Diploma | 10 Months

Nondestructive Testing Technology

Associate of Applied Science | 15 Months

Quality Control Management

NONDESTRUCTIVE TESTING TECHNOLOGY & QUALITY CONTROL MANAGEMENT

Training the Next Generation of Nondestructive Testing Technicians

Nondestructive testing is the examination of an object or material without compromising its future usefulness. Nondestructive tests are performed to identify internal or external imperfections, determine structure, composition, and properties, or to measure geometric characteristics without affecting the form, fit, or function of the test subject. Nondestructive testers and quality control technicians are the scientists and detectives of the manufacturing world. Learn to use sophisticated diagnostic testing to solve mysteries in a non-invasive manner at Spartan College.

Diploma | 10 Months

Nondestructive Testing Technology

Associate of Applied Science | 15 Months

Nondestructive Testing Technology

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What equipment does our school have to offer?

  • Caliper Micrometers

  • X-ray Tubes, Film Viewing/ Interpretation and Digital Imaging Equipment

  • Penetrant Dyes and Developers

  • Ultrasonic Testers and Assorted Transducers

  • Eddy Current Tester and Assorted Probes for ET

Caliper Micrometers

Calipers are precision instruments used to measure physical dimensions, often inside measurements, outside measurements, or depths.

X-ray Tubes, Film Viewing/ Interpretation and Digital Imaging Equipment

Digital imaging requires an x-ray unit, sensors to capture the images, computer hardware and software to view, store, and transfer images.

Penetrant Dyes and Developers

Widely applied and low-cost inspection method used to check surface-breaking defects in all non-porous materials.

Ultrasonic Testers and Assorted Transducers

Technique based on the propagation of ultrasonic waves in the object or material tested. Ultrasonic testing is often performed on steel and other metals and alloys, though it can also be used on concrete, wood and composites.

Eddy Current Tester and Assorted Probes for ET

Eddy currents are loops of electrical current induced within conductors by a changing magnetic field in the conductor

Interested in Learning More?

Sample Classes

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 1002 - Visual Testing
4 credit hours

NDT 1002 - Visual Testing
4 credit hours

Students will learn the various materials and processes associated with metallurgy. Students will learn Level I and Level II theory for the VT inspection method. They will attain a working knowledge in the navigation and application of various industry codes and standards as they apply to VT.

NDT 1003 Core Nondestructive Testing Methods
4 credits hours

NDT 1003 Core Nondestructive Testing Methods
4 credits hours

Students will learn Level I and Level II theory for Liquid Penetrant Testing (PT) and Magnetic Particle Testing (MT) inspection methods. They will attain a working knowledge in the navigation and application of various industry codes and standards as they apply to the Core Methods.

NDT 1007 Introduction to ultrasonic testing
4 credit hours

NDT 1007 Introduction to ultrasonic testing
4 credit hours

Students will learn Level I theory for the UT inspection method. They will attain a working knowledge in the navigation and application of various industry codes and standards as they apply to different ultrasonic inspection techniques. 

