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Nondestructive Testing Technology & Quality Control Management

Diploma | 10 Months
Associate of Applied Science | 15 Months
Next Start Date: 8/23/21
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Training the Next Generation of Nondestructive Testing Technicians

Nondestructive testing technology 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.

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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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Course Work

Nondestructive Testing Technology 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:

Radiographic Testing

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.

Eddy Current Testing

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

Liquid Penetrant Testing

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.

Magnetic Particle Testing

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.

Ultrasonic Testing

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

Visual Testing

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

Quality Control Management (for QC Grads)

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.
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WHAT EQUIPMENT DOES OUR SCHOOL HAVE TO OFFER?

CALIPER MICROMETERS

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

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

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

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 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.

Industry Outlook


 

Alumni have gone on to hold positions like:

Eddy Current Technician

  • 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.

Quality Control Inspector

  • 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.

Magnetic Particle Technician

  • 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.

Ultrasonic Testing Technician

  • 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.

Industrial Radiographer Assistant

  • 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.

Industrial Radiographer

  • 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.

Sample Classes

Our nondestructive testing technology 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
NDT 1003 Core Nondestructive Testing Methods
NDT 1007 Introduction To Ultrasonic Testing
NDT 1002 - Visual Testing

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

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

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.

FAQ's


 

How long is the Nondestructive Testing Technology (NDT) program?

Approximately 10 months to earn your diploma.

How long is the Quality Control Management (QCM) program?

You can earn your Associate of Applied Science in just 15 months.

Are there any prerequisites for the NDT or QCM programs?

Being able to prove that you’ve graduated from high school or have earned your GED, is the first step. See our College Catalog for more information. 

What is the difference between Nondestructive Testing Technology (NDT) and Quality Control Management (QCM)?

At the end of the day, NDT training is an integral part of QC trainingIt’s a tool used for both quality control and quality assurance practices. QCM puts a larger emphasis and focuses on the quality management aspect of the industry. 

What industries do people who have earned their NDT diploma or QCM associate’s work in?

Great question, Spartan’s have gone to work in roles like:  

  • Quality Control Inspector 
  • Eddy Current Technician 
  • Magnetic Particle Technician 
  • Ultrasonic Testing Technician 
  • Industrial Radiographer 
  • Industrial Radiographer Assistant

How much does the NDT and/or QCM program going to cost me?

While we offer scholarships and financial aid to those who are eligible, you can find the full breakdown in our up-to-date Catalog Supplement guide. 

What training devices will I get to train with in the program?

When you train with Spartan College, you’ll get a toolkit to train which includes precision measuring instruments like: calipers and micrometers for visual testing, magnetic yokes for magnetic particle testing, penetrant dyes and developers for PT, X-ray tubes, film viewing/interpretation equipment, digital imaging equipment, auto and manual film processing equipment for radiographic testing, eddy current tester and assorted probes for eddy current testing, as well as various ultrasonic testers and assorted transducers for ultrasonic testing.

NDT students practice on real aircraft, piping, welds, and anything that needs to be inspected.

What testing methods are used in the program?

This program teaches a wide variety of testing methods. Some of these are radiographic testing, eddy current testing, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle testing, ultrasonic testing, and visual testing.

What classes do I have to take for NDT program?

You’ll take a variety of classes, including Visual Testing, Core Nondestructive Testing, Introduction to Nondestructive Testing, and more.

What topics will I be taught in Quality Control Management?

You’ll learn about the quality management, ISO 9000, total quality tools and techniques when it comes to working with technology.

Are general education classes a part of the program?

Yes, like most higher education and trade schools, we incorporate general education classes that are important to the specific program you’re studying at Spartan College. 

Are class schedules flexible?

We have fixed class schedules. Schedules are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and class schedules vary for each class start date. Don’t worry, most Spartan students find program schedules to fit into their busy lifestyle.

How much of the program is hands-on learning?

Roughly 50/50 hands-on learning and classroom learning.

What certifications will I earn in this program?

There are no certifications that result from the education you’ll gain at Spartan, but it’s part of the requirement for working in the NDT industry. To take the certification test, students need to have certain amount of experience hours.  Typically, once students gain employment in the industry, their job will ensure they take the three-part test: theory test, practical test, and specification test that they need to start fully working independently in their role.

Is there an extra fee for certifications?

Normally, NDT graduates will gain an in-house certification once they’re employed and pass the three exams, theory test, practical test, and specification test. These costs are typically paid for by the employer, if not they are out of pocket.

Do I need to complete an internship before graduation?

No, internships are not part of the program. However, after gaining your first job, you’ll find you’ll usually enter the workforce as an apprentice.

What are NDT & QCM Spartan alumni saying about the programs?

Find out for yourself. Hear from recent Spartan NDT & QCM graduates from the Tulsa, OK campus.

You probably have a lot of questions about college. If you don’t find the answers you need on these pages, just call 918-831-8688 to speak with an admissions representative.

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