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Example NDT Technology Curriculum-

Nondestructive Testing Technology programs often offer students a choice between an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Nondestructive Testing or a Certificate in Nondestructive Testing. An AAS degree will typically require a minimum of 63 credit hours, but classes and course hours will be determined by state or institution requirements. An example curriculum for an AAS degree NDT program is shown below. Each class is most often three credit hours or forty-five contact hours.

Semester One
Core Classes
Introduction to Nondestructive Testing
Visual and Demential Inspection
Codes and Standards for Nondestructive Testing

Related Classes
Introduction to Microcomputers
Technical Mathematics or College Algebra
Blueprint Reading

Semester Two
Core Classes
Radiation Safety
NDT Radiographic Testing I
NDT Radiographic Testing II

Related Classes
Communications Elective: Technical Writing I, or Composition I
Humanities Elective

Semester Three
Core Classes
Introduction to Ultrasonic Testing
Advanced Ultrasonic Testing
Magnetic Particle and Liquid Penetrant
Radiographic Testing III

Related Classes
General Education Elective
Industrial Materials

Semester Four
Core Classes
Eddy Current Testing I
Eddy Current Testing II
Advanced NDT Methods
Ultrasonic Testing III

Related Classes
Social Science Elective, Interpersonal Communications, or Speech


A certificate in NDT would consist of the core NDT classes plus two or three related classes. Written Communications, Mathematics, Blueprint Reading, or Materials and Manufacturing Processes, are examples of related classes in a certificate program.