Industry Outlook
Alumni have gone on to hold positions like:
  • Eddy Current Technician
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Magnetic Particle Technician
  • Ultrasonic Testing Technician
  • Industrial Radiographer Assistant
  • Industrial Radiographer
  • Ability to plan, prepare and set-up equipment and examine the system(s) to locate and identify cracks or other defects.
  • Supervise and train lower level personnel in reporting and in evaluating the validity and acceptability of the inspection, examination and / or test results.
  • Determines and calibrates test equipment settings according to type of inspection being performed using standard practice and manual instructions as required.
  • Inventory equipment ensuring job ready status after each job and perform preventative maintenance on all service equipment.
  • Ensures all documents relating to a job are prepared and processed according to established procedures.
  • Answers questions and provides information related to projects including resolving problems, handling complaints and providing technical expertise in area of assignment.
  • Adhere to Employee's Responsibilities section set forth in Conco's Safety Policies & Procedure Manual.
  • Inspect products to ensure that they meet quality standards.
  • Create tests for quality control of products.
  • Disassemble product parts to inspect them individually.
  • Monitor production operations to ensure conformance to company specifications.
  • Direct assembly adjustments to ensure operations reflect quality standards.
  • Ensure products meet customer expectations based on company objectives.
  • Communicate the results of inspections and put forward corrective suggestions.
  • Write reports to document deficiencies and errors of products.
  • Performs inspection in accordance with approved work instructions.
  • Immerses or sprays ferrous magnetic metal parts with iron oxide solution.
  • Positions parts between contacts of magnetic testing equipment and activates switch to induce magnetic field that attracts and accumulates iron oxide particles at defective points.
  • Examines parts under fluorescent or black lighting to detect indications at or near part surfaces indicated by thick deposits of iron oxide particles. Evaluates indications against acceptance criteria to determine if they are defects.
  • Removes surface defects by grinding or marks part defects for repair or scrap depending on nature and extent of defects.
  • Moves heavy parts by using forklifts and cranes.
  • Generates test reports, certifications and deviation reports as needed.
  • Perform surface inspections with Dye Penetrant materials.
  • Interpret and evaluate results on a range of different weldments, castings, forgings, and materials produced from different methods.
  • Perform volumetric NDE inspections with advanced ultrasonic immersion machines.
  • Perform volumetric NDE inspections with longitudinal wave and shear wave hand scan techniques.
  • Perform Visual Inspections.
  • Communicate and report findings to production & Engineering.
  • Interpret and review engineering drawings as required.
  • Support the development of NDE inspection techniques for complex geometries.
  • Assist in training and developing others within the team.
  • Support research and development in to system qualification and certification for critical processes.
  • Perform radiographic inspections to ASME, ANSI, AWS and API related codes and standards.
  • Experience shooting and viewing casings, forgings, piping, etc.
  • Evaluate and interpret results per code of construction and/or customer requirements.
  • Prepare inspection/examination reports in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Maintain responsibility in security and control of radiographic equipment in accordance with federal/state/local requirements.
  • Provide support and on-the-job training to all assistant radiographers, trainees.
  • Perform radiographic operations including selection of appropriate techniques, positioning of materials, exposure of film, etc. to identify and assess defects in castings and weldments.
  • Perform all darkroom procedures to develop film.
  • Interpretation of film results to determine whether parts pass or fail inspection based on knowledge of defect seriousness, codes, standards and customer specifications.
  • Prepare necessary documentation of inspection process.
  • Move parts by hand and using forklifts, hoists and other lifting equipment, to facilitate inspection.
  • Review new customer orders to help determine proper processing through X-Ray operations.
  • Ability to plan, prepare and set-up equipment and examine the system(s) to locate and identify cracks or other defects.
  • Supervise and train lower level personnel in reporting and in evaluating the validity and acceptability of the inspection, examination and / or test results.
  • Determines and calibrates test equipment settings according to type of inspection being performed using standard practice and manual instructions as required.
  • Inventory equipment ensuring job ready status after each job and perform preventative maintenance on all service equipment.
  • Ensures all documents relating to a job are prepared and processed according to established procedures.
  • Answers questions and provides information related to projects including resolving problems, handling complaints and providing technical expertise in area of assignment.
  • Adhere to Employee’s Responsibilities section set forth in Conco’s Safety Policies & Procedure Manual.
  • Inspect products to ensure that they meet quality standards.
  • Create tests for quality control of products.
  • Disassemble product parts to inspect them individually.
  • Monitor production operations to ensure conformance to company specifications.
  • Direct assembly adjustments to ensure operations reflect quality standards.
  • Ensure products meet customer expectations based on company objectives.
  • Communicate the results of inspections and put forward corrective suggestions.
  • Write reports to document deficiencies and errors of products.
  • Performs inspection in accordance with approved work instructions.
  • Immerses or sprays ferrous magnetic metal parts with iron oxide solution.
  • Positions parts between contacts of magnetic testing equipment and activates switch to induce magnetic field that attracts and accumulates iron oxide particles at defective points.
  • Examines parts under fluorescent or black lighting to detect indications at or near part surfaces indicated by thick deposits of iron oxide particles. Evaluates indications against acceptance criteria to determine if they are defects.
  • Removes surface defects by grinding or marks part defects for repair or scrap depending on nature and extent of defects.
  • Moves heavy parts by using forklifts and cranes.
  • Generates test reports, certifications and deviation reports as needed.
  • Perform surface inspections with Dye Penetrant materials.
  • Interpret and evaluate results on a range of different weldments, castings, forgings, and materials produced from different methods.
  • Perform volumetric NDE inspections with advanced ultrasonic immersion machines.
  • Perform volumetric NDE inspections with longitudinal wave and shear wave hand scan techniques.
  • Perform Visual Inspections.
  • Communicate and report findings to production & Engineering.
  • Interpret and review engineering drawings as required.
  • Support the development of NDE inspection techniques for complex geometries.
  • Assist in training and developing others within the team.
  • Support research and development in to system qualification and certification for critical processes.
  • Perform radiographic inspections to ASME, ANSI, AWS and API related codes and standards.
  • Experience shooting and viewing casings, forgings, piping, etc.
  • Evaluate and interpret results per code of construction and/or customer requirements.
  • Prepare inspection/examination reports in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Maintain responsibility in security and control of radiographic equipment in accordance with federal/state/local requirements.
  • Provide support and on-the-job training to all assistant radiographers, trainees.
  •  
  • Perform radiographic operations including selection of appropriate techniques, positioning of materials, exposure of film, etc. to identify and assess defects in castings and weldments.
  • Perform all darkroom procedures to develop film.
  • Interpretation of film results to determine whether parts pass or fail inspection based on knowledge of defect seriousness, codes, standards and customer specifications.
  • Prepare necessary documentation of inspection process.
  • Move parts by hand and using forklifts, hoists and other lifting equipment, to facilitate inspection.
  • Review new customer orders to help determine proper processing through X-Ray operations.
Alumni have gone on to hold positions like: 

