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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.

    Work Activities
    • 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 (NDT) techniques.
    • Select, calibrate, or operate equipment used in the non-destructive testing (NDT) of products or materials.
    • Identify defects in solid materials using ultrasonic testing techniques.
    • Prepare reports on non-destructive testing (NDT) results.
    • Document non-destructive testing (NDT) methods, processes, or results.
    • Supervise or direct the work of non-destructive testing (NDT) trainees or staff.
    • Make radiographic images to detect flaws in objects while leaving objects intact.
    • Produce images of objects on film, using radiographic techniques.
    • Map the presence of imperfections within objects, using sonic measurements.
    • Conduct liquid penetrant tests to locate surface cracks by coating objects with fluorescent dyes, cleaning excess penetrant, and applying developer.
    • Visually examine materials, structures, or components for signs of corrosion, metal fatigue, cracks, or other flaws, using tools and equipment such as endoscopes, closed circuit television systems, and fiber optics.
    • Identify defects in concrete or other building materials, using thermal or infrared testing.
    • Develop or use new non-destructive testing (NDT) methods, such as acoustic emission testing, leak testing, and thermal or infrared testing.
    • Evaluate material properties, using radio astronomy, voltage and amperage measurement, or rheometric flow measurement.
    • 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.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $57,970/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $27.87/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 3,280
    • Yearly Projected Openings 310
    Typical Education
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative
    • Independence
    • X ray radiography examination equipment
    • Voltage or current meters
    • Thickness measuring devices
    • Radiation detectors
    • Oscilloscopes
    • Project management software
    • Office suite software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software