Nondestructive testing students using methods to evaluate the structure of an aircraft.
27 May 2015

A Career Path In Non-Destructive Testing

Non-destructive testing (NDT) engineers and technicians design and perform tests and evaluations to identify problems, issues and flaws with materials and equipment in numerous industrial fields without destroying the serviceability and usefulness of the part or system.

NDT is essential in fabrication, manufacturing, construction and quality control across numerous fields. Technicians and engineers often come to a career in NDT by happenstance. President of PQNDT, Inc. Michael P. Serabian describes this career choice in “The Long and Winding Road: Your Career Path in NDT.”

Using a sports metaphor, Serabian explains that NDT professionals are the people who keep the lights on in the stadium so that the athletes can play. NDT specialists provide an essential services that cannot be overlooked. The career can be lucrative and fulfilling, but not always initially easy to pursue.

The Lucrative Up Side

It is good to be an NDT professional today. The market is “red hot,” with between 6,000 and 7,000 new jobs opening up in 2014, representing a 30 percent increase over 2013. Moreover the need for NDT techs and engineers isn’t going away. With the continued advancements in technology, the trend is quite the opposite. All of this represents an increase in salaries in this field that will likely continue for a while.

If you’re not happy in your current position or are just embarking on a career path, and you possess good problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and an interest in science and engineering, consider pursuing a degree in NDT and Quality Control.