Nondestructive Testing (Diploma)
Associate of Applied Science Quality Control Management (Degree)
(Nondestructive Tester D.O.T. 011.261-018) (Quality Control Technician D.O.T. 012.261-014)

These programs prepare students for entry-level employment with many inspection companies. Students learn to operate equipment used in making magnetic particle and liquid dye penetrant inspections. They also learn the basic principles of radiation safety, metallurgy, ultrasonic inspection, eddy current leak detection, and codes and standards. Students process and interpret film using x-ray equipment. The associate degree courses in quality control provide the technical training for professional certification in the specialty. The knowledge gained by the additional general education courses enhances the students’ background and intellectual proficiency so they are more competitive in their chosen profession. 

 

 

Diploma Program

Degree Program

Total Credit Hours

50

84

Total Clock Hours

1260

1956

Total Terms

7

11

Total Months

11

17

 

Nondestructive Testing & Quality Control Specialty Courses

 

QCT 1807 – Fundamentals of Nondestructive Testing | 7 Semester Credits
Students will understand and apply common mathematical functions commonly used in Nondestructive Testing. Concepts include fractions, decimals, ratios and proportions, percentages, sign numbers, transforming formulas, powers and roots. The student will learn the basic concepts of physics to include pressures, fluid dynamics, heat and temperature, matter, energy, work power, motion, and sound. Students study the proper use of precision measurement equipment. Equipment includes: vernier calipers, dial indicators, vernier height gage, depth micrometers, inside micrometers, outside vernier micrometers, and gage blocks. Students also learn the fundamentals of blueprint reading. Topics include dimensions, symbols, scaling, title block and bill of materials, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. To meet all course objectives and maintain satisfactory academic progress, students must achieve a course grade of 70% or higher. This course is taught to meet or exceed the requirements of the current edition of SNT-TC-1A. Prerequisites: None (116 Didactic Hours – 64 Lab Hours)


QCT 1817 - Introduction to NDT | 7 Semester Credits
Students will know how basic raw materials are processed to produce steel, aluminum, magnesium, copper, tin, lead, and precious metals. The student will learn how the physical properties of metals are altered by alloying and heat-treatment. Students will gain an overview of manufacturing processes such as hot working and cold working processes. They will be able to interpret S.A.E. steel codes, the codes used to identify various types aluminum alloys, and the degree of temper and hardness. Students will practice proper work place safety and understand the scope and content of M.S.D.S. sheets. Students will learn the basic principles and methods of magnetic particle and dye penetrant inspections. Students study inspection reports, cleaning process, magnetism, field strength, properties of liquid penetrants, and equipment design. The students develop skills in equipment set-up and calibration, flaw detection, liquid dye penetrant tests, and magnetic particle testing using equipment that is standard to the industry. They will be able to clean parts, locate defects, and prepare written reports of their findings using proper terminology. Students discuss basic hand tools and their application and usage. To meet all course objectives and maintain satisfactory academic progress, students must achieve a course grade of 70% or
higher. This course is taught to meet or exceed the requirements of the current edition of SNT-TC-1A.
Prerequisites: QCT 1807 (90 Didactic Hours – 90 Lab Hours)


QCT 1827 - Radiation Safety | 7 Semester Credits
Students learn the fundamentals of radiation safety and radiographic inspection safety techniques. Students will study the causes of radiation accidents and pertinent federal and state regulations. Students also develop the skills to successfully change a dummy source and set up a gamma ray projector and accessories. To meet all course objectives and maintain satisfactory academic progress, students must achieve a course grade of 70% or higher. This course is taught to meet or exceed the requirements of the current edition of SNT-TC-1A. Prerequisites: QCT 1807 (116 Didactic Hours – 64 Lab Hours)


QCT 2807 - Radiography | 7 Semester Credits
Students review and utilize their previous (QCT 1819) radiation safety training and continue to develop skill and proficiency at producing a radiograph (with x-ray tubes and radioactive isotopes) safely and correctly. Students also learn manual film processing, handling and basic film interpretation. The student will be introduced to the concepts of digital radiography to include CR and DR concepts, digital radiography equipment, advantages and its practical applications. To meet all course objectives and maintain satisfactory academic progress, students must achieve a course grade of 70% or higher. This course is taught to meet or exceed the requirements of the current edition of SNT-TC-1A.
Prerequisites: QCT 1807 and QCT 1827 (90 Didactic Hours - 90 Lab Hours)

 

QCT 2817 – Ultrasonic Inspection | 7 Semester Credits
Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of ultrasonic testing and ultrasonic flaw detectors and perform specific setup and calibration procedures. Students learn the fundamental properties of sound waves, principles of wave propagation, generation of ultrasonic waves Students learn the fundamental properties of sound waves, principles of wave propagation, generation of ultrasonic waves, ultrasonic testing methods, and the use of testing equipment. Students develop skills using straight beam and angle beam contact testing. They also learn the basic theory of immersion testing and become familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of such testing systems. Students will accurately report test results and will calculate specific test perimeters. To meet all course objectives and maintain satisfactory academic progress, students must achieve a course grade of 70% or higher. This course is
taught to meet or exceed the requirements of the current edition of SNT-TC-1A. Prerequisites: QCT 1807
(90 Didactic Hours – 90 Lab Hours)


