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What Do NDTers Do?


NDT is a diverse, exciting and technically emerging field which continues to grow. People with backgrounds in nondestructive testing technology find themselves working in a variety of industries done all kinds of different things. In general, NDT personnel develop and carryout inspections and measurements on objects. These inspections are performed in a manner such that no damage is done to the object. Below is information on some of the industries that NDT personnel work in and what they do.

Where do people in the NDT industry work?

  • Aircraft and Aerospace
  • Power generation and utilities
  • Chemical and Petrochemical
  • Bridge and Building fabrication / erection
  • Independent testing laboratories
  • Electronics and Microelectronics
  • Defense and Military (Civil and Enlisted)
  • General manufacturing companies
  • Historical renovation
  • Infrastructure construction and maintenance
  • Automotive
  • Rail
  • Marine
  • Large ship construction
  • Computer

What do people in NDT do?

  • Contractors/Business owners: Provide consulting and inspection services that are mandated by insurance companies as well as local, state and federal enforcement agencies. In addition, provide quality control services to companies that may not have the resources or trained personnel to perform these inspections.
  • Technicians: Perform, monitor, witness or evaluate inspections using a variety of inspection methods and quality assessment techniques such as ultrasound examinations , x-ray and gamma radiography imaging, magnetic particle and liquid penetrant defect detection, a variety of different electromagnetic inspection methods as well as many others.

  • Local, State and Federal Inspectors: Commonly employed by city, state and federal agencies as well as the military to assure that both fabrication and maintenance inspections are properly conducted in accordance with regulatory requirements.

  • Sales and Marketing: Provide technical expertise, services and equipment to meet quality control needs in a variety of industries.

  • Engineers: Assist companies in all phases of project development including design, fabrication and specifying inspection techniques and methods used to ensure product reliability and longevity.

  • Research and Development: Professionals constantly working on improving our inspection methods and techniques as well as new and improved materials and products utilized in the industry.