typical Hourly Wage: $28.50 - $44.63

Typical Annual Salary: $59,300 - $92,800

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Interpret or evaluate test results in accordance with applicable codes, standards, specifications, or procedures.
  • 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.
  • Examine structures or vehicles such as aircraft, trains, nuclear reactors, bridges, dams, and pipelines, using non-destructive testing techniques.
  • Select, calibrate, or operate equipment used in the non-destructive testing of products or materials.
  • Identify defects in solid materials, using ultrasonic testing techniques.
  • Prepare reports on non-destructive testing results.
  • Document non-destructive testing methods, processes, or results.
  • Supervise or direct the work of non-destructive testing trainees or staff.
  • Make radiographic images to detect flaws in objects while leaving objects intact.
  • Produce images of objects on film, using radiographic techniques.

tools & technology

  • Oscilloscopes
  • Radiation detectors
  • Thickness measuring devices
  • Voltage or current meters
  • X ray radiography examination equipment

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