QCT 2827 - Eddy Current Inspection | 7 Semester Credits
Students will understand the basic theory of eddy current testing and perform standard calibrations using multipurpose eddy current equipment. They study inspection reports, cleaning processes, types of sensing elements, factors affecting coil impedance, coupling, field strength, test frequencies, and equipment design. The student develops skills in instrument set-up and calibration, conductivity
measurement for sorting of materials, thickness measurement, crack detection, plotting of impedance curves, operating point section and use equipment standard to the industry. Using the knowledge gained from classroom instruction and lab exercises, the student will conduct eddy current inspections, evaluate indications, and communicate their results in the proper format. To meet all course objectives and to maintain satisfactory academic progress, the student must achieve an overall course grade of 70% or higher and attain a 70% grade average in theory. This course is taught to meet or exceed the requirements of the current edition of SNT-TC-1A and covers the topics contained in the current Mil-Spec document. Prerequisites: QCT 1807 (90 Didactic Hours – 90 Lab Hours)

QCT 2838 - Leak Testing, Codes and Standards | 8 Semester Credits
Students will understand and apply the basic principles and methods of leak testing. Students learn basic visual inspection techniques, the physical properties of gases and safety hazards involved with leak testing. They study technical data prepared by the American Welding Society (AWS), the American Petroleum Institute (API), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and MIL standards. The student is required to successfully complete the level I and Level II, General and Specific written examinations in accordance with the American Society for Nondestructive Testing Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A, Personnel Qualification and Certification in Nondestructive Testing in the following methods: Eddy Current Testing (ET); Liquid Penetrant Testing (PT); Magnetic Particle Testing (MT); Ultrasonic Testing (UT); and Radiographic Testing (RT). To meet all course objectives and maintain satisfactory academic progress, students must achieve a course grade of 70% or higher.
Prerequisites: QCT 1807, QCT 1817, QCT 1827, QCT 2807, QCT 2817, and QCT 2827 or permission of the Department Head. (150 Didactic Hours – 30 Lab Hours)


QCT 2907 – Quality Control Management I | 7 Semester Credits
Students will compare and contrast differences in engineering data used in various industries, including aerospace. The student will be introduced to the concept of Digital Product Definition and Model Based Definition. Students will be introduced to the concepts of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) and its applied math. Familiarization with current technologies like coordinating measuring machines, optical inspection systems, and laser scanning systems will be included while stressing the technical abilities required using this type of equipment. Students will get additional training in metrology with hands on use of inspection equipment such as calipers, micrometers, height gages, etc. and apply GD&T previously learned. Calibration techniques, standards, and database maintenance will be reviewed. Students will review concepts of First Piece and First Article Inspection with familiarization in the first
piece, in process, final inspections, and documenting formal first articles (AS9102). At this point the student should be able to read and understand all flag notes or a bill of materials and know how they apply to the finished product. Students will become familiar with statistically valid sampling plans and statistical process control (SPC). To meet all course objectives and maintain satisfactory academic
progress students must achieve a course grade of 70% or higher. Prerequisites: All NDT classes or permission of the Department Head (90 Didactic Hours – 90 Lab Hours)

 

QCT 2917 Quality Control Management II | 7 Semester Credits
Students will gain understanding of Quality Management Systems (QMS) including ISO9001 and AS9100. Students will discuss document hierarchy with an overview of the types of documents found in a QMS, including quality manuals, procedures, work instructions and technical data components. Document and record control will also be included. Students will review audit procedures including internal audits, customer audits and regulatory audits. Corrective and preventive action procedures will be discussed, including root cause analysis techniques and control of non-conforming product. Students will understand the theories behind setting and measuring quality objectives and quality planning. Supplier assessments and customer communications techniques will be demonstrated. Students will review Lean Manufacturing tools providing a basic understanding of Kaizen events, 5S, Kanban, Six Sigma, and others. To meet all course objectives and maintain satisfactory academic progress, students must achieve a course grade of 70% or higher. Prerequisites: All NDT classes or permission of the Department Head (90 Didactic Hours – 90 Lab Hours)

 

 

 

 

General Education Courses

ENG 1123 - English Composition I | 3 Semester Credits
This course is a practical expository writing experience in standard usage and essential writing skills. Emphasis is given to the development of the basic sentence, paragraph and essay. (48 Theory Hours)

HIS 1163 - American History: 1865 to Present | 3 Semester Credits

Students trace the economic, political, social, and intellectual development that shaped modern America. They investigate in detail the impact of industrialization in shaping the emerging nation. (48 Theory Hours)

 

MAT 1794 – Intermediate Algebra | 4 Semester Credits
After completing this course, students will be able to perform the mathematical calculations necessary to be successful in many different technical career fields. They will review basic mathematical concepts, become familiar with geometry and trigonometry, and be able to explain how algebra is used as a problem-solving tool in many areas. The student will be able to solve various types of equations and
perform operations on polynomials, quadratic functions, logarithms, and imaginary and complex numbers. Students will demonstrate their competence in these areas by achieving a minimum weighted grade of 60%. (64 Didactic Hours)

 

PHY 2134 - College Physics | 4 Semester Credits
An algebra-based introductory course covering the principles of mechanics, fluids, waves, sound and heat. Practical examples of the role of physics in other disciplines are provided. Laboratory work is included. Prerequisite: PHY 1784 or Equivalent (48 Didactic Hours - 32 Lab Hours)

 

 

PSC 1193 - American Federal Government | 3 Semester Credits
This is an introductory course in American Government, intended to provide students with an overview of the way the American Government functions. Emphasis is on the Constitution, the specific branches of government, the role of politics in the government, and the relationship between the government and the individual. (48 Theory Hours)

SPH 2113 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking | 3 Semester Credits
This is an introductory course in oral communication emphasizing effective listening, group discussion and group problem-solving techniques, organizational skills, use of evidence and persuasion, and effective delivery techniques. (48 Theory Hours)

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