Quality Control Inspector

Quality Control Manager

Eddy Current Technician

Magnetic Particle Technician

Ultrasonic Testing Technician

Industrial Radiographer Assistant

Industrial Radiographer

Alumni have held employment at:

Applied Technical Services

Honeywell International, Inc.

Longview Inspection

METCO

Underwriters Laboratories

Mistras

Sabre Industries

NAVAIR

NAVSEA

Air Force Civilian

Webco

Course Work

Nondestructive Testing technicians learn how to perform tests and analyze procedures and equipment necessary to ensure the safety and reliability of a company, and its products.  Graduates of the Spartan College nondestructive testing program will learn concepts in courses such as:

Covers how to safely produce a radiograph (with x-ray tubes and radioactive isotopes); manual film processing, automatic film processing, and digital imaging; basic radiograph interpretation and evaluation.

Learn the theory of eddy current testing; how to perform standard eddy current calibrations, conductivity tests and various eddy current testing techniques

Develop knowledge and skills in liquid penetrant testing equipment set-up and application, as well as the interpretation and evaluation of liquid penetrant testing indications

Develop knowledge and skills in magnetic particle testing equipment set-up and application, as well as the interpretation and evaluation of magnetic particle testing indications.

Gain a fundamental understanding of the principles of ultrasonic testing, and perform setups, calibrations, and inspections utilizing ultrasound.

Learn the theory of visual testing, how to visually recognize material discontinuities, and take precision measurements utilizing a variety of gages and tools.

Teaches how to compare and contrast differences in engineering data used in various industries, including aerospace as well as documenting hierarchy of the types of documents found in a QMS

Ultrasonic test to detect imperfection or defect of steel plate in factory, NDT Inspection.
Program Details
Nondestructive Testing Technology (Diploma) | 10 Months

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, codes, and standards. Students also process and interpret film using x-ray equipment. These sophisticated techniques are used to inspect or locate potential hazards in products, parts, welds, or other critical areas requiring investigation. These tests are performed without destroying the use of the part or product while determining its safety.

One of our quickest programs to complete, students can finish the NDT testing program in as few as 10 months, then apply to complete their degree in quality control management in an additional 5 months.

Quality Control Management (Associate of Applied Science) | 15 Months

Train in quality control management and nondestructive testing methods, where you learn to examine whether all products or parts being examined are constructed or repaired in accordance with approved procedures and specifications. NDT testing methods, as quality assurance management tools, can be used to help with cost reduction, accident prevention, and improvement of product reliability, all of which are key critical areas of importance to any company. The associate courses in quality control management provide additional technical training in the specialty, as well as general education courses focused on interpersonal skills such as oral and written communication, customer service and diversity in the workplace.

NDT and quality control measures are critical to the daily functions of many companies. These tests and analytical procedures are necessary to ensure safety and reliability for a company, its people, and its products. Motor vehicles, aircraft, bridges, power stations, trains, pipelines, oil platforms, and refineries are all inspected using Nondestructive testing methods.

NDT and Quality Control methods are used in a variety of industries including:

  • Aerospace
  • Aviation
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Amusements Parks
  • Railroads
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