Nondestructive testing uses sophisticated technology to examine an object or material in a manner that does not compromise its future usefulness. Nondestructive testers and quality control technicians are the scientists and detectives of the manufacturing world. Through sophisticated diagnostic testing, they solve mysteries and are challenged to do so in a non-invasive manner.
Our nondestructive testing courses are designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills necessary to perform specialized testing techniques that are required in industries including automotive, construction, flight, and manufacturing.
NDT Classes Offered at Spartan
QCT 1807 – Fundamentals of Nondestructive Testing | 7 credits
Provides the theory and application of sheet metal fabrication for use in residential and light commercial HVAC systems installation.
QCT 1817 – Introduction to NDT – Magnetic Particle and Liquid Penetrant | 7 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 Safety Data Sheets (S.D.S.). 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.
QCT 1827 – Radiation Safety | 7 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.
QCT 2807 – Radiography | 7 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.
QCT 2817 – Ultrasonic Inspection | 7 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, and 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.
QCT 2827 – Eddy Current Inspection | 7 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.
QCT 2838 – Leak Testing, Codes and Standards | 8 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).
QCT 2907 – Quality Control Management I | 7 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).
QCT 2917 – Quality Control Management II | 7